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    AUDIO: Remembering Oliver Mtukudzi, The Musician From Zimbabwe Who Sang Todii & Neria. He Had Over 200 songs & 67 Albums Before His Death At 66.

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    It’s now exactly two years apart from Oliver Mtukudzi’s death. The legendary music maestro, also simply known as Tuku remarkably dominated the Zimbabwean Arts charts for over 4 Decades.

    Before his death on the 23rd of January in 2019, Tuku at 66 had 67 albums to his name. Perhaps one for each year he lived, and an extra one for the next year he seemingly knew he wouldn’t be around.

    He always introduced himself as “a Musician from Zimbabwe”. “My name is Oliver Dairai Mtukudzi, or simply call me Tuku. And Dairai means believe” Tuku used to repeatedly say.

    Tuku, the brain behind famous songs Todii and Neria presented an everlasting art in his timeless efforts. His intention to leave a notable mark on the global music industry has been successful.

    “The purpose of a song is to give life, and hope to the people. To heal broken hearts. If you educate, inform and sensitize or heal a broken heart, you’re giving life. And that’s how I want me and my music to be remembered,” Tuku said.

    The legendary musician made so many notable songs, but his major hit ‘Todii’ is by far his best of all. Todii is considerably Tuku’s masterpiece.

    Driven by the irony that the same special woman or man of your dreams could actually be your own dream killer, Tuku had with him a very heavy burden of story worthy to be told. In his trademark sound and soothing voice, Tuku mastered Todii, his most famous song about the HIV/AIDs epidemic in Africa.

    The song intro in Tuku’s native language that goes, “Hooo todiii (S’enzeni?) What shall we do? (Tingadii) S’enzenjani?(What shall we do?)” expressed in a very calm deep voice and smooth vocal impression, with the well stringed and yet sad guitar notes already suggests that it’s perhaps a very sad song.

    And you clearly don’t even have to understand Tuku’s spoken language but can emotionally well feel what he’s trying to say when he sings.

    Chronologically narrating in his introductory verse in Todii, Tuku wonders how painful it is to look after someone you know is going to die since they have AIDS.

    He further goes on to ask how heartless and meditates how painful it is for someone you live with to literally murder you yet they even paid your bride price in the name of love.

    Todii Review Audio;

     

    Besides Todii, Neria is another of those life changing hits from the legendary Tuku. Neria was the official sound track of the 1983 movie which went by the same title “Neria”. Neria was a female character in the movie that depicted the typical average life of a widow in an African setting.

    The song composed by “Jethro”, Neria’s brother seeks to console and comfort his widowed and troubled sister who is facing a very challenging moment after the tragic death of her loving husband at a very disastrous, trying time.

    The single off the album of the same name (Neria) became and still is so synonymous with the challenges Zimbabwean and African widows face at large; such as social ostracism and inheritance disputes.

    Neria Review Audio;

     

    The other songs that defined Tuku’s legendary musical journey that spanned over a period of four decades;

    Mtukudzi released over 60 albums, each one proving better than the one that preceded it. His genre of Afro-jazz, with the characteristic of a teacher told numerous stories and valuable lessons through the richly metaphorical Shona language.

    There is at least a Tuku song for every stage in one’s life and for every grievous and joyous moment.

    Mtukudzi worked with numerous other musical giants including his dear friend High Masekela, Ringo Madlingozi, The Black Spirits, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Joss Stone.

    The world mourns the passing of a true music connoisseur and creator, but there’s alot to celebrate. His legacy.

    Here are among others some of Tuku’s life changing songs;

    Mutserendende, Hasaati Aziva, Ndagarwa Nhaka, Kunze Kwadoka, Wasakara, Ndakuvara, Raki Pindurai Mambo, Ndima Ndapedza, Tozeza Baba, Tsika Dzedu.

