Zimbabwe Afro-jazz star Oliver Mtukudzi declared national hero

Tributes pour in for the legend who drew a following across Africa and beyond after he died 66, reportedly from diabetes complications.

    A funeral has been held for Zimbabwean musician Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, an Afro-jazz star, who died on Wednesday at the age of 66. According to various reports, the renowned musician passed away at a hospital in Harare, succumbing to diabetes complications.

    A legend in the vibrant cross-genre music of Afro-jazz, Mtukudzi released 66 albums in a career that spanned 45 years.

    He has also been praised for his positive social and political influences, as Zimbabwe’s government declared him a national hero.

    Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from his home town Madziwa, where a funeral has been held for him.

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