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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... Acid Band Jonah Sithole chimurenga music Blacks Unlimited political music ...
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... and a rare popular artist brave enough to engage the combative politics of this era. In “Pamuromo Chete (It’s Mere Talk),” Mapfumo offers a defiant response to the confident proclamations of President Ian Smith. The chapter ends with the 1978 establishment of the Blacks Unlimited, with legendary guitarist...
Book Chapter

By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... response to the confident proclamations of President Ian Smith. The chapter ends with the 1978 establishment of the Blacks Unlimited, with legendary guitarist Jonah Sithole at Mapfumo’s side. Acid Band Jonah Sithole chimurenga music Blacks Unlimited political music This chapter documents...
Book Chapter

By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... involved in the management of band affairs. Musicians come and go, often in disputes over payment. Mbira player Chartwell Dutiro joins the band, shepherding mbiras into the Blacks Unlimited stage lineup in a lasting way. The era produces ground-breaking new music, notably Mapfumo’s tribute to Zimbabwe’s...
Published: 27 April 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... Writing in the first person, the author describes a night at a Thomas Mapfumo show in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1997. The account introduces key members of Mapfumo’s band, the Blacks Unlimited, and presents the broad outlines of Mapfumo’s story. The author describes the sacred Shona musical...
Book Chapter

By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... to force their way in and are rebuffed with clouds of tear gas that drive Marley and his band from the stage. ZANU officials continually delay the performance by Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited. Embittered but proud, the band finally plays for a smattering of guerrilla fighters and supporters...
Book Chapter

By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-011
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... A series of untimely deaths shake Zimbabwe’s music community, and the Blacks Unlimited. Particularly difficult for Mapfumo is the loss of his bass player and close friend Charles Makokowa. The chapter details a somewhat improvised 1995 U.S. tour, in which Mapfumo performs without guitars...
Book Chapter

By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... affairs. Musicians come and go, often in disputes over payment. Mbira player Chartwell Dutiro joins the band, shepherding mbiras into the Blacks Unlimited stage lineup in a lasting way. The era produces ground-breaking new music, notably Mapfumo’s tribute to Zimbabwe’s war-torn neighbor Mozambique...
Book Chapter

By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... 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...
Series: e-Duke books scholarly collection.
Published: 01 January 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822388647-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8864-7
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