Oliver Mtukudzi, Legendary Zimbabwean Musician, Dead At 66 — Quartz Africa

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Oliver Mtukudzi, Legendary Zimbabwean Musician, Dead At 66 — Quartz Africa

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Mtukudzi died Wednesday (Jan. 23) at Avenues Clinic in Harare. An international star with a fan base across the continent, Mtukudzi is mourned at home in Zimbabwe and around the region. After a career that spanned - https://mostlymusic.com/collections/female-vocalists/female-vocalists?pa... four decades and yielded hits like Todii, the guitarist and singer was Zimbabwe’s most successful musical export. Despite global fame and the trouble in his country of birth, Mtukudzi remained in Zimbabwe. He avoided discussing politics, ignoring critics who urged him to speak up. Instead, he saw his role as an artist to give hope and comfort to his people. He did, however, focus on issues like HIV/Aids and domestic violence, earning him the role of Unicef Goodwill Ambassador. "I’m very optimistic that Zimbabweans are hopeful things will get right," he said last year during a radio interview and in the wake of the end of the Mugabe-era.<br>
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Mtukudzi’s death comes exactly a year after South African music legend Hugh Masekela died. They’d first played together in 1983 when Masekela jumped on stage with Mtukudzi’s band in Harare, and continued to play festivals together. When Masekela fell ill in 2017, Mtukudzi stepped in at a planned festival and headlined a tribute concert last year. Like Masekela, Mtukudzi regularly collaborated with young Zimbabwean musicians. Last year, he released Ndizarurire with afropop singer Gary Tight. He also established the Pakare Paye Arts Centre in 2003 in Norton outside of Harare to nurture Zimbabwe’s next generation of musicians. He remained a a regular at festivals while living with diabetes, Just a few weeks ago, Mtukudzi performed at the Nubian Festival in South Africa.<br>
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And before that in October, he performed at the Kigali Jazz Junction. Last year, he re-released one of his greatest hits Neria, with a collaboration with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. He was also planning to release his 67th studio album this year. "My 67th album is meant to share a message of introspecting and I’m hoping people learn a thing or two from it," Mtukudzi told South African media in December. Tributes are pouring in for the musician known for taking his fans to lunch. "This is sad news, personally I am at a loss for words," said musician Aleck Macheso. "Rest in Peace Oliver. If anyone ever made me so proud to be Zimbabwean it was you," said politician David Coltart.<br>
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Dancehall artiste Stonebwoy has played down criticisms that the Ghanaian music industry is currently being run by three artistes. According to him, every season in the music industry has its own celebrated artistes. Speaking to KMJ on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, Tuesday, Stonebwoy said listeners get attached to the music of up-and-coming artistes who turn to rule the music scene till the songs of others take over. ], Tinny and some other artiste were ruling the music scene. They were hotter when some of us were not," he added. Stonebwoy was responding to Tic’s comments on the Ghana music industry ruled by three artistes.<br>
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The hiplife artiste accused industry players and show organisers for booking three artistes for almost every show during the 2018 Christmas season. According to Tic, the monopoly some of these artistes are enjoying have caused other singers to be sidelined. This, he says, does not help other artistes grow. He explained that the music industry has a pool of musicians with different styles and vibes that need to be shown to the people. "Once you create the environment where everybody has a gig then we’ll have a variety of acts at the shows," he said. However, Stonebwoy said a number of artistes being celebrated at a particular time have been the culture of the industry for a long time.<br>
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"Once upon a time people got used to the style of the "Ss" Sonni Balli, Samini and Sarkodie, but now the "Ks" Kuami Eugene, King Promise and company are doing so well," he added. The dancehall artiste noted that, beyond the complaining or talking about the problem, solutions should be looked into to help solve the problem. "Maybe ten years from now, other artistes will be hotter than some of us," he stated. Stonebwoy stated the problem makes old artistes who have passed their prime less expensive. "I think if you want to book Celine Dion now the price will be something else. It is like wine, the older is it the more expensive it should be but sadly the system here is different," he added.<br>
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Police in Tokyo have arrested Japanese actor and musician Masanori Taki, 51, better known by his stage name Pierre Taki, on suspicion of using cocaine. Officers of the narcotics control division searched Taki's home in Setagaya Ward and his car at around 6 p.m. Tuesday, following a tip-off, Fuji TV reported. Police said Taki voluntarily submitted to a urine test, which indicated cocaine in his system. Police said Taki was arrested at 11 p.m. On Wednesday, police said they had seized Taki's cell phone and were questioning him about how he obtained the cocaine. They also said they had first been tipped off about Taki's drug use last year.<br>
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A local musician is in search of a new pair of lungs. Opy Schwefel was on Local 5 Live this morning performing with one of his bands, Turtlehead, prior to a six-band tribute concert in his honor. Schwefel was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis as a child but says that the disease has worsened over the past year and a half. His condition has declined so much, Schwefel says he has not been able to work for the past five years and has been awaiting a lung transplant since last June. After two false alarms, that saw Schwefel make it to the operating table before doctors determined the new lungs in question would not be suitable, he is hoping the third time is the charm. But the new lungs will mean a long recovery process for Schwefel and his family. Even though Schwefel can no longer sing, the local music community is stepping up to help him out. The tribute concert will feature six bands that Opy has been a part of in the past. The event will take place Saturday at the Spectrum Roller Rink in Fond du Lac from 5:15 p.m.<br>
