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Exiled music legend Thomas Mapfumo now prepared to do shows in #Zimbabwe

By Lance Guma

Exiled Chimurenga music legend Thomas Mapfumo is prepared to do shows in Zimbabwe as early as December this year if a suitable promoter can put together an acceptable offer.

Chimurenga music legend Thomas Mapfumo
Chimurenga music legend Thomas Mapfumo

Speaking exclusively on Lance Guma LIVE, Mapfumo who has been living in the United States for over 13 years said certain conditions for the show would have to be met including guarantees for his safety, acceptable accommodation facilities and an international standard PA system.

The outspoken musician relocated to the United States in 2004 alleging intimidation and persecution by the Mugabe regime. Last week Mapfumo told Nehanda Radio “Like everyone else, I am still assessing the situation and have not made a decision on going back home.”

Commenting on the military coup that removed President Robert Mugabe and saw his replacement with Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mapfumo said the new president needed to show he had repented from the past misdeeds that saw him implicated in the Gukurahundi Massacres in the eighties.

“This is the same old train we were riding on. He (Mnangagwa) needs to tell us if he is now clean since he was the second in command of the man who was committing all these bad things. They were together, now he says he is the new leader. He must tell people if he has repented.”

Mapfumo expressed disappointment that Mnangagwa had not included an apology in his inaugural speech. He also urged the new president to drop inflammatory slogans like “pasi ne mhandu” and others saying he was president of the whole country and not just president of Zanu PF supporters.

Mapfumo vowed he would never do shows to prop up individual politicians or political parties and said he would always remain on the side of the poor people in the country. He said if he had followed the lead of other singers who sang for Mugabe’s regime he could have been a millionaire by now.

  • Ha la la la

  • NGAAGAREKO ANOTIPA MACONDITIONS NDIANI ISU TAKABVISIRWA MASANCTIONS

    • Pari kurehwa maconditions avanoda kukupai here or ake aakatarisana nawo maererano nezvaakatiza? Chirungu chinondinetsa hangu, ndibatsirei ndinzwisisewo ndisati ndajoina battalion revanotuka

    • Tiri kutaura ePA system ngauye nezvakanaka muno tatove nerimwe Gandanga remhondoro

    • Tiri kutaura ePA system ngauye nezvakanaka muno tatove nerimwe Gandanga remhondoro

    • Masanction akabviswa Rini?

  • How on earth does anybody get away with saying such rubbish.

  • Mapfumo

  • Murume uyo hatitodi nekumiona kuno even his dead body ngafushirwe ikoko tina Tuku he’s enough

  • i guess he will find fans waiting. But me n my family wouldn’t attend the show.

  • Mukanya ndizvo

  • Ndezvako izvo Mapfumo ,Tsek

  • Mambokadzi Perfect Pat

    Chimbomirai kudzokera kumba mukanya CHIKWAMBO chichiri mumusha .Munosvetwa ropa lol

  • Hatimude kuno , anehunhu hwakaipa anotipa macondition kuti anogona here , vana tuku ma super stars vakambotidero here

  • Mapfumo ibenzi

    • Sure

    • mapenzi ndimi makasara muchitambura nenhamo musatitukire mkanya wedu ndiye mprofita akagona kuwona akangwara

    • Ma feelings ndeeyi mainini go to see a doctor immediately

  • Mapfumo igandanga ngaauuye nemufaro

  • Asi haasisina imba kana hama muno,otoda accomodation

  • Mapfumo you are outdated we don’t need you. These guys can sing with you not you sing with them. Stay there and avoid disappointment and arrest.

  • Hambolala!

  • Fate lier

  • This one talks too much. He is one hell of a coward. Now he wants to use his fading fame to earn some money. Zimbabwe don’t need such unbalanced people like him

  • Viva vakuru Mkanya Mkanya pinda panyanga

  • like dis guy my hero

  • Dzokai baba kuzim

  • Asichii

    wakapisa musha here ??what is acceptable accommodation??Go n build Zim not give conditions to who ???Its your country if its a mess now is the time to get the PA systems n help poor folks .

  • Dzokaudhara unovengrwa chok2adi

  • Pathetic Thomas Mapfumo..what acceptable offer for home coming shows? He should stay away then..!

  • Kkkkkkkkk imi vanhu nezvekuimba chaiko makutoita kunge politicx? amanaka musadaro tikati gare gare muchaon umwe anoda kuita president motanga kushora ngatiitei zvakanaka

  • I would encourage him to stay put in America.

