Oliver Mtukudzi, Living Tuku Music in Zimbabwe (Indiana University Press, 2016), a 304-page book by Jennifer W. Kyker, provides fascinating details about one of Zimbabwe’s most influential musicians.
Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi is an acclaimed Zimbabwean guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter who has become well known in the world music circuit, performing throughout the globe. On Living Tuku Music, the author focuses on several essential elements connected to Oliver Mtukudzi and his songs.
The first part of the book concentrates on Mtukudzi’s beginnings and musical development. Mtukudzi is known for his combination of Zimbabwean traditional sounds with South African township music and African American gospel and soul. Many of his fans know this sound as a new genre called Tuku Music. Oliver Mtukudzi has released over 50 albums, including various international releases on different record labels.
Even though Oliver Mtukudzi has tried to stay away from direct political activism, he has promoted tolerance and has been a strong advocate for public health campaigns. The book dedicates a considerable section to the AIDs epidemic in Zimbabwe and how Mtukudzi wrote songs and toured promoting public health.
Living Tuku Music in Zimbabwe includes substantial interviews with family, friends, and members of Oliver Mtukudzi’s band.
Oliver Mtukudzi is still an essential figure in Zimbabwean music and Living Tuku Music in Zimbabwe describes the excited reactions of audiences outside Zimbabwe that include members of the Zimbabwean diaspora.
The author of the book is Jennifer W. Kyker, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Eastman School of Music and the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester, New York.
Oliver Mtukudzi, Living Tuku Music in Zimbabwe
Author: Jennifer W. Kyker
Series: African Expressive Cultures
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.