Mozambique is like home: Mapfumo

HARARE - Chimurenga music legend Thomas Mapfumo, who last visited Zimbabwe nine years ago, has described his three-day tour of Mozambique which starts today as “coming home.”

The United States of America-based music star will be the main performer during celebrations to mark that country’s Defence and Security Forces and Revolutionary Day to be held in Manica, Tete and Sofala Provinces from today to Thursday.

“Going back to Mozambique is like going back home; it is like going back to Zimbabwe.

“It feels great to be honoured by the Mozambican government. This friendship has been there for a long time since the liberation struggle. We struggled together and fought together against colonialism,” said the 70-year-old music icon.

Mapfumo, who composed a song titled Zimbabwe/Mozambique in recognition of the solidarity between the two countries, added that he first visited the former Portuguese colony before he formed his backing band, the Blacks Unlimited.

“I first went to Mozambique when it was still called Portuguese East Africa. The man who made it possible was the late Mr Murapa. He was a businessman from Mutare.

“We went there as the Springfields. I then went there for the second time and the show was produced by a Portuguese promoter by the name Carlos. He died during the liberation struggle fighting for Angola,” said the music legend.

Mapfumo will begin his tour of Mozambique today at the Chimoio Municipal Football Stadium where the celebrations will be officiated by the Manica Province governor.

Tomorrow the Mamvemve singer will be the main performer at the Defence and Security Forces and Revolutionary Day celebrations set for Beira’s Estrela Vermelha Football Stadium that will be officiated by the Sofala Provincial governor before winding up his tour of Mozambique at the Municipal Pavilion in Tete where that province’s governor is expected to officiate.

Mukanya, as the veteran musician is popularly known by his fans, is expected to be backed by a band that features Gilbert Zvamaida on lead guitar, Lancelot Mapfumo (congas) Allan Chigwedere and Sam Meki (bass), Malvern Sarutawa (drums), Innocent Mutero (keyboards) Bezil (mbira) and Phillip Svosve and Canaan Kamoyo (saxophone) as well as Eunice Kapandura and Evidence Mudzingo on backing vocalists.

Comments (18)

Murume mukuru wongodzungaira nemhaka yekumhanyisa zvausingazivi . Just come back home quietly .

Hayibo ! - 24 September 2015

A prophet is rarely honoured in his backyard. Kugarotukana, chabuda hapana.

Dziva - 24 September 2015

aha vachiriko ava vaizviti shasha aiva madziva ava mazambuko , zvakaoma uyayi mufire kumusha makanyarara ana Tuku ne vamwe vakatora chigaro.Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

chimurenga2 - 24 September 2015

Mukanya hana kubira munhu hana kuuraya kana kumbira sadza mumba memunhu.munhu ari kuzviraramira lyf yake isina humbabva mukati saka marwadziwa nei? HAMUNYARE!!!,godo, sveeeee!!.Mweya wezanu,kuuraya nekuponda vanhu vasina mhosva.

mukoms nhongo - 25 September 2015

@Hayibo inga uri kungodzungaira urimo muZimbabwe wani.Wati wadii zvako uchadyiwa magaro nembwa washaya chekupfeka urimo .

chimuti - 25 September 2015

Dr T Mapfumo l honour y and your music. muri kumberi mdhra kunga tomorrow.keep on spreading the message of freedom thru yo music. Zimbabwe loves you. Zvaitwa mukanya tazviona

Mukanya Fan - 25 September 2015

Moi mapfumo ari kudzungaira ,imi murikurariswa murima wani?Saka akokwa nehurumende yeMoz oramba here handiti imari yetotsvaga tose,muchapfidza nekutengesa madomasi

wellers - 25 September 2015

mdhara tobatana patete,endererai mberi nebasa.tanzwa nanatsviriyo tsviriyo,tirimurwendo timbonzwavo music

simba jawi - 25 September 2015

Siyanai namudhara wangu. Tose tirikutsvaka kurarama. he does what he does with the best interests of his family at heart. Pamberi nechimurenga. This man has opened the hearts of many kuti ukatya kutaura unofira mukati

Takaz - 25 September 2015

Zviri nane kudzungaira uchiita mari iri nane pane kutengesa madomasi

dembo - 25 September 2015

let the DOCTOR COME HOME

james masiyakurima - 25 September 2015

Mapfumo is a legend who helped the liberation struggle through his music. He is still fighting for freedom in Zimbabwe which we desperately need. Zimbabwe needs to be free from ZANUPF and the corruption that is rampant in Zimbabwe. Mapfumo we are proud of you.

the legend - 25 September 2015

Prophetic , the greatest of all time. Maiti Kurime Inyore, muchiti gejo munaro. look now. Yandigarisa munyika dzevamwe, look now. Corruption in the society , look now. Mukanya for President.

newnation - 26 September 2015

Kunonzi kudzungaira uno kuziva here? Pfungwa dzako Haibo 1 ndidzo ndidzo dzaka dzungaira. Siya dhara redu riite zvarino gona

Sekuru Chakuchichi Botaremhunga - 28 September 2015

please haters leave the legendary singer alone,siyanai negamba remandorokwati,Mapfumo idharab redu

Tanaka Masuka - 28 September 2015

Mukanya and Fela Kuti are in a class of their own. They don't just entertain but are military generals on their own. Mtukudzi is just an entertainer you can't compare him to Hurricane Hugo. Dr. T. Mapfumo

Sabhuku - 6 October 2015

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