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Thomas Mapfumo at IU:

Zimbabwe's Greatest Living Musical Legends

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6:30pm

Showalter Arts Plaza

Live performance at the Showalter Arts Plaza
Thursday, April 6th at 6:30 p.m.

Thomas Mapfumo is Zimbabwe’s and one of Africa’s greatest living musical legends. He rose to prominence as a guerrilla artist during the height of Southern Africa’s liberation struggles against British settler colonialism in the early 1970s. Composing militant songs that utilized as their musical foundation the mbira sound demonized by Christian missionaries and proscribed by the settler state, Mapfumo helped found a musical style called Chimurenga, that attacked the colonial system and mobilized for the popular armed struggle that birthed Zimbabwe in 1980. His crusade against injustice saw him not only harassed and jailed by the colonial regime, but he has also been persecuted by the post-colonial state that inherited some of the same modes of governance from its colonial predecessor. Mapfumo’s music, videos and fuller biography can be accessed here: www.Thomas-Mapfumo.com