Monday, March 15, 2010

Sam Mutukudzi Dies.

Harare, March 15, 2010 - Sam Mtukudzi, one of Zimbabwe's most promising young musicians, died in a car crash near his Norton home in the early hours of Monday.

He was the son of one of Africa's most legendary music stars, Oliver Mtukudzi.

His sound engineer Owen Chimhare also died on the spot when their car veered off the road along Bulawayo Road, in the Kuwadzana Extension area.

Sam Mtukudzi is a young Zimbabwean male artist born 1st April 1988.

According to his official website, Sam had shown the world the vast talents he had to offer in the music discipline.

His music had earned the hearts of many. Sam had started singing at 4 years, playing his father's guitar. At 10 his father, after seeing him perform at an annual school concert for the first time, acquired him his first guitar.

He was enrolled into Prince Edward High school 3 years later were he began to develop himself in various musical directions .His theory was widened as he also learnt several other instruments namely marimba, mbira, drums, saxophone, bass guitar, electric (lead) guitar etc. This is where the decision to make music his career came after realizing that music was not only his love or hobby but also a passion that he wished to develop.         

Sam had knowledge on playing the following instruments professionally in order of appearance - acoustic guitar, alto saxophone, marimba, bass guitar, electric guitar, percussion congas, hosho, drums, nyunga nyunga mbira among others.


Details continue to unfold of the accident that killed Sam Mtukudzi and his sound engineer, Owen Chimhare. We are told that there was no other vehicle involved. Sam’s car veered off the road into the bridge just before the Kuwadzana extension turn off on the Bulawayo highway.

Both of them died on the spot. According to the Tuku Music public relations department, burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

Sam and his father had just embarked upon a series of concerts themed Perekedza Mwana, which means “accompany the child.”

Ironically, the last post on his Facebook page, was a question from the Truth Game, posted by one of his friends on Friday: “Would you cry if Sam died.”

I think the answer to that is obvious. Zimbabwe is crying.

Sam Mtukudzi's body is brought to a funeral Parlour in Harare this morning, 15th March 2010.

Sam Mataure, Oliver Mtukudzi's manager, (back to camera) briefs family members at the funeral parlour. In the picture are Zexie Manatsa (in striped golf shirt), Tendai Manatsa (with dreadlocks) and Selmor Mtukudzi (with dreadlocks), Sam's sister.

 A passer by examines the spot where Sam's pickup truck smashed through the railings, just outside Kuwadzana extension.



Gosh that is so sad. What a loss of a talented young man!

u did this bona hope you wiill enjoy your married with you husband the pilot



kutungamida pwere dzisina njere varume tinokanganisa ########
sam told us.............sad we lost a star.

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