Oliver Mtukutzi (Zimbabwe):
Oliver Mtukutzi, aka Tuku, is the most popular singer and musician in Zimbabwe, well known in Africa and worldwide for his husky voice and powerful stage presence. He received the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA), the highest in Zimbabwe, seven times. He is also a Goodwill Ambassador.
Throughout his career, Oliver Mtukudzi has written and performed some of the most heart-rending songs that speak against hatred and violence. He has composed music appealing for restraint, for tolerance and peace between the people of the world. His musical career started at the age of 23 with the 1975 release of his debut single, and has now released over 60 albums. With his distinctive husky voice, he has become the most recognized voice to emerge from Zimbabwe and onto the international scene and has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond. He has been on several tours in the UK, US and Canada to perform for large audiences. He received the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA), the highest in Zimbabwe, seven times. He is also a Goodwill Ambassador.