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Oliver Mtukudzi Has A Daughter, Selmor, Who Is Trying To Carry The Torch & Legacy For The Family.

by Anura Guruge




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I was not aware of her. I really know so little about Oliver Mtukudzi’s life other than his music. I must rectify that.

As with Sam Mtukudzi, his now departed son, and ‘Marshall Munhumumwe‘, a contemporaneous Zimbabwean musician, it is YouTube that brought her to my attention — this morning — as a suggestion. Thanks, YouTube. You sure know what will pique my interest.

She is good and some of Oliver’s band members play with her. That is all good, though she, at least from the little I have heard so far, is NO Oliver or for that matter Sam. But, she is ALIVE and that is definitely a PLUS. Smile.

I wanted to share the news with you — which I have now done. Check it out. You might like her.



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Perfect Background Music — A Bhajan At That — For Indexing A 500-Page Book.

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The YouTube video.


Click to ENLARGE. My Adobe PDF-based, unique indexing method.


When I am writing I need absolute silence. I have to focus. So, no music or other distractions, whatsoever, even in the background. Has to be quiet. Still.

Not so after I have finished writing. Often when I am completing the production of a book (and I am on my 31st, I think) I like some soothing music — to keep me going.

This is very true when I am indexing a book. I still index my books by hand. The so called automated methods are too cumbersome and unreliable. 40-years ago I, while working for IBM, I wrote an indexing program for computer program listings. If I was as good at programming as I then was, I could try and write one. But, for now I index using my own unique method.

I use the Adobe PDF search function. I already have the book as a PDF. So, there is no extra step here.

I use Adobe Search on each word I am going to index and just transcribe the page numbers kindly & conveniently provided for I by Adobe. See image above. So, per that example, I know that the word ‘Domus’ appears on page 4 of the book. Now it is just a case of banging that page number, viz., 4, into the index entry. Very mechanical, but tedious and time-consuming.

So, I like to have some soothing music to keep me going. What music I choose depends on the circumstances. Thirty years ago I have used Garth Brooks. Oliver Mtukudzi has served me well for more than one book. I have also known to rely on ‘Chant‘ music. An Indian version of ‘chant’ is ‘bhajan’ — a type of devotional music. It can be hypnotic an very relaxing. So, today I went looking in YouTube for Bhajans. Found this one, serendipitously. It is long, and it worked well.

I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy.


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If You Like ‘Oliver Mtukudzi’ (Or His Son, Sam) — Try Another Zimbabwean, ‘Marshall Munhumumwe’.

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Click to ENLARGE and scan here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Brothers_(band)




My bad. I had never heard of him or his band ‘The Four Brothers‘. My loss. And, I can’t believe this, as with Oliver & Sam Mtukudzi all these folks are dead too! Yikes. Zimbabwe!

So, all we can do is listen to them posthumously. What a shame.

As with ‘Sam’, YouTube brought ‘Marshall Munhumumwe‘ to my attention. I was listening to Sam and then I heard a new song, that I had not heard before, BUT was extremely catchy. It was Marshall Munhumumwe. Thanks YouTube.

Check out the 1st YouTube. What do you think. I will do more research in the next few days. Enjoy.


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Sam Mtukudzi, Oliver’s Son, Also Now Dead (At 21) — Was As Good As Dad, Maybe Better!

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Mtukudzi




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YouTube introduced I to Sam Mtukudzi just a couple of days ago. Since then I have been listening to him, on YouTube, whenever I get a chance. He is good. As good as his father? Maybe better.

I can’t get over that they are BOTH now dead! One at 66 (my age) and the other, even more tragically, 9-years ago, at 21. Wow. What a loss. Appears that he died under suspicious circumstances.

I kind of, vaguely, was aware that Oliver had a son. But, I had not paid any attention. Maybe now that I think about it, I might have also heard about the death but didn’t give it much heed since it was Zimbabwe! Yikes.

Sam is good. Brilliant. Has the same sound as the father.

I wanted to make sure that you got to hear him. Start at YouTube. You will thank me for this. SMILE.



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I Am Devastated That Dear Oliver Mtukudzi Is Dead; He Was My Age — I Will Miss Him.

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On my 90-minute walk this morning, dear, beloved Oliver Mtukudzi came to mind. I was going through the holiday-related events coming up over the next few weeks and remembered the ‘circus‘ I got tickets to at the Dartmouth HOP. It then came to mind that one of the last concerts we had been to at the HOP was that of Oliver Mtukudzi. And what a night that had been. I got to talk to him. I talked to him about cricket.

I also realized that I haven’t listened to Oliver in some time. These days, when I am at my PC, I mainly listen to music, which is NOT OFTEN, via YouTube. Much easier than any other option at my disposal. As I mention in one of the two posts cited above, though we have hundreds of CDs in this house, I only have 10 (one more since that post) in my office, and two of them happened to be by Oliver! That alone says something.

So, I invoked YouTube and banged in ‘oliver mtukudzi‘. The usual list came up and I, as I knew I would, started off with ‘Neria’. That was so, so GOOD. Ah, ah, ‘Neria’.


I then started looking at the YouTube list when I saw: “The best of Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi. Tribute“.


Ah? ‘Tribue’. Ah? I had a horrible feeling what that signified. And, alas, I was right. Damn. I wish I was wrong (as I am most of the time).

Diabetes. 66.

That could be I. Oh, Oliver. Why?

He was a GREAT MAN. He was GOOD MAN. He was MAN that gave so many joy.

Oliver Mtukudzi was A MAN.


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FREE Concert At The HOP In Dartmouth, August 4, 2016 — “De Temps Antan”.

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The Incomparable Bobby McFerrin At The HOP In Dartmouth, August 17, 2016.

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V. Compelling “Rhythm and Dance of India” At The HOP In Dartmouth.

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I, as a regular patron (and a huge supporter), got a very colorful postcard from the HOP about this concert last week. Today I got an e-mail about it. It looks mouthwateringly tempting. And I got a tabla set for Christmas (in 2015)! So this would be good. Yes, the kids would like it — and they love going to the HOP. The only problem is that it is a school night and we will not get home earlier than 11pm. Yes, it is still doable.

But irrespective of whether we are going I wanted to make sure that YOU knew about it. We have over the years, and I am talking 19 years at least, have enjoyed some marvelous concerts, many ethnic, at the HOP. So please do check it out. You will not regret it.

Sandeep Das as his own tabla-infused Website. It is neat. Check that out too.


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Click to access tabla-playing Website.


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