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WHO IS ZIM’S GREATEST, TUKU OR MKANYA?

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It’s so amazing how Zimbabwe has had a lot of amazing Musicians over the years, the like of Simon Chopper Chimbetu, James Chimombe, Leonard Dembo, Chiwoneso Maraire, Andy Brown, Lovemore Majaivana, Tongai Moyo, Alick Macheso just to mention a few.

Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mapfumo
Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mapfumo

In a pool of outstanding musicians in the country there are two that have really been viewed as iconic as far as the music industry is concerned in Zimbabwe, and it’s Oliver ‘TUKU’ Mtukudzi and Thomas ‘MKANYA’ Mapfumo.

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Lets take 2 quick facts about these two icons and you decided who is the GREATEST of all time!

NUMBER OF ALBUMS:

TUKU – 61

MKANYA – 39

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NUMBER OF AWARDS WON:

TUKU – 24

MKANYA – 3

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Mtukudzi began performing in 1977 when he joined the Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo. Their single Dzandimomotera went gold and Tuku’s first album followed, which was also a major success.

Mapfumo began performing at the age of 16 From then he was always in one band or another, sometimes doing odd jobs on the side as well, including chicken farming. Hence the name of his 1972 band, the Hallelujah Chicken Run Band.

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Kudakwashe Chikwanda aka TheFivestarGeneral is the Founder of RokCity Records a registered label in Zimbabwe and Botswana. A musician and music promoter, has worked with a number of established artist from Southern Africa including Martin PK (RSA); Matthews Matsetse (BW); Tebbie aka The Gospel Queen (BW); Dr Tawanda (ZW) among others. His label has worked closely with PK Records (RSA), FreeNation Inc. (Nigeria), Roc Lefatshe (BW). He also studied Music at The Academy of Music in Bulawayo. A staunch supporter of FC Barcelona and Dynamos FC. A devoted Christian, member of Christ Embassy and also a writer at UrbanCulxure Magazine. Follow me on Twitter: @fivestarphd, Instagram: @fivestarphd & Facebook: facebook.com/fivestarphd or Kudakwashe Chikwanda