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Thomas Mapfumo at Don Quixote's International Music Hall, June 4, 2007

Date:
Monday, June 04, 2007
Time:
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Event Type:
Concert/Show
Organizer/Author:
A Green
Email:
Location Details:
Don Quixote's Internalional Music Hall
6275 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
831-335-5208
http://www.donquixotesmusic.com/

Mon. June. 4 at 8pm $14 adv./$16 door DANCE - AGES 21 AND OVER

Thomas Mapfumo, born in Marondera , Zimbabwe in 1945. He is responsible for blending traditional Shona mbira music with western instruments and a political message full of innuendo and traditional proverbs. He established the musical style, chimurenga (the Shona word for struggle). In the 1970s Zimbabwe 's people fought a war of independence against their white Rhodesian rulers. Out of that grew chimurenga which is based on the Shona majority's chiming, cyclical rhythms, patterns and melodies of the mbira resulting in a hypnotric almost trance-like music. Mapfumo took that traditional music and added electric guitars, horns, and a drum kit. With his electronic interpretations of traditional mbira music he became a huge star in Zimbabwe . Being that some of his lyrics addressed the struggle for independence the white Rhodesian government felt threatened by his popularity, As a result, in 1977, Mapfumo was detained in prison for 90 days because of his song Hokoya (Watch Out). The Long Walk , on High Times Records, a re-mastered version of the classic Mapfumo LP Ndangariro, which for the first time in its 23 year existence will accrue a meaningful share of royalties to Dr. Mapfumo is coming out this spring. Thomas and his band, The Blacks Unlimited now tour widely. Don't miss them! http://africanmusic.org/artists/mapfumo.html or tunes at http://www.myspace.com/thomasmapfumoandtheblacksunlimited
Added to the calendar on Sun, May 13, 2007 8:41AM
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