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Thomas Mapfumo, holding a copy of a July 1984 edition of a magazine featuring his cover story. After 18 years in self-imposed exile, one of Zimbabwe's most popular and outspoken musicians, has returned home. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Thomas Mapfumo, 'Lion Of Zimbabwe,' Returns From Exile With Triumphant Homecoming

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Thomas Mapfumo performs on stage during Live 8, Africa Calling, in 2005. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe's Cultural Advocate In Exile

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Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited in Studio on KEXP 5/11/09

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Two Different Musical Takes on Politics in Zimbabwe

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Thomas Mapfumo wrote one of the most famous revolutionary songs, "Hokoyo." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Musicians Who Paid The Price Before Pussy Riot

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