Music legend Yvonne Chaka Chaka mourns the loss of Oliver Mtukudzi and remembers him as a man who had great humility and never lost who he was despite giving so much of himself to his music.
Africa mourns the loss of legendary Zimbabwean musician, Oliver Mtukudzi, who has passed away after a long struggle with health issues.
The 66-year old icon was a most beloved musician and released 58 albums during his musical career.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka is truly saddened by Oliver's death; he was one of her musical mentors and will always have a special place in her heart.
Briefly.co.za gathered that TimesLIVE reported that Yvonne remembered how she celebrated Hugh Masekela with Oliver, only to mourn his loss a year later.
It hit me really hard to remember how we - myself, Oliver, Hotstix - were together celebrating the life of a great man and a friend Bra Hugh last year.
And this year, on the very same day one of us is gone again. It is sad and truly makes you appreciate life for what it is, something that is all in the hands of a higher power.
The singer remembers Oliver as the humble man who mentored her.
I feel very blessed to have been mentored and taught life and music by great people such as Hugh and Oliver. It's such a distinct privilege.
I remember back in October he called and said, 'Yvonne I want you to come and perform with me here at home'. It was for the Jacaranda concert that was meant to share music and joy with the people of Zimbabwe. That is the kind of man he was, a man who always looked to share joy.
The one thing I will miss the most is how humble he was. Oliver never had a chip on his shoulder, even though we all knew how big a deal he was. I mean, he was a superstar but he never made anyone feel that way. He would off himself in every interaction; on stage, with young people, with peers and in music.
Oliver's death leaves behind a hole in the music industry that will never be filled.
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