The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has announced that it will pay tribute to Oliver Mtukudzi. This comes after the legend, who was billed to perform at this year’s festival, died earlier this week. The tribute will fill his slot at and will include the music icon, Vusi Mahlasela.
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In a statement shared on social media, the festival’s Director, Billy Domingo, shared in part: “the jazz world has lost another masterful and magical musician in Oliver, and we will all be the poorer for that.”
We can’t wait to see the Cape Town International Jazz Festival tribute to Oliver Mtukudzi.
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The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) Festival Director Billy Domingo, and the management team are devastated to learn of the untimely passing today (23 January) of renowned Zimbabwean jazz legend, Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, aged 66, in Harare, Zimbabwe, after battling an illness for the past month. His death comes on the first anniversary of the death of his great friend and fellow musical icon, South Africa’s Hugh Masekela. This dynamic duo of African music giants wowed the crowds at the CTIJF, and Oliver also performed at the festival’s Hugh Masekela tribute concert following his death last year. He was a hugely popular performer on the CTIJF stage, and enjoyed sold-out performances in the 2002 and 2008 events, besides featuring in many other performances at the festival over the years. “The jazz world has lost another masterful and magical musician in Oliver, and we will all be the poorer for that,” said Domingo. “He was on the bill to perform this year in a collaboration with South African musician and songwriter Vusi Mahlasela, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Africa’s Grandest Gathering. “We are deeply saddened by this news. His performance with Vusi would have been one of the highlights of this year’s festival, and his absence on our stage will be sorely felt. We send our heartfelt condolences to Oliver’s family and friends, and mourn his passing together with his thousands of global fans across the world.” The upcoming festival will pay tribute to Oliver Mtukudzi with a commemorative tribute in his honour to fill his CTIJF 2019 line-up slot, including Vusi Mahlasela. #RIPTuku
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