Oooo, check out this man with his stripped-down band.
This documentary, released in 1990, explores the traditions of mbira, its connection to the revolutionary struggle of the Second Chimurenga and transition to independence. With extensive footage from the era, the film features interviews and live performances by Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mtukudzi.
The Lion of Zimbabwe plays the Ashkenaz in Berkeley, California on June 15. Did I mention him on My To Hear Live List? Yes. Yes, I did.
Come see this living legend as he tours the U.S. and Canada this spring: California, Ohio, New York, Illinois, and more locations. Continue reading
What exactly makes “Tapera,” off Oliver Mtukudzi’s album Vhunze Moto, so soulful? Continue reading