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Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited “Exile”

Thomas Mapfumo - ExileThomas Mapfumo, or “The Lion of Zimbabwe” is an African pop legend, and has always been a powerful lyricist and purveyor of messages, particularly in wartime during Zimbabwe’s 1970′s independence struggle.

His style, Chimurenga Music (“music of struggle”), first became popular during this pre-liberation period in Zimbabwe (then known as Rhodesia). The sacred Mbira music (traditional thumb piano) of the Shona religion remains the spiritual centre of Chimurenga Music, but elements of Jit (a popular Zimbabwean music style), African jazz, swing, soul and rumba continue to come through.

Exile‘ due out 25 February 2011 is his first new studio recording since 2005’s ‘Rise Up‘.