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    How Many Of You Throwing Tantrums And Jealousy Came To Visit Me When I Was Down? – Chameleone Blasts Haters Attacking Him For Receiving Car From M7’s Brother…

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    Musician Joseph Mayanja alias Chameleone

    Musician Joseph Mayanja alias Chameleone has blasted people castigating him for receiving a car gift from President Museveni’s brother Nuwagira Michael alias Toyota.

    Before receiving the car, Chameleon having declared that he is a true member of the NRM and has never belonged to any other party.

    Since the viral video of the musician receiving the car, many Ugandans took to social media to rebuke Chameleone.

    However, in a post today evening on his Facebook page, Chameleone has warned that he will not be intimidated.

    “I was born free like any of us, I see many building and customizing others by their expectations. That’s not a free way to live together in harmony. God manifests himself in people today. The devil too!!

    We can’t all live in your opinion, that is a prison,” he said.

    “How many of you throwing tantrums and jealousy came to visit me when I was down? Waste your data on relevancy. This is just a car. What if a plane?” he asked.

    “Mbu this, That – Don’t force or intimidate anyone. Just be the example of the freedom and free society promised for us one day,” he said.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Chameleon Will Be Judged By His Own Actions – Bobi Wine…

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    NUP party boss Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (L) and Joseph Mayanja (R) alias Bobi Wine

    National Unity Platform (NUP) party boss Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has cautioned fellow artiste Joseph Maayanja alias Chameleone on leaving the cause for the oppressed.

    “Mr. Chameleon’s decision to abandon the oppressed and joined a dictator was his own and I cannot stop him,” Kyagulanyi said in a televised interview on Tuesday.

    “Chameleon like other oppression figures, will be judged by his own actions,” Kyagulanyi added.

    Chameleon having declared over the weekend that he is a true member of the NRM, also revealed that he has never belonged to Kyagulanyi’s NUP.

    After distancing himself from NUP party, Chameleon received a brand new Range Rover from President Museveni’s young brother Nuwagira Michael alias Toyota.

    “My friend Toyota, I am still your family. I have never left NRM, if you doubt that put up your cameras and record me,” Chameleon said.

    During 2021 election campaigns, Chameleon worked closely with NUP having hopes of receiving the party card for the position of Kampala Lord Mayor which he was later denied.

    “Chameleon’s jumping ship not only placed him in bad light as a person who loves riches but also spoke volumes about his self-worth,” Kyagulanyi said.

    “My brother Chameleon should know that when I talked to him and we introduced our beliefs to the people, we said these were not beliefs of Kyagulanyi but Ugandans,” he added.

    Kyagulanyi confirmed that Chameleon came out like others and professed that he was abandoning a dictator and joining the oppressed.

    “So if he wakes up one morning and decides to abandon the oppressed to re-join the dictator to get some money or a car, for me as a person I can’t decide for him, but we will be judged by our actions.”

    Kyagulanyi cautioned that he is not only looking at a person who is hungry for riches but also a person whose sense of self-worth and self dignity is questionable.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    A CHAMELONE INDEED: I’ve Never Left NRM – Chameleon Tell M7’s Brother…

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    Jose Chameleone with NUP principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu

    Democratic party mobilizer, singer and once a member of the National Unity Platform Joseph Mayanja alias Chameleon has denied ever leaving NRM.

    While at an event organised by President Museveni’s brother Nuwagira Michael alias Toyota, Chameleon said he has never left the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

    “My greatest witness can be Mr.Toyota, my friend, I am still your family. I have never left NRM. If you doubt that, put up your cameras and record me. I am still NRM,” Chameleon said.

    Chameleon added that he had his issues that made him ponder leaving, but he is now a prodigal son.

    Chameleon’s speech got Toyota emotional and decided to get him off stage, held his hand led him to where his car, a Range Rover 2021 model was parked.

    Reaching his vehicle, Toyota handed over his keys to Chameleon and gifted him the car.

    Singer Chameleon overwhelmingly got to his knees and was kneeling infront of Toyota as a way of appreciation.

    Toyota and his people held him and got him up having not found it necessary for him to kneel down.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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