  • Tobhdhra advance tickets mhani

  • Guys ma facebook debates aya..some are fake..some from pple with diffrnt agenta..Do you think Mkanya is so heartless…infact anogona kuridza free but..pane some expenses..insurance..travell etc..wages..hobho..but we just sat tsek

  • Mukanya tinovada, ndo umwe wevanhu vakatanga kuona kuti nyika yakange yotanga kuita mamvemve

  • kusamuda kwenyu hazvirevi kuti tese hatimude

  • Chimurenga Gandanga Gurus,takusuwai Yahweeeeeeeeee

  • Umm guys, nhamo ne politics ne kudziidza too much zvakatiuraya musoro. Mukanya is no longer based here, therefore he has his own terms and conditions, i don’t see anything fishy.

    • Taura hako Kevin vamwe vanoita kunge vanogara vakakiiwa ne kazed

    • No, besides all he should be motivated with his band in their own capacity first to come back home, he can not use people to pay for his ticket home, otherwise. …….

    • No, besides all he should be motivated with his band in their own capacity first to come back home, he can not use people to pay for his ticket home, otherwise. …….

    • Question is is he just coming to do a show or he’s coming home for good

  • thanks my friend

  • chunga

    Ngaagare ikoko! We have Tuku, Macheso, Jah Prayza, Ana Mr Putiti, Killer T, SoukJsh Love even Skimbo . The list is endless ende these artists HAVE NEW MUSIC. Nothing special about Mapfumo

  • Aaaaa conditions yei

  • Mr Mapfumo, stay in the states. Music yenyu is now old fashioned in the new Zim. We already have a great musician JP !

  • We are tired of his fake promises,we are no longer interested in his shows

  • Chidyai mari dzenyu

  • Mkanya ..anamkanya zvadiiko asekuru..dai makangodzikama sana Tuku makaita mari dzenyu muripo paZim.
    Hino mapera muto moda kutaurisa..no promoter wants to risk on you baba cz you wil flop and he will cry his loss
    Just continue those workshops ku USA ikoko muchipiwa tuma $100 allowances motengawo chicken nevazukuru.
    Chisiyaiwo zvakaita umwe wenyu mugabe.

    • 100pc correct he is now asking for handouts with all due respect very few people are listening to his tunes we got our new young artists who are jamming

  • Last i heard there was some criminal case involving cars….or was that just trumped up charges by the Mugabe Regime,of which Most of them ARE still there!!!!

  • Kwaaaana jah prayzer kuno mapfumo ngavaridzire varungu ikoko

  • Wapfanha wari kuwukura pano zvipfanha zve Zim dancehall hazvizivi music … Mapfumo is an all time legend his music still stand but not comparable ne zvipfamha zvinoimba zvichinongedzera vanhu vakuru izvi ….

  • Mapfumo anopenga harisi gandanga. Ndi vendor

  • Someone without a father can never have a feel of being home #bvandiripo

  • Nyika yamaichemera dzokai mudharaaaaa

  • Huya mapfumo uone kuti hakuzare.takatomirira manonoka.gandanga ndizvo yahwee ndakuonaaa.siyana nevapfana ava.vana vembwa hasvinure zuva rimwe

  • Achatoita $1 for 2 kupinda mushow yake coz apera uyo

  • Thomas apa you are out growing your shoe size now Zimbabwe is your home if you are the Thomas we know come back home you will see promoters by your door knocking
    Mugabe is gone

  • Kana mapfumo akaridza muzim anofa ne cash

  • Mis you gandanga mukanya gwindingwi rineshumba inoruma

  • mukanya apa makukanya manje, we have been without u all these years and we have managed. makayenda tichiri vadiki tichi yimba ana “mamvemve”, nw takura and vana vedu vakuziva ana “kutonga kwaro”

  • I will be there when it happens welcome TM kyaant forget Club Hideout99 Yahweeeee ndakuooooona rumbling over heavy authentic Mbira and Congas kwakunoyedza wow GandangaWikid Jah know

  • Mumanzi wake kana usingakufadze unotaura zvakawanda INI ndinomuda mukanya

  • sarah Mahoka

    Mapfumo is desperate to come back. Thats why fighting Jah prayzah popularity. Kutsvagawo publicity and airplay. Jah prayzah is the new sheriff baba. you trying to mock him will not do it. after all you do not speak to the young music goers. your fans are mostly old.Old people do not attend shows in zimbabwe

  • Sir Wicknell

    chimbomirai kudzoka mdhara, ana ngwena mazizi apinda mudanga rehuku aya………!!! safety first mkanya

    • James Dada

      Hamusati mavharirwa here Sir Wicknell nemhosva dzenyu dzehuori??

