Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe
Banning Eyre is a freelance writer and guitarist and the senior editor and producer of the public radio program
Dancing with Devils
This chapter describes the paradoxical struggles of Mapfumo’s band and family during the early years of exile. The University of Ohio honors him as an “icon for liberty and justice,” even as band members opt to return home, dissatisfied with a meager life in America. Al Green proves a tough player, keen to see that Mapfumo’s many past arrangements with record companies and distributors are being respected. Green’s generosity helps Mapfumo’s family to establish themselves in Eugene and allows Mapfumo to replace key band members with new musicians from Zimbabwe. But Green’s animosity toward what he perceives as a world...