Revolutionary Afropop 

Thomas Mapfumo

Thomas Mapfumo is the biggest pop star Zimbabwe has ever produced, but his outspoken songs that praise the common folk and excoriate the powers that be made him a danger to the corrupt government. Since 2000 he has lived in exile in Oregon, but the move has only made his music more militant. His Blacks Unlimited Band blends the rhythms of the acoustic mbira (thumb piano) with electric guitars, rippling basslines, and passionate vocals that cry out for peace and justice. Tuesday, June 5 at Ashkenaz. 8:30 p.m., $15. Ashkenaz.com

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Latest in Music

Author Archives

Most Popular Stories

Special Reports

The Beer Issue 2020

The Decade in Review

The events and trends that shaped the Teens.

Best of the East Bay

2020

© 2020 Telegraph Media    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation