Oliver Mutukudzi’s song Todii

Oliver Mutukudzi’s song Todii is one of the saddest but most beautiful songs to emerge out of the Southern African music scene.   Worth a listen; here he is at Tiny Desk concert at NPR performing a quiet acoustic version.

When I was looking up the lyrics and a little bit of analysis I came across this very nice paper by Jennifer Kyker in an edited volume The Culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and Healing Through Music and the Artst.  An excerpt:


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Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.
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1 Response to Oliver Mutukudzi’s song Todii

  1. Lee says:

    This is great!

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