  • Freedom of speech is most bhoo in free zimbabwe but I don’t think TM would have made it smoothly thus far if he had stayed put in Graceland especially with his lyrics ummmmm”Mamvemve,Asingade anengeasingadeee ummmmm corruption inadeSocieeety,ummmmm kwariramukatiiiiii,ummmmmmm guy was gonna be abducted Dzamara style even his musical instruments burnt Solomon mujuru style or extinguisher Susan Tsvangirai style given POWA,JonsoMoyo,chipanga,Chipangano,green bombers,Zrp,ummmmmmmmmm Mwari anobatsira anozvibatsirawo Bigup you nu self Sekuru Oliver Tuku One love aluta continua change is what we need and real change not just something like change Jahknow Kkkkkkkkkkk#ZIMBABweWeRise selah

  • Freedom of speech is most bhoo in free zimbabwe but I don’t think TM would have made it smoothly thus far if he had stayed put in Graceland especially with his lyrics ummmmm”Mamvemve,Asingade anengeasingadeee ummmmm corruption inadeSocieeety,ummmmm kwariramukatiiiiii,ummmmmmm guy was gonna be abducted Dzamara style even his musical instruments burnt Solomon mujuru style or extinguisher Susan Tsvangirai style given POWA,JonsoMoyo,chipanga,Chipangano,green bombers,Zrp,ummmmmmmmmm Mwari anobatsira anozvibatsirawo Bigup you nu self Sekuru Oliver Tuku One love aluta continua change is what we need and real change not just something like change Jahknow Kkkkkkkkkkk#ZIMBABweWeRise selah

  • what!

  • Anakirwa NEAmerica ,ngaaimbe ikoko isu tonzwa zvirikuno zvinoenderana nenhamo yedu

  • Haana dhiri uyo

  • VaMukanya hwiramiti maita sei ko handi kugara musango hakusi kuti munotya badza asi yaiva nyaya yemutana uyu watakazo kudubura? Zimbabwe inyika yenyu conditions abva papi

  • Stewart Bobo

    Whoever is going to bring Mukanya for a show in Zimbabwe is going to make a tonne of cash if the show is properly organised and marketed. Potential venue would be the National Sports Stadium.

  • Wow the lost but found son of Dziwalasekwa come home we dying to see you sing for us chimurenga music

  • Zimbabweans have not eloped anyway but stood strong in their country.mukanya ran and now he talks crap and expect us ti swallow his cowdung.if you dont love Zimbabwe stay in America.Wadeedzwa nani kuno akukumbira kuti uuuye.nxaaaaaaa

  • TAKAMUMIRIRA KUZVOMUTAMBORA KUAIRPORT

  • He said he was running away from Mugabe regime. The regime is still around minus Mugabe so why coming back now? Mukanya did not run away from Mugabe. How can a person run away from one person when you ddnt commit any crime? He should come out clean on why he ran away. He has some skeletons in his cupboard that are not political thats why he is scared

  • mukanya is right. he has to be concerned about a lot of things first before taking the risk of doing shows in Zimbabwe. his biggest concern was not Mugabe alone, but the system that he built and whether it has resigned with him.

    the fact that he is still involved in the country’s affairs do mean that he appreciates the quality of being son of the soil, and feels cannot in any way run away from the blood and spiritual link he has with the motherland.

    if you don’t take care for yourself, only a few will or even none. Dzamara did his best for each one of us, only to cease to be seen in a country were circa 14.5m people have shut him outside, celebrated a new dawn that he once wished for and never question if the new authorities will look into his matter in addition to reviving the economy.

    now we accuse our fellow exiled brother of being too cynical. let him be, because this generation is fast to forget, celebrate and throw away everything. hupenyu hautengwi, mhuri yako ndiyo inopinda busy.

  • Siyai mkanya auye akadzingwa na Bob we grew up listening to his music only to here that he is banned the following day this shows kusununguka se chizvarwa chemu Zimbabwe lets not bring up a conflict my beloved we are still healing….

  • Kkkkkkkkkk kklkkkkkkkk uVusa hayi a ekhaya kkkkkkkkk

  • He is one useless good for nothing way past his sell by date.

  • Why doesn’t organise it himself? Ndozvandisingadi izvozvo!

  • So sad now things have changed Jah prayzah vakutonga all the best vamukanya

  • Huya uridze chimurenga music