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Among this year’s leading Oscar contenders for Best Actor is Emmy winner Rami Malek ("Mr. Freddie Mercury, the legendary lead vocalist of the rock band Queen, in "Bohemian Rhapsody." Should Malek reap an Oscar bid, he will mark the 12th leading man to date recognized for his portrayal of a real-life musician. First to achieve this feat was James Cagney, nominated for his lively depiction of Broadway composer and performer George M - https://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/best-male-vocalist/BestOf?oid=4880375 . Cohan in "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942). On Oscar night, Cagney was triumphant, scoring the lone Oscar of his storied career. In 1984, director Milos Forman‘s "Amadeus" dominated the Oscars, claiming 8 prizes from 11 nominations. Among the picture’s nominees were F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce, recognized for their portrayals of composers Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, respectively. Abraham was victorious on the big night. The 1990s found two actors up in Best Actor for turns as real-life musicians. Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own Oscar predictions.<br>
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Ghanaian musician eShun blasts some Ghanaian churches, stating that some do not create the right atmosphere for secular artists to attend. She goes on to say that many of them are deemed sinners and judged harshly, suggesting that many artistes are turned away as soon as they enter the church doors. "Let’s even say the artistes perform songs that have what we call, "bad lyrics", is this not the chance for the church to draw closer and correct him or her? But that is the time that when you get to the church gate, one brother or sister will look at you like you just descended from hell, like oh look, here comes the sinner.<br>
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You won’t want to go there again", the Someone Loves Me hitmaker narrated. Shun did clarify that she had not experienced such encounters with her church, Light of the World Chapel, but has with other churches. Many of her colleagues in the music industry have also experienced this less than welcoming atmosphere from some churches. Shun stated, "The church is built on love, yes? Is this love only for a set group of people, or is it that people just don’t know what love is? This hot topic was discussed on the mid-morning drive show with Sokoo Hemaa on Rainbow Radio when eShun was asked whether artists were treated the same as everybody else in the church. The songstress has just released the video for her new song, "Clap for Yourself". You can check it out here.<br>
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The death was announced by his official Facebook page, which did not say where or how he died. On television, he performed as the self-described "dummy" of the group, drawing on a persona he developed while working as a folk musician in Greenwich Village, where he flashed a confused smile whenever his stage banter fell flat. [Hey hey, it’s the . . . Created by producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, "The Monkees" was designed to replicate the success of "A Hard Day’s Night" and "Help! " director Richard Lester’s musical comedies about the Beatles. The band featured Mr. Tork alongside Michael Nesmith, a singer-songwriter who played guitar, and former child actors Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones, who played the drums and sang lead, respectively. Like their British counterparts, the group had a fondness for mischief, resulting in high jinks involving a magical necklace, a monkey’s paw, high-seas pirates and Texas outlaws.<br>
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"The Monkees" ran for only two seasons but won an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy and spawned a frenzy of merchandising, record sales and world tours that became known as Monkeemania. Almost all of their early material was penned by a stable of vaunted songwriters that included Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, David Gates, Neil Sedaka, Jeff Barry, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. But while the band scored a total of six Top 10 songs and five Top 10 albums, they engendered as much critical scorn as commercial success. Detractors pointed to the fact that the band, at least initially, existed only in name.<br>
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While the Monkees appeared on the cover of their debut album and were shown performing on TV, their instruments were actually unplugged. The songs were mostly done by session musicians — much to the shock of Mr. Tork, who recalled walking into the recording studio in 1966 to help with the group’s self-titled debut. He was "mortified," he later told CBS News, to find that music producer Don Kirshner, dubbed "the man with the golden ear," didn’t want him around. "They were doing ‘Clarksville,’ and I wrote a counterpoint. I had studied music," Mr. Tork said. "And I brought it to them, and they said: ‘No, no, Peter, you don’t understand. This is the record. They also started touring, playing to sold-out stadium crowds and backed by opening acts that briefly included guitarist Jimi Hendrix.<br>
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But as Mr. Tork’s musical ambitions grew, leading him to envision the Monkees as a genuinely great group of rockers, he began to clash with bandmates who saw the Monkees as more of a novelty act. He left the group soon after the release of "Head" (1968), a satirical, nearly plot-free film - https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/oboyssmithstribute... flop that featured a screenplay co-written by actor Jack Nicholson. For much of the 1970s, Mr. Tork struggled to find his own way. 3 worth of hashish in my pocket," and worked as a high school teacher and "singing waiter" as his Monkees wealth dried up. "This is not a band. It’s an north west entertainment agency - https://www.shoutpromotions.co.uk/ operation - http://www.jazzinternet.com/vocalists.htm whose function is Monkee music," he told Britain’s Telegraph newspaper during a Monkees tour in 2016. "It took me a while to get to grips with that but what great music it turned out to be!<br>
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And what a wild and wonderful trip it has taken us on! His parents collected folk records and bought him a guitar and banjo when he was a boy. Peter went on to take piano lessons and studied French horn at Carleton College - https://Www.Downtownspringfield.org/tag/tom-petty-tribute-band/ in Northfield, Minn., where he reportedly flunked out twice before settling in New York. At coffee shops and makeshift folk music venues, he performed with the shortened last name Tork, which had been emblazoned on one of his father’s hand-me-down sweatshirts, according to the Los Angeles - https://Www.facebook.com/TSEEntertainment/posts/tse-is-now-booking-more-... Times. When Stills didn’t get the part — purportedly on account of his bad teeth — he suggested that Mr. Tork audition.<br>

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