Regarded by some as the greatest musician to have ever lived in Zimbabwe, Oliver Mtukudzi serenaded the world with beautiful music.
Throughout the course of his music, Oliver Mtukudzi was able to accumulate good fortune thanks to his unmatched talent.
Here is a look at the late Oliver Mtukudzi’s net worth, his background and musical journey, his advocacy works, as well as his death. He sure is missed by millions who loved his music.
What was Oliver Mtukudzi’s net worth?
According to several online sources, Oliver Mtukudzi’s net worth was estimated at between $1-$3 million
Oliver Mtukudzi’s background
Mtukudzi was born on September 22, 1952, in Highfield, Harare. He was the firstborn in a family of seven children.
Oliver Mtukudzi was raised in a musical family as both his parents were members of the church choir. He also joined the church choir and observed the Korekore people's drumming and traditional mbira thumb piano music.
When he was still a young boy, Mtukudzi’s father passed on. As the oldest child, the economic and social responsibility of taking care of the family squarely fell on him.
Oliver Mtukudzi’s music career
Oliver Mtukudzi’s net worth was mainly built from his music. He began performing in 1977 with a band called the Wagon Wheels alongside James Chimombe and Thomas Mapfumo.
The band’s single Dzandimomotera was a huge success and it went gold. Oliver Mtukudzi’s debut album followed and it was also a huge success. He released his debut album at 23 years old.
Known for his husky voice and deep and meaningful lyrics that were sung in a mixture of Shona, Ndebele and English, Oliver Mtukudzi quickly became a big name in the music industry and his music was celebrated both in Zimbabwe and throughout Africa.
Some of his greatest hits of all time include Neria and Todi, both of which carried strong messages of activism about social justice and HIV/AIDs respectively.
Throughout his music career, Oliver Mtukudzi managed to release 65 albums, perform across the world, and win multiple prestigious awards.
Oliver Mtukudzi’s advocacy works
Besides using his music to spread awareness, especially about women’s and children’s welfare, Oliver Mtukudzi was also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the Southern Africa Region.
He traveled across Southern African countries to instil self-confidence in school-going children by teaching them the importance of never giving up and the need to not copy others. civilizations
Oliver Mtukudzi’s death
Oliver Mtukudzi died on the 23rd of January 2019 at Avenues Clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe after a long battle with diabetes mellitus. At the time of his death, he was 66 years old.
He was married to Daisy Mtukudzi and was the father of five including musician Selmor Mtukudzi and had two grandchildren.
Mtukudzi was laid to rest in his rural home in Madziwa village, Mt Darwin, in Mashonaland Central province on the 27th of January 2019 with thousands of mourners attending the last rite of the musical legend.