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David Dalle
Thursday January 31st, 2019 with David Dalle
A retrospective of the other great Lion of Zimbabwe, Oliver Mtukudzi, who passed away last week, with music from 1978-2018. Music from Somalia with the Dur-Dur Band.

Another sad farewell on my show today, to the great Oliver Mtukudzi who died last Wednesday in Harare only 66 years old. In a career spanning 4 decades he, along with his older colleague Thomas Mapfumo, became the most recognizable voice from Zimbabwe. In 1977 he spent a year in the same band (the Wagon Wheels) with Mapfumo before striking out on his own in 1978 with his own band The Black Spirits and first album "Ndipeiwo Zano". He toured throughout Europe and North America many times including Ottawa and had a stellar career releasing over 60 albums. We will hear from a few of them spanning his entire recording career from his first album in 1978 to his final album from 2018. We will also hear from the recent reissue of the Dur-Dur Band from Somalia on Analog Africa. This superb band was formed in 1984 and featured four terrific lead vocalists, male and female: Sahra Dawo, Mukhtar Ramadan Idii, Shimaali Ahmed Shimaali, Abdulahi Sharif. They were led by band founder Isse Dahir Qassin who focused on mixing traditional Somali music with a wide range of Western music, particularly soul, funk, reggae, making irresistible music. Analog Africa is releasing their full albums, with Volume 1 and Volume 2 being the actual album names originally released in Somalia in 1986 and 1987. We will hear from the Volume 1 today and Volume 2 on a later show. Really, I am tempted to just pop the album in and let it play it is just so good!
Titletrack from his first album released in 1978.
Ndipeiwo Zano
Oliver Mtukudzi - Ndipeiwo Zano - Kudzanayi
From a 1985 release, with a very strong South African feel.
Oliver Mtukudzi - Mhaka - Kudzanayi
1990 release still with very strong South African influence.
Mwana Asingacheme
Oliver Mtukudzi - Shoko - Sheer Sound
This song from 1998 was one of his biggest hits, warning about the danger of HIV.
Oliver Mtukudzi - Tuku Music - Sheer Sound
From 2000.
Oliver Mtukudzi - Paivepo - Putamayo
From 2007.
Mmasimba mashoma
Oliver Mtukudzi - Tismba Itsoka - Heads Up
His 2012 release was written, recorded, and released a few short months after his son Sam Mtukudzi died in a car crash. Sam was also a very talented musician and often played with his father and was intended to take over the Pakere Paye Arts Center which Oliver Mtukudzi founded in 2003 and ran near Harare with classes, recording and performing facilities to encourage and support youth in musical activities . This heartfelt album, one of his best, helped Oliver recover from this horrible tragedy.
Oliver Mtukudzi - Sarawoga - Sheer Sound
Two cuts from his final album released in 2018.
Oliver Mtukudzi - Hany'ga - Sheer Sound
Oliver Mtukudzi - Hany'ga - Sheer Sound
Dur Dur Band - Volume 1 & 2 - Analog Africa
Dur Dur Band - Volume 1 & 2 - Analog Africa
Dur Dur Band - Volume 1 & 2 - Analog Africa
Dur Dur Band - Volume 1 & 2 - Analog Africa
Aw Baahilowlow
Dur Dur Band - Volume 1 & 2 - Analog Africa
Nin Hun Heloha Modina
Waaberi - New Dawn - Real World
Malo Law Safeetna Inta
Khojali Osman - Two Niles to sing a melody: the violins & synths of Sudan - Ostinato Records
Saikuu Dhigey
Dur Dur Band - Volume 1 & 2 - Analog Africa
Interactive CKCU
What a great musician we just lost! He had such a wonderful voice. I could listen to this nonstop forever! Thanks Dave!!

2:56 PM, January 31st, 2019
David Dalle (host)
Yes he was wonderful. He released 67 albums(!), so ofr me and I am sure many of my listeners, *most* of his music is still left to be discovered!

3:00 PM, January 31st, 2019