Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Ringo pay tribute to Oliver Mtukudzi

Celebs especially legends and friends of Oliver Mtukudzi, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Ringo pay tribute to the star following his death reports.

The 66-year-old jazz musician died on Wednesday after reportedly battling a long illness.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Ringo pays tribute to Oliver Mtukudzi

Speaking with TshisaLIVE, Yvonne Chaka Chaka said she was most saddened by the reminder that life is so unpredictable.

“It hit me really hard to remember how we – myself, Oliver, Hotstix – were together celebrating the life of a great man and a friend Bra Hugh last year. And this year, on the very same day one of us is gone again. It is sad and truly makes you appreciate life for what it is, something that is all in the hands of a higher power.”

“I feel very blessed to have been mentored and taught life and music by great people such as Hugh and Oliver. It’s such a distinct privilege.”

Yvonne remembered her last concert with Oliver.

“I remember back in October he called and said, ‘Yvonne I want you to come and perform with me here at home’. It was for the Jacaranda concert that was meant to share music and joy with the people of Zimbabwe. That is the kind of man he was, a man who always looked to share joy.”

“The one thing I will miss the most is how humble he was. Oliver never had a chip on his shoulder, even though we all knew how big a deal he was. I mean, he was a superstar but he never made anyone feel that way. He would off himself in every interaction; on stage, with young people, with peers and in music.”

Ringo was fortunate enough to spend time with the jazz star, who shared many pearls of wisdom with him.

“You said, ‘We came here on this earth to make everyone happy, so let’s do it until we are done with our calling and we can say goodbye.’ Goodbye my brother! I don’t know if I will ever speak to you again. I don’t know if heaven has a township. Rest in peace my hero!”