Unite, rebuild Zim: Mapfumo

HARARE - Chimurenga music legend Thomas Mapfumo says his new album set to be launched at the Book Café this afternoon is a rallying call for Zimbabweans to come together and rebuild the country.

Mapfumo, who last released an album four years ago, believes the new offering titled Danger Zone was a timely reminder for Zimbabweans to set aside their differences forthwith in the interest of national development.

“Tiri vanhu vamwe saka ngatikanganwei zvekutukana,” he told the Daily News from his base in the United States of America.

“This album is calling on Zimbabweans to rebuild the nation.”

The veteran musician, who will not attend the launch of his album and the tribute concert to be held thereafter, however, warned that national development would only be possible if politicians ceased their pursuit of selfish interests.

“It is an album that speaks about the national question challenging politicians to stop politicking and to improve the livelihoods of Zimbabweans .It also emphasises the importance of respecting the rule of law.”

The Corruption hit-maker added that the title track was meant to encourage peaceful co-existence among nations.

“This album calls for an end to wars that have ravaged the world that are threatening to destroy mankind,” said Mapfumo.

Songs that make up the 12-track album are the title track Danger Zone, Zimbabwe, Chikwereti, Shebeen, Music, Chikonzero, Varimudande, Nhamo Hurombo, Hatidi Politics, Celebrate, Are You Ready and Pasi Idandaro.

According to the America-based singer’s publicist Blessing Vava, the new album is a typical Mapfumo production.

“Since the beginning of his epic career, Mapfumo has stood for the rights and concerns of ordinary people facing oppression and poverty. The historical context has changed, but Mapfumo’s loyalties and focus have not,” he said.

“Nhamo Hurombo offers a poignant recapitulation of his central theme on Danger Zone while Chikwereti broadens the scope with a pointed message to African nations who accept financial help from foreign countries, notably China: It’s not a gift. One way or another, you will have to pay them back.”

Vava revealed that the music legend would address the launch audience via skype.

“Yes, he will speak to the audience. Dignitaries expected to speak at the album launch include veteran educationist and music critic Fred Zindi, Metro Studios director Emion Sibindi and a representative of Mapfumo’s Chimurenga’s Music Company,” said Vava.

The Mukanya Tribute Concert that will follow the launch of Danger Zone will include performances from Jah Prayzah, Victor Kunonga, Raymond Majongwe, Chirikure Chirikure, Mawungira eNharira’s Nyamasvisva, BaShupi, Cynthia Mare, Mannex, Clare Nyakujara, David Hondoyedzomba and Rudo Chasi.

Comments (5)

Thank you mukanya. Tange tichimbotapirirwa nokunzwa KUVARIRA MUKATI,. Asizve zvinoda kushinga nokuti muZimbabwe mune mhepo, vamwe vedu havafungi!!! kuteerera Giresi!!??

herber - 17 February 2015

Mazvita Mukanya message munovapa asi havanzwi vari kuti vakaisa ivhu kuvanhu asi tiri kutenga ,zvakasiyanei ,vanhu vari kudya nhoko dzezvi ronda

richmutsena - 17 February 2015

Mazvita Mukanya message munovapa asi havanzwi vari kuti vakaisa ivhu kuvanhu asi tiri kutenga ,zvakasiyanei ,vanhu vari kudya nhoko dzezvi ronda

richmutsena - 17 February 2015

mhoroi vaMUKANYA damba refu renyu tarimiria ngariuye zvaro kun kuZIMBABWE mwana wevhu.Makatigonera apa

ROBERT MATONGO - 17 February 2015

Longlive & long reign ,nuff respect to the Lion of Zimbabwe ,Dr Thomas Mapfumo ,Mhukahuru,Murambatsvina,the Voice of the Voiceless!.I salute u Dr Mapfumo 4 declaring war on Corruption in 1988 & taking the fight to the Evil Zanu pf Cronies/Cohorts.The Zanu pf Merchants of death might have succeeded in impounding your luxury cars & hounding you out of Zim since 2004 but we salute yr bravery ,fortitude & fearlessness of taking on the Zanu pf Forces of brutality&Oppression.Tribute& nuff respect to Dr Thomas Mapfumo,the Lion of Zimbabwe&Chimurenga Music King/Guru!.

Dr Zvichaperachete - 18 February 2015

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