Malawi musicians mourn music icon Oliver Mtukudzi: Joseph Tembo releases tribute song

The death of Zimbabwean music icon Oliver Mtukudzi has sent shock waves even to Malawians artists who have paid tributes to the the King of ‘Tuku Music’ who has died at the age of 66.

Oliver Mtukudzi’s death on Wednesday sent shockwaves  and drew emotional tributes

Malawian musicians have since joined Zimbabweans and the rest of Africa in mourning Mtukudzi who died on Wednesday at Harare’s Avenues Clinic.

Zimbabwe’s state daily The Herald said the renowned musician succumbed to a long battle with diabetes.

According to sources, Mtukudzi has been in and out of hospital since December.

Joseph Tembo is one of the most talented young guitar wizards on the local scene who once shared the stage with the departed ‘Tuku’.

Apart from Mtukudzi himself, Tembo throughout his career he has collaborated with several artist and has also promoted and produced music for several great musicians.

Tembo’s style of music that resembles Zimbabwean Mbira music as he is a Sena, a southern Malawian tribe that has a common ancestry said: “He [Mtukudzi] was my mentor! He created his own “Tuku Music” that will live forever with us as a lot of young musicians in Zimbabwe and even me are singing. He had a good long career with so many albums released. He was humble”.

“I remember to have shared same stage with him twice when he toured Malawi in 2004 and 2005. We did three shows together and that was one of the great moments in my life” Tembo told Nyasa Times.

In appreciation and respect to Mtukudzi’s glittering music career and contributions, Tembo spent an overnight producing a tribute song for the fallen hero after his demise.

In the song, Tembo describes Mtukuzi as a father, teacher and pillar of music.

Tidzaimba ndi ndani Vuma, Vuma iwe! Tidzaimba ndi yani Mtserendende, mtserendende iwe! Tidzaimba ndi ndani waitama basi..waitama basi, Mzimu wanu uwuse mu mtendere Oliver Mtukudzi, Mugone bwino mfumu ya a Tuku music , Tukudzi mugone bwino mupume bwino mfumu ya Tuku Tidzonananso. [Who will we sing with Vuma, who will we sing with Mutselendende, who will we sing with Waitama Basi, May your soul rest in peace Oliver Mtukudzi, Sleep well King of Tuku music, Mtukudzi rest well King of Tuku Music]” sings Tembo in one of the lines.

On his part, Malawi legend Lucius Banda described Mtukudzi as Africa’s music custodian.

“African music, especially within sadc is in danger…The custodian has slept,
I cry for the big brother…Rest in peace Oliver” said Banda.

Emma Masauko who was once a dancer in Banda’s Zembani Band before she started singing hailed Lucius Banda for his collaborated efforts that helped Masauko and the rest of Zembani Band members share stage and perform with Mtukudzi when he visited Malawi.

“I am so grateful that you made it possible for us (Zembani Band) share the stage and perform with the legendary Oliver “king of Tuku” music, more than once here in Malawi! We live to honour and cherish those priceless moments! I celebrate his life tonight knowing his soul will continue making music, as we live in body and soul.” said Masauko the night Tuku died.

He is survived by his wife Daisy and children.

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Falison chibwana
Falison chibwana
1 year ago

Where can I get that music, tembo?

Achewa
1 year ago

@ Mchancha zikomo kwambiri takumvetsetsani , A Malawi ndife anthu okondana. no problem , anthu amalira mosiyana. mupange search killer t nayeso walemba nyimbo within a night. Mitima yawo inasweka. khalidwe lake la Oliver Mtukudzi Kuti pakakhala ma issues we to into music, happiness, or sadness. Happy New Year dear . Stay blessed.

MCHACHA
MCHACHA
1 year ago

PEPANI MAKOSANA MUNDIKHULULUKIRE. SINDIKUTANTHAUZA KUTI WALAKWITSA KUIMBA NYIMBOYO AYI KOMA NTHAWI YOMWE WALEMBERA NKUPANGA RECORD NYIMBO NDI NTHAWI YOMWE MUNTHUYO WAMWALIRA SIZINASIYANE KWAMBIRI AYI. NDINKANI NDIMATI MWINA NYIMBOYI IDALIPO KALE? NDIKHULULUKIRENI NDITHU

Whatnext
1 year ago

Joseph Tembo, please make this sing freely available. I listened to it on Times radio this eveing. I fell in love with it right away.

Achewa
1 year ago

@ Mchancha not good to say Kuti anachalilira. l would say that Respect his way of Mourning the fallen Mtukudzi. When Princess Diana died Sir Elton John wrote a song candle in the wind. l honestly don’t see any problem for him writing a song. Please a Malawi can we stop being judgemental all the times.
MHSRIP

Abiti
1 year ago

Fly high Oliver. You will be dearly missed. Condolences to Zimbabweans . MHSRIP

Isobel Mitton
Isobel Mitton
1 year ago
Reply to  Abiti

Thank you! We are mourning and celebrating him all over the world as Zimbabweans. And we’re so honored that our brothers and sisters in Africa are with us. It is the greatest honor when one of your own is hailed by all children of the soil. We shall miss him.

MCHACHA
MCHACHA
1 year ago

Munthu wamwalira dzulo. In less than 24hrs wina watulutsa kale nyimbo ya tribute? Koma ndiye munamuchailiratu

Joseph Temboh
Joseph Temboh
1 year ago
Reply to  MCHACHA

Maliro sitichalira abro. It’s unfortunate that u chose to put it that way. I dedicated my night to honour the fallen legend.

Chimwemwe Masina
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph Temboh

Some people always want something negative out of every situation. They are not feeling what you are feeling Mr Tembo. They have never been with Oliver and interacted with him at personal level. It’s sad. Anyway, common sense is not common.

Binga
Binga
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph Temboh

Share the link of that hits brother.

Whatnext
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph Temboh

Joseph Tembo, where can i get the song?

Isobel Mitton
Isobel Mitton
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph Temboh

As a Zimbabwean, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please let us know where we can get a copy of your song. Thank you!

Laurent Phiri
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph Temboh

Mr Tembo anthu ena anangobadwa like animal asiyeni, ngati zamunyasa iye wapangapo chani paimfa ya mtukuzi, anthu ena kaya kumakhala kufuna kuntchuka komano nkhani yontchukira simakhala ngati iyi. Palibe chomwe chalakwika pa nyimboo yanu

RAS MATAKO
RAS MATAKO
1 year ago
Reply to  MCHACHA

Mbuzi ya munthu iwe the name fits u

MCHACHA
MCHACHA
1 year ago
Reply to  RAS MATAKO

EEEEE man musanditukwane ayi. Inunso tayambani mwaona dzina lanuro.

Bhaji
1 year ago

we are only but strangers /foreigners and sourjouners on this planet —-do you believe ??

namatetule
1 year ago
Reply to  Bhaji

-Kodi bwana Chilima sapita ku burial. Pali campaign yamphamvu apa, President woyenda m’maliro

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