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I have let Zim down: Mukanya

Exiled Zimbabwean music legend Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo has admitted that he has let down the people of Zimbabwe by his continued failure to perform on home soil since his last show in 2004.


Mukanya has been domiciled in Michigan in the United States since then and has unsuccessfully tried to come back, with his closest shows to home being in neighbouring South Africa and Mozambique.


In his end-of-year message to Zimbabwe last week, Mukanya said it was saddening that he had let down the people of Zimbabwe, adding that his failure to perform in the country was due to “some technicalities beyond his control”.

“Wherever we performed this year, we drew huge crowds, a testimony that our music is the music for the people and therefore we will continue producing music for the people. It is, however, saddening that once again I have let the people of Zimbabwe down after making countless promises to perform in my country of birth,” said Mukanya.

“Our failure to perform in Zimbabwe was due to some technicalities beyond our control and we are working flat out to make the Zimbabwe welcome back shows a reality.

“We are working with some local promoters who are eager to have us perform in Zimbabwe in 2016 and we will be announcing the dates once everything has been finalised.”

He expressed gratitude to fans, the media, promoters and record companies for their support in 2015 and said Chimurenga music was a movement that sought to “unite the people of Zimbabwe and the world at large to live in peace, fighting oppression, subjugation and undemocratic practices through music”.

“We started this music during the liberation struggle as we fought white domination and oppression, and have continued over the years fighting for the people through our music,” he said.

He lamented that his 50th album Danger Zone released in February last year that articulated the struggles of the poor people, calling for unity and an end to war that was threatening to end global existence, had not given him any monetary returns as it was largely pirated.

“It is the realisation that music is a powerful tool in society and us as musicians will continue using the tools at our disposal to spread the message of love and unity in the societies we live in. The album Danger Zone was, however, hit by piracy, and as a result we did not get anything from the sales of that album. As musicians we continue bearing the burden of production costs while others are just reaping where they did not sow,” he said.

“We will continue calling on the responsible authorities to help us in the fight against piracy so that we also realise our worth. In other countries, there are stiffer laws against piracy and us as a nation, we should also embrace such to make sure that we protect our musicians to continue entertaining the nation.

“Let’s declare 2016 a war against piracy. It needs the support of government and law enforcement agents.”

He said 2015 had been busy and he had the honour of being invited to perform at various important international platforms, “an indication that Chimurenga music is not just a Zimbabwean brand, but an international brand that has been endorsed globally”.

“We are grateful to the government of Mozambique for inviting me and my group to perform at their Defence Forces Day, a befitting honour in my musical career. This also goes to the provincial government of Limpopo, South Africa for inviting us to participate at the Mapungugwe Arts Festival where I shared the stage with old friends like Hugh Masekela and other youngsters like Joe Thomas,” said Mukanya.

13 Responses to I have let Zim down: Mukanya

  1. Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) January 3, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    Mukanya made a political miscalculation when he ganged with those who were opposed to our land reform. He espoused MDC politics. He politically self exiled and thought he was going make big bucks in US as he sang “big in America“! Mukoma Tuku did better than him by not being used by Western forces for the sake of pieces of silver. Mapfumo now feels home sick after misdirecting himself, by seeking unnecessary and false political refuge status, when he is just a political non entity! He got excited when he thought MDC was having“ huchi pachirebvu“ for his biting and sinister tasting.! Naive artists can easily be misled , especially those not able to analyse Zimbabwean politics logically. Yes, Mukanya`s fans are waiting for his home coming , but with his original music tone that is anchored of patriotism , not being `big in America“ while stooge voicing !

    • bhauwa January 5, 2016 at 7:31 am #

      Tibvire kumhepo iwe, hauna nyaya! Land reform kuita sei? It is a complete failure no wonder the country is in tatters right now. Even handing over the country to the Chinese will only make things worse for for Zimbabwe so, stop blubbering you little piece of shit! Doctor Mapfumo is a true son of the soil calling a spade, a spade. The truth is he cannot be safe in Zimbabwe. zanupf is good at killing people who tell the truth.

