SELMOR : THANK YOU, EVERYONE


There are not enough words to fully express our heartfelt thanks for the sympathy, love and support Zimbabwe and the world extended to our family during the time of loss of our father Dr Oliver Mtukudzi who passed away on the 23rd of January 2019.

Seeing people from all walks of life coming to mourn our father, proved that our father was indeed a people's person. For the rest of our lives, we will never forget the love and support our family witnessed during the dark hour we lost our father.

From the very bottom of our hearts, we would like to send out our heartfelt Thank You to:

The Honorable President Emmerson Mnangagwa

The Government of Zimbabwe

The Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation

The President of the MDC party: Nelson Chamisa

Hon Themba Mliswa

The leaders of all political parties in Zimbabwe

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe

Methodist Church In Zimbabwe - Norton Circuit - Knowe Society

All Churches in Zimbabwe who prayed for Dr Mtukudzi during his days of illness

All the people who prayed for Dr Mtukudzi throughout his days of illness

Mtukudzi Family

Mashonga Family

Manatsa Family

Ndoro Family

Nyamutumbu Family

Murape Family

Gasho Family

Nengomasha Family

Nyachowe Family
Rukainga Family

Nyamhunga Family

Mukandi Family
Mashonganyika Family

Bvunzawabaya Family

Matsika Family

Manyame Family

Mamvura Family

Thembani Mubochwa

Tuku Music Family

Dr Thomas Mapfumo

The late Hugh Masekela

Joseph Shabalala (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)

Chinhoyi High School year '95

Pakare Paye Arts Centre Staff

Village Lodge staff (Pakare Paye)

The staff that worked (and still works) at home in Knowe, Norton

The Norton Community

The Mayor of Harare - His Worship Councillor Herbert Gomba

Harare City Council

Great Zimbabwe University (Professor Zvobgo)

The late Robson Ndlovu

The late (Dr Sadza) Douglas Chakaipa

All the members of The Black Spirits (former and present)

All the members of The Black Spirits who passed away

All the Managers who worked with Dr Oliver Mtukudzi (RIP Jack Sadza)

All the Media Houses in Zimbabwe and all over the world

All the Radio Stations in Zimbabwe and all over the world

The entertainment journalists in Zimbabwe and the world over

Sheer Sound Record Company (SA)

Gramma Records (Zimbabwe)

Gallo Records (SA)

Ikwezi Studio (Steve Dyer)

Making Music (South Africa)

T-Musicman (South Africa)

Nisa Online (South Africa)

Zimbabwe Musicians Union

ZIMURA

All the friends our father had (God bless you all)

The Highfields Community (Harare)

The people of Madziwa

Nyaradzo Funeral Services

Doves Funeral Services

All the music venues in Zimbabwe where Dr Mtukudzi performed

All the music venues throughout the world where Dr Mtukudzi performed

All festivals who booked Dr Mtukudzi

The Doctors and Staff who attended to our father throughout his illness

The DJ's who played his music

The awards he was awarded during his career

UNICEF (Zimbabwe)

All Embassies in Zimbabwe who assisted with visas to Dr Mtukudzi and the band

All booking agencies who booked Dr Mtukudzi

All the Lawyers who worked with Dr Mtukudzi

Premier Auto Zimbabwe

The Music Promoters in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean Promoters based all over the world

Thank you to Bonnie Raitt: Your re-make of Oliver Mtukudzi's What's going on to 'One belief away' was incredible. You went on to do another version of Oliver Mtukudzi's song, Hear me Lord! Thank you for believing in his music.

To Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton: May you continue to support the young artists and keep Dr Mtukudzi's dreams alive. Thank you for the good work over the years.

To mum Daisy Mtukudzi: We thank you so much for taking care of our father. May you stay strong during this period we are all grieving.

To our mother, Melody Murape: Thank you for bringing us into this world. No amount of words can express how grateful we are to have you as our mother. May God continue to keep you in His grace.

To all our father's children and grandchildren, may we keep our relationship and love for each other as strong as ever. We love you lots!

Very special Thank you to All the fans in Zimbabwe and the world over who supported Dr Mtukudzi throughout his career. Without your support, non of the music would have made sense. May you continue to enjoy the beautiful music he has left us and may it bring happiness in all our lives.

Another very special Thank you to ALL the Zimbabwean musicians who performed/shared the stage/collaborated and interacted with Dr Mtukudzi. You meant the world to him.

Thank you to ALL the foreign artists who performed/shared the stage/collaborated and interacted with Dr Mtukudzi.

Having Dr Mtukudzi declared a National Hero was a great honour. We would like to acknowledge that it took everyone's contribution to build his career (in one way or another) He did not wake up and become the great musician he had become. It took years of hard work by him but surrounded by incredible support and love of the community he grew up, his parents, sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles, his teachers, the band members, recording companies, music journalists, music promoters, sound engineers, music producers, music venues, music stores, music booking agencies, radio stations, TV stations, radio DJ's, his managers, personal security, lawyers, schools, universities, arts centers, advertising agencies, newspapers, the combi's who would be blaring his music, magazines, Churches, musicians unions, friends and finally his huge base of loyal fans. We Thank you.

A big thank you to all those whose names or organizations we have missed out! You are greatly appreciated.

Once again, Thank you so so much to everyone.

We are looking forward to working with everyone as we carry on from where our father left off. We can never fit into his shoes but we will do our very best to keep his legacy alive with the support of everyone around us.

To our father Dr Oliver Mtukudzi - Thank you so much dad for the beautiful music and the beautiful memories. RIP - Nzou Samanyanga. You left us songs like: Rufu ndima dzongonyedze, Mabasa, Neria, Akoromoka, Baba ne mwana (your collaboration with our late brother Sam Mtukudzi) Now it's our turn to be comforted by the very same songs as we mourn your passing. Your funeral proved to the world that you really and truly were a people's person (munhu wevanhu) We truly shared you with the world. As you always said 'God does not duplicate talent' Well, there shall never be another Oliver Mtukudzi. Fambai zvakanaka Baba. We will miss you and our love for you will never die.

As we continue to mourn the passing of our father, more sad news reached us with the passing of yet another great author, one of Africa's literary gurus Charles Mungoshi. We take this opportunity to extend our condolences to the Mungoshi Family. To Aunty Jessie Mungoshi, the movie Neria is now playing in real time.. May the song Neria comfort you as it does in the movie. RIP Baba Charles Mungoshi.

We have just lost yet another great musician, Aunty Dorothy Masuka. We are completely out of words at the rate we have lost our beloved ones. As female artists, we were so inspired and influenced by Aunty Dot. To the Masuka Family, we offer our deepest condolences.

To Aunty Dot: You gave us some of the greatest township jazz songs that we have all danced to. RIP Aunty Dot.

In the meantime, we shall be hosting a number of shows in Zimbabwe, SA and the UK as we embark on The Selmor Mtukudzi And Friends Concerts 2019. These concerts will feature both local and foreign artists. The first of the shows will be held in Harare on the 29th of March 2019. This 2019, we dedicate every performance and every show we do, to our father, Dr Oliver Mtukudzi. May we keep his performing spirit alive.

With sincere thanks

Sandra and Selmor Mtukudzi

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