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Logistical challenges delay Thomas Mapfumo’s new album release

Chimurenga music maestro Thomas Mapfumo has said his album which was due to be released on the 20th of January has been delayed by some logistical challenges.

The US based Zimbabwean artist said the delay is meant to allow the compilation to undergo meticulous mixing and other technical specifications.

Mapfumo, affectionately known as Mukanya, said the album was recorded in South Africa last year and the initial release date of the album was January 20, 2023.

Giving updates about the album on Twitter, Mapfumo said the songs were being attended to, to make sure that they are released soon.

He, however, did not mention the exact day for the release of the new album.

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“We were supposed to release a new album on 20 January, but due to some logistical challenges we were unable,” he said.

According to Mapfumo, the songs were recorded in South Africa and still need mixing “so that we produce quality music.”

“Chimurenga music is here to stay as it promotes and protects Zimbabwe’s rich cultural and traditional heritage, ” he added.

“Once the affected songs have been attended to, we will release the album. We do not want our fans to hear substandard music. We want them to listen to our true and original Chimurenga music which is anchored on our culture and Ubuntu. The album is coming. We want you to enjoy it,” he said.

Mapfumo who is exiled in the US due to his strong position against the Zanu-PF regime, is also nicknamed ‘The Lion of Zimbabwe’ for his immense popularity and political influence he wields through his music.

Prominent author and Professor of World Politics at SOAS, University of London, Stephen Chan said he was waiting for the lyrics of the songs.

“I first heard Mapfumo in Lusaka in 1981, playing at the old Ridgeway Hotel. For him, Chimurenga Music is about freedom. He may not see complete freedom in Zimbabwe today. It will be interesting to hear the lyrics on this long-awaited album,” he said.