Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thomas Mapfumo to play Carnegie Hall in October

Carnegie Hall
in partnership with  
World Music Institute

Saturday, October 20 (10pm)

Thomas Mapfumo
Known as "The Lion of Zimbabwe," Thomas Mapfumo has popularized the music of his native country throughout the world with his revolutionary, spiritually charged chimurenga (Shona for "struggle") music. Introducing the electric guitar and bass while maintaining the core rhythms and melodies of the traditional mbira, his songs became veritable anthems for the independence movement of his country in the 1970s, and later a litany of criticism of the Mugabe government. Mapfumo, now living in exile in the US, has been hailed as a musical visionary and one of Africa's greatest bandleaders. He performs with his group, The Blacks Unlimited.
Part of Carnegie Hall's World Views series in Zankel Hall

For information and tickets, click here.

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