  2. Sagitarr January 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Ivhu renyu rakupai chiiko ana purofesa mavhu. Takatarisana nenzara izvozvi muchingohukura nezvevhu. Munogarepiko?

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) January 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

      We are happy we now control our land . Subject to climatic negatives changes , we can improve on production. We dont regret our legitimate land reform . You sound ignorant on what is affecting our agric sector. Please dont view our problems with neo colonial eyes borrowed from the ghost of Ian Smith.

      • Qawe laMaqawe January 3, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

        Is it about controlling or utilising to the benefit of the citizens?

        • submission January 4, 2016 at 10:58 am #

          umboriprofessor wechiiko iwe?i bet kana kurima kwacho haukuziwe.

  3. ghetto January 3, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

    uve lost money mukanya but believe it or not we doing just fine we now even enjoying tocky et al

  4. Prosper Chinamhora January 3, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

    your question is very silly to say the least, February is coming and watch tabacco deliveries as they roll in, I said the least. the fact that u think u will fail if u try does not make everyone a failure like u. opportunities are abound my friend. Mapfumo imported those BMWs illigally into Zimbabwe on his own and foolishly sided with MDC a political suicide which he now calls technicality, it was the foolish understanding of politics in Zimbabwe.He has to comeback coz his party is now in tatters. He is not wanted by the state security like what is purported but maybe by the courts for illigal importation known as SMUGGLING only.

  5. Povho January 3, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    Zvemapato zvapinda papi apa? Imhosva here kusapota MDC kana ZANU PF? Zvine Basa rei nezvataurwa naMapfumo?M Zveminda mapato aparara zvinei nenyaya iyi?

    MaZimba dzidzai kuti kusiyana kwatakaita pameso ndokusiyana kwatakaita pane zvese asi tese inyika yedu. Research tinekodzero yekuzvisarudzira zvatinoda. VEZANU PF itai zvenyu, VEMDC italic zvenyu.

  6. Povho January 3, 2016 at 10:04 pm #

    Zvemapato zvapinda papi apa? Imhosva here kusapota MDC kana ZANU PF? Zvine Basa rei nezvataurwa naMapfumo?M Zveminda mapato aparara zvinei nenyaya iyi?

    MaZimba dzidzai kuti kusiyana kwatakaita pameso ndokusiyana kwatakaita pane zvese asi tese inyika yedu. Tese tinekodzero yekuzvisarudzira zvatinoda. VEZANU PF itai zvenyu, VEMDC italic zvenyu.

  7. ras January 4, 2016 at 5:32 am #

    Controlling our land kkkkkkkk ndazoseka. U are given land today tmoro bulldozers are at yo doorstep ana chombo achingokujutai.

  8. gutter poet January 4, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    Mapfuo is an artist not a he can do exactly as he pleases…He used to sing at Muzorewa rallies and then he did the same at Mugabe rallies..why should he be shot at for singing if he wished at Tsvangirayi rallies? I suppose what is unforgivable is pretending to be this ‘great revolutionary’ when he and everyone around hmi know him as just an artist, period.

  9. chibwido kuma 60,s January 7, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    i think akato dzoka mapfumo anoto ita MP because sure akato rwa hondo through his singing but akazo kanya wo se munhu ka aka bata bata plus idzo nyaya dze confusion mu politics. but he can be forgiven like Nyasha Chikwinya or Jonathan Moyo. mapfumo dzoka hako hapana chisinga gadzi rike. The chefs will forgive and forget. Because to be honest home is best home sweet home. apa
    Thomas achembera munzwireyiwo tsitsi regai achi dzoka kumba kuzo peta music yake mune zvaka naka as he prepares for retirement as well. iiiish anoto siri risa uyu he does miss home.

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