Mukanya returns to share South African stage

Self-exiled Chimurenga music guru Thomas Mapfumo is set to return to South Africa to share the stage with high-flying Jah Prayzah.

Thomas Mapfumo, performing in South Africa two years ago.
Thomas Mapfumo, performing in South Africa two years ago.

Two years ago, Mapfumo left fans clamouring for more when he performed alongside stars Oliver Mtukudzi and the late Chiwoniso Maraire.

Promoter Bezel ‘Biggz Ruffkurt’’ Mbofana urged fans not to miss the Zim/SA music festival, Uhuru.

On April 25, Mapfumo and Jah Prayzah will perform in Cape Town at Chary’s Kitchen, move on to Johannesburg’s Standard Bank Arena the following day will perform at Standard Bank Arena and then end the tour in Mussina on April 27.

“This show comes because of the loud outcry from fans starved for Mukanya’s music. It’s been two years since he last performed in SA,” said Mbofana.

“We saw the need to bring him over as he is one of the freedom fighters who helped to achieve our hard-fought independence through his inspiring music. This month we will be celebrating independence so it is good timing for our son of the soil, Mukanya, to come and remind our people where we come from.”

An ecstatic Jah Prayzah promised fireworks at the show. “I am very happy to share the stage with one of the most popular artists from Zimbabwe,” said the 26-year-old musician.

Last year, Mapfumo, popularly known as Mukanya or Gandanga by his legion of fans, shared the stage with the equally talented young artist Enock ‘Nox’ Guni in the United Kingdom, where Mukanya launched the album World on Fire.

Fans will have a chance to buy Mukanya’s latest album, which he said reflects the various problems affecting many countries in the world.

The 69-year-old Corruption and Mamvemve singer is now based in Oregon in the USA. He left the country nine years ago and has not been in Zimbabwe for five years.

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