Like the great Thomas Mapfumo, Oliver Mtukdzi performs socially and morally engaged music in the chimurenga (struggle) tradition, as well as drawing from mbaqanga and rumba. Mtukdzi, who goes by the name Tuku, started out in a group called the Wagon Wheels but left them in 1978 to go solo. With his gruff yet engaging voice, Tuku has been become a commercially popular musician in Zimbabwe. Older listeners appeciate his unflinching deference to traditional and aesthetic integrity, the younger crowd love him for his dance beats, while the nation as a whole rallies behind his patriotic banner. His list of releases covers more than a dozen albums as well as many hit singles. Released (^Paivepo) on thePutumayo Artists label in June 2000 — Leon Jackson, All Music Guide

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