September 30, 2008

Mukanya back to Zimbabwe?

Rumours have it that Thomas Mapfumo may return to Zimbabwe. It seems unlikely that he will go back to live there, as he hasn't been on friendly terms with the president for a long while.
Mapfumo a.k.a. 'Mukanya' has been living in the States for more than a few years now. Musically this doesn't seem to have done him a lot of good, if the disappointing album production is anything to go by.

This video is from a concert in 1994 aired by ZBC.

No Jonah Sithole on this, unfortunately, but still very enjoyable.


Anonymous said...

Thomas Mapfumo has been living here in Eugene Oregon for many years, in exile from Zimbabwe. I've seen a number of concerts here and I think he's as strong as ever. He sometimes plays with local musicians such as Paul Prince.

WrldServ said...

@Anonymous: I hope you didn't comment to make us all jealous? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Listening to your gift of single Sithole tracks:

Should have written far FAR sooner, to say thanks for all of the grand sounds I have heard thanks to you - and we share more than the music: I used to occasionally work for WereldOmroep as a foreign stringer.

So how to say thanks (and thanks must be said)?

*%@+ yes! How about being able to listen in to that Mapfumo from Seattle you've been missing over here in rainy Northern Europe? Aha! A KEXP Seattle radio session same year - 2009.05.11 (Nov or May, take your pick). The link follows in my next comment, as soon as the upload is done ...

cheers, Dave Sez.

Anonymous said...

Takes its time, but gotta say thanks to worldservice for all the rare Farka, Mapfumo/Sithole and and and ..

Thomas Mapfumo - 2009.05.11 live in KEXP Seattle

Posted by Dave Sez in thanks to the original uploader, and to: wrldsrv, freedomblues, electricjive, globalgroovers - each

Sad news though, that Kante Manfila has passed away in Paris last month; a tribute post of Tradition (and, in the comments, linking to Kante Manfila - Diniya (1990) and soon (next upload) repackaging wrldsrv's posts of the first three EPs, tip o' tha hat, Sir!)

Oh, and PS: there's a free download of a Tinariwen 2011 live album here:

Cheers, Dave Sez.

Anonymous said...

PS: And whilst we're on things Zimbabwean, here's the Four Brothers live in London in 1989:

Lossless FLAC files.

Say thanks to the man!

Cheers, Dave Sez.

PS: Bhundu Boys Glastonbury 1989 FLAC is here:

WrldServ said...

@Anonymous (aka Dave Sez): Thanks for these contributions!! (and sorry for my late reaction).

Anonymous said...

No problem, wrldsrv, thanks for allowing me to post them and hope you enjoy them! Cheers, Dave Sez.

PS: Any more Zim, particularly Sithole, up your sleeve?