CHIMURENGA music guru Thomas “Mkanya” Mapfumo, this week takes his act to Mozambique where he is billed to perform at three gigs to mark that country’s Defence and Security Forces/Revolution Day.
By Moses Mugugunyeki
Fresh from a recent successful tour of South Africa, the legendary musician will be returning to the southern Africa region for a historic tour that will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
His promoters said the invitation was an honour for the United States-based superstar.
“The tour is being facilitated by Sofala Wonders Lda, in partnership with local authorities as part of the Mozambique’s celebrations of Defence and Security Forces/Revolution Day, which is commemorated on September 25 and Mapfumo will be the main act,” said Blessing Vava, spokesperson for Chimurenga Music Company (CMC).
Mapfumo was initially scheduled to be the main act at an event to mark Mozambique’s 40 years of independence, but he could not make it due to logistical challenges.
The Nyika Yaita Mamvemve hitmaker is not a stranger to Mozambique, having participated during the liberation struggle through his music and has had compositions like Zimbabwe — Mozambique in honour of the revolutionary solidarity between the two countries.
“As CMC, we are delighted by this gesture for the recognition they have bestowed on Mapfumo to perform at these national celebrations, it is an indication that Mapfumo is a revolutionary doyen, whose music has been an inspiration across the globe,” said Vava.
“We urge all music lovers to come in their numbers as we join the people of Mozambique in celebrating their Defence and Security Forces/Revolutionary Day”.
Mapfumo, who had two well-attended shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa recently will on Thursday belt it out at Chimoio Municipal Football Stadium in Chimoio, before taking his act to Beira’s Estrela Vermelha Football Stadium on Friday. He will wrap up his Mozambican tour with a show at Municipal Pavilion in Tete.
Popular Mozambican artistes and Angolan stars Bruna Tatiana and Landrick, whose music is popular in Mozambique, will be supporting acts.