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Thomas Mapfumo performs on stage during Live 8, Africa Calling, in 2005.
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May 28, 2015 Mapfumo's powerful political messages led the superstar to seek asylum in the U.S. Critic Banning Eyre has written a new biography of the singer and bandleader.
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Thomas Mapfumo wrote one of the most famous revolutionary songs, "Hokoyo."
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August 17, 2012 This isn't the first time singing anti-establishment songs has had consequences.
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July 23, 2009 These five songs will work within any summer party mix. All come from the now-vintage repertoire of Afropop legends, and all have stood the test of time and animated countless festive occasions around the world. They're presented here in sequence to match the phases of a good party, from greeting and eating to drinking and dancing.
June 9, 2009 Mapfumo is a cultural and political hero in his native Zimbabwe. He created his chimurenga music during the struggle for liberation from the white minority government in the 1970s. Exiled to Oregon in the late '90s, Mapfumo continues to make music rooted in the Shona tradition.
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July 12, 2005 African musicians Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mtukudzi have dealt with Zimbabwe's political upheaval in far different ways. They explore their differing views on two new CDs. Banning Eyre has a review of both.
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