News:Music expert reveals how Mtukudzi was denied honourary UZ degree over "Anti-Mugabe" song

<vote /> While addressing musicians and corporate leaders on Friday at Mtukudzi’s Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton, where Oliver Mtukudzi was launching his new album, academic and music expert, Fred Zindi revealed how Tuku was denied an honorary degree by the University of Zimbabwe because his hit song Wasakara was deemed to be anti-President Robert Mugabe.

Zindi said,

Chief executive officer of Chitungwiza General Hospital, Obadiah Moyo, proposed the idea of honouring Mtukudzi with a University of Zimbabwe doctorate degree owing to his unquestionable contribution to the arts sector. By then, I was in the University of Zimbabwe Council and I presented the issue to the university council and at first the deal was promising but later questions about the meaning of the song Bvuma started to pop up and that was when the deal went wrong. The council then promised to furnish us with a reply after consulting the university chancellor and up to now they are dilly-dallying with the issue and we are waiting for a reply.

Mtukudzi, however, despite missing out on the UZ degree, would go on to be recognised by the Great Zimbabwe University which conferred him with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Ethno-Musicology and Choreography in 2014.

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