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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... In this chapter, the war ends, the guerrillas and their leaders return from exile in Zambia and Mozambique, and the fateful 1980 election is held, making Robert Mugabe and his ZANU party the overwhelmingly popular leaders of a new nation, Zimbabwe. In this context, Mapfumo struggles to maintain...
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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... liberated Zimbabwe, the plight of local musicians struggling to create a viable busi- ness environment. Th e Mugabe government had erected barriers to success, funding musicians only during political campaigns, meanwhile levying steep “luxury” taxes on the tools of their trade. Record company...
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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... strutting down Robert Mugabe Avenue as though they were in Bedford- Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He simply wanted them to refl ect on their cultural choices. “I think that the biggest tragedy of colonialism,” said Musa, “is to have so brainwashed genera- tion aft er generation, and to continue to lure those...
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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... degree from the University of Zimbabwe, presented by Mugabe himself. Weeks later, he releases Chimurenga Explosion (1999), with two songs that bitterly critique Mugabe’s failures and are suppressed from radio play in Zimbabwe. Even with his family in exile and his safety in doubt, Mapfumo returns for...
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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... the inherent tensions between Zimbabwe’s two major ethnic groups, the Shona and the Ndebele. It describes Mugabe’s brutal campaign against the Ndebele in the early 1980s. The author emphasizes the way this violence is kept largely out of the public eye, and how there is little effort during these...
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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-018
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
...: Blackwell, 1994. Berliner, Paul F. Th e Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona People of Zim- babwe. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978. Blair, David. Degrees in Violence: Robert Mugabe and the Struggle for Power in Zim- babwe. London: Continuum, 2002. Cary, Robert, and...
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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
.... David Blair, Degrees in Violence: Robert Mugabe and the Struggle for Power in Zim- babwe (London: Continuum, 2002), 17– 19. Most of the key facts in this short biography of Mugabe come from Blair. 20. Th e jailed singer was William Kashiri. 21. H. Ellert, Th e Rhodesian Front War: Counter...
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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-011
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... Bhundu Boys star Biggie Tembo and Mapfumo’s reaction are described. Back in Zimbabwe, Jonah Sithole, nearing his own death, rejoins the band for the third and last time. The chapter concludes with politics as Robert Mugabe’s coerced payment to the families of “war veterans” triggers over a decade of...
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-012
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... that it’s very diffi cult to break the cycle and the melody sequence. Sometimes I think this must have something to do with African history and the fate of African communities. You go round and round until you swoon. Robert [Mugabe] can’t break...
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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... side. Rhodesia’s independent neighbors were pressuring nationalist factions to work as a unifi ed force, and they chose Muzorewa in 1974 to spearhead a new Declaration of Unity. Briefl y, the bishop felt himself “the tallest man in the world Robert Mugabe had spent just over a decade in Hwa...
Published: 13 January 2012
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394815-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9481-5
... had but one chief executive: Robert Mugabe. A schoolteacher by profession, Mugabe lived for several years in early independent Ghana before returning home to Southern Rhodesia in 1960 with a determination to replicate the Ghanaian experiment. An articulator of the prevailing political line rather than...
Published: 27 April 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... instrument, the mbira, which plays an important role when it is adapted in Mapfumo’s secular music. The concert described in these pages takes place at a pivotal moment when Mapfumo is beginning to openly criticize the regime of President Robert Mugabe. As such, this account prefigures the arc of the...
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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-020
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... Mukanya, 29. See also Mapfumo, Th omas Mugabe, Robert, 2, 4, 67, 99, 117, 125, 211, Munhumumwe, John “Sekuru Jira” (uncle), 213; actions aft er prison and before 2, 6, 7, 15, 134, 150, 163, 190, 320n3; as band election, 91–92, 95, 108, 311n1, 321n15; disciplinarian, 199, 213– 14, 242; death of...
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021391-146
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2139-1
... Marley figure, began as a rock and roller. Strongman Robert Mugabe s party, zanu, used chimurenga first to rework known songs with new messages. Mapfumo s electrified mbira fusion owed to former villa gers supporting urban clubs, not unlike Muddy Waters in Chicago. And his postin de pen dence worldbeat...
Published: 10 January 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478007067-009
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0706-7
..., after decades of increasing discrimina- tion, lgbtq+ people had come to be regarded as an incarnation of all that was un- African and ungodly on the continent.1 As Zimbabwean ex- president Robert Mugabe put it in 2010, in one of his milder statements on the topic, Homosexuality . . . is contrary to...
Published: 08 February 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021285-001
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2128-5
... nationalists, including Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe, then of the National Demo cratic Party (ndp), and then rejected by them, creating two linked narratives that would last twenty years, that whites ofered too little, too late and that Africans were intransigent, rejecting all incremental improvements.8 The...
Published: 13 January 2012
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394815-019
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9481-5
.... Ascheson, Neal. The English Bourgeoisie In Games with Shadows, 31 35. London: Radius Books, 1989. Auret, Michael. From Liberator to Dictator: An Insider s Account of Robert Mugabe s Descent into Tyranny. Cape Town: David Philip, 2009. Ayala, César. Nacionalismo y populismo: Anapo y el discúso político de...
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By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... Loubiere, who then forced the family to move out of the village. Mugabe and his fi ve siblings had to walk several kilometers through the elephant grass to attend school in the village. Th e family’s remoteness led directly to the deaths of Robert’s two elder brothers from illnesses that might...
Published: 15 November 2019
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0738-8
... inequalities. With the sense that long- standing leaders like Robert Mugabe and Jacob Zuma were pillag- ing Africa s resources, they instead resorted to the promise of the law with its aspirational mantra of certainty, promises of objectivity, and predictability. One response that characterized this retreat...