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Bereaved Zimbabwean Musician Oliver Mtukudzi to Fulfill Easter Tour Engagements


A spokesman for Oliver Mtukudzi said the musician's performances in South Africa and Britain will pay tribute to Sam Mtukudzi and Owen Chimhare

Zimbabwean music star Oliver Mtukudzi has decided to go ahead with an Easter tour of the United Kingdom and South Africa next week despite the death of his son Sam this week on a highway near Harare.

Black Spirits band manager and drummer Sam Mataure told VOA that Mtukudzi intends to spend time with his family before performing in South Africa near the end of this month, then continue on to Great Britain.

Samson Mtukudzi died in a car crash early Monday on the road from Harare to the family home in Norton, northwest of the capital. He was buried Wednesday by the side of Owen Chimhare, who died with him.

The state-run Herald newspaper reported that President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace donated US$5,000 to both the Chimhare and Mtukudzi families for funeral expenses. Such support in times of bereavement is traditional among Zimbabweans. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai attended the funeral.

Band manager Mataure said Mtukudzi’s performances in South Africa and Britain will pay tribute to Sam Mtukudzi and Owen Chimhare.

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