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Live Musical Performance and Book Talk with Thomas Mapfumo, The Blacks Unlimited, and Mhoze Chikowero

Event Type
Performance
Sponsor
Center for African Studies and others to be announced
Location
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Date
Apr 12, 2017  
Cost
Free and open to the public.
Contact
Terri Gitler
E-Mail
tgitler@illinois.edu
Phone
217-265-5016
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Originating Calendar
International Week

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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).

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