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  • blog February 12, 2013

    Mapfumo 2: Mugabe Years–Producer’s notes

    Over the past few months, I’ve been puling together a Hip Deep program on music and politics in Zimbabwe. Specifically, this is the second installment in Afropop’s telling of the Thomas Mapfumo story. Our 2007 program, “Thomas Mapfumo: The War … Read more »

  • hip-deep February 7, 2013

    Thomas Mapfumo 2: The Mugabe Years

    Part 2 of the story of Zimbabwe’s most consequential singer and bandleader picks up at the dawn of the country’s independence in 1980. The program focuses on key songs from Thomas Mapfumo’s vast post-independence catalogue, beginning with his celebration of … Read more »

  • interview February 7, 2013

    Mhoze Chikowero: A Historian’s Take on Thomas Mapfumo and Robert Mugabe

    Mhoze Chikowero is a Professor of African History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has recently completed the first of two books based on his PhD research on Zimbabwean colonial and post-colonial history. That book, “African Music, Power … Read more »

  • interview January 24, 2013

    Thomas Turino

    Thomas Turino is a professor of musicology and anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After conducting extensive field work in Zimbabwe during the 1990s, he published Nationalists, Cosmopolitans, and Popular Music in Zimbabwe (University of Chicago Press, 2000). … Read more »

  • blog January 24, 2013

    Discography: Thomas Mapfumo: The War Years

    Thomas Mapfumo: The War Years Much of the music in this program comes either from Zimbabwe’s National Archives, by way of Thomas Turino’s personal archive, or else from private collections of no-longer-available singles from the 1970s in Zimbabwe. There are … Read more »

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