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Tuku: Fine to have degrees, but humility is key

01/08/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter

MUSIC superstar Oliver Mtukudzi has said that humility is paying dividends to his life.

Mtukudzi, 65, started his career in 1977.

Now an internally recognized music choreographer, Tuku, as he is affectionately known by his fans, has at least 55 albums to his credit.

He has also received numerous international, regional and local awards.

Tuku has also collaborated with international, regional and local colleagues.

The Tuku music brand owner has turned his Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton, into a training spot for local young and upcoming musicians for whom he sacrifices his time to shape their talents.

Speaking at a dinner event which was organized to honour his music achievements by Norton MP, Temba Mliswa, in Norton at the weekend, Tuku, said for one to be honourable they not need university degrees.

“It requires no educational diploma. It only requires your humble behavior and most of us get lost thinking that one becomes honourable when he acquires university education.

“Look here today I am being honoured and I do not really recall what exactly I did that deserves this great honour you are giving me,” said the musician.

“To be honourable I think and I guess is to understand common sense, which we underrate because that is what our mothers and grandmothers have in our homes,” said Mtukudzi.

Tuku said common sense is what shapes a person’s behaviour.

“We value our education and we praise educational certificates, but are we really educated to the level of our certificates? The answer in most cases is no, because we only manage to pass the exams asked on the exam day and get the certificate.

“Knowledge and wisdom is ubiquitous in our homes and what is needed is to listen to others and appreciate their contributions and only then we will become wiser,” he said.



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