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This chapter describes the Blacks Unlimited at the peak of their success. Mapfumo is receiving strong international press and excellent bookings, including at the WOMAD festival in the UK and elsewhere. The band solidifies its three-mbira sound and releases one of its finest albums ever, Chamunorwa, in 1991. Riding high, Mapfumo buys a soccer franchise, parlaying his lifelong devotion to the sport, and his desire to help young men from his old neighborhood—the Mbare township of Harare. Key musicians perceive this as an overreach and resent having to perform to support the band. Chartwell Dutiro leaves the band under...

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