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Thomas "Mukanya" Mapfumo is one of Africa's most significant living musicians. He has been a voice of liberation for decades―first banned by the colonial authorities in the 1970s, then propelled into exile by the Mugabe regime after independence for speaking out against corruption and authoritarian rule. As the leading proponent of Chimurenga (liberation war) music he has inspired generations of freedom fighters across the African continent and beyond. His work uniquely blends Zimbabwean traditional instruments like the mbira and hosho with contemporary technology. You can read more about this legendary figure at http://www.thomas-mapfumo.com and sample his music at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iym9WUKkSI .
Mhoze Chikowero is a professor of history at UC Santa Barbara and author of the acclaimed book, African Music, Power and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe (http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=807750).