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Oliver Mtukudzi

Oliver Mtukudzi

Origin: Zimbabwe

Main instrument: Acoustic guitar/electric guitar

Genre: World

Over the years, Zimbabwe-born guitarist, singer and songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi has developped a sonic signature very much his own. Dubbed "Tuku Music", the artist's sound mixes different musical and cultural traditions of the South of Africa. In 1977, Mtukudzi joined Wagon Wheels, a group which also featured Thomas Mapfumo. Two years later, he put together The Black Spirits, the band which would perform with him throughout his career. Tuku's first album, Africa, arrived in 1980, not long after his country had declared its independance. A consummate live performer, Kutu has also found work in film, as an actor and composer. His rich discography includes Tuku Music (1999), Tsivo (2004) and Tsimba Itsoka (2007). In 2010, Mtukudzi took part in the Acoustic Africa tour with Malian guitarists Habib Koité and Alef Bocoum.


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