Oliver Mtukudzi: Living Tuku Music in Zimbabwe

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Indiana University Press, Oct 31, 2016 - Music - 295 pages
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Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi, a Zimbabwean guitarist, vocalist, and composer, has performed worldwide and released some 50 albums. One of a handful of artists to have a beat named after him, Mtukudzi blends Zimbabwean traditional sounds with South African township music and American gospel and soul, to compose what is known as Tuku Music. In this biography, Jennifer W. Kyker looks at Mtukudzi's life and art, from his encounters with Rhodesian soldiers during the Zimbabwe war of liberation to his friendship with American blues artist Bonnie Raitt. With unprecedented access to Mtukudzi, Kyker breaks down his distinctive performance style using the Shona concept of "hunhu," or human identity through moral relationships, as a framework. By reading Mtukudzi's life in connection with his lyrics and the social milieu in which they were created, Kyker offers an engaging portrait of one of African music's most recognized performers. Interviews with family, friends, and band members make this a penetrating, sensitive, and uplifting biography of one of the world's most popular musicians.

 

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Contents

The Art of Determination
3
1 HwaroFoundations
31
2 Performing the Nations History
59
3 Singing Hunhu after Independence
85
Singing the Politics of Inheritance
109
5 Return to Dande
127
6 Listening as Politics
147
Music Dialogue and HIVAIDS
169
8 Listening in the Wilderness
203
I Have Finished My Portion of the Field
219
Notes
227
Bibliography
257
Index
275
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Jennifer W. Kyker holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Eastman School of Music and the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester.

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