Thomas Mapfumo (born July 3, 1945) is a Zimbabwean musician known as "The Lion of Zimbabwe" and "Mukanya" (the praise name of his clan in the Shona language) for his immense popularity and for the political influence he wields through his music, including his sharp criticism of the government of President Robert Mugabe. He both created and made popular Chimurenga music and his slow-moving style and distinctive voice is instantly recognisable to Zimbabweans.
Mapfumo was imprisoned without charges under the white-dominated regime of Rhodesia. He now lives in exile in the United States, and although he has occasionally returned to Zimbabwe he has not returned since 2005
This is essentially a best-of, capturing select tracks from Mapfumo`s albums on Anonym over the last several years. Listening to his best work like this, it`s apparent how he`s changed his sound, making it punchier. He`s added brass here and there, bumped up the bass, and sometimes it seems as if he`s spent a lot of time lately listening to roots reggae and adapting its sound for his purposes. The mbiras remain the heartbeat of his sound, of course, more firmly in the mix than ever before. Chimurenga means struggle, and that`s something Mapfumo has never forgotten. Even in exile, he remains steadfastly political, especially about his homeland. His voice remains immediately identifiable, and though it occasionally seems as if he`s lost a step or two, he still has a remarkably hypnotic power in his singing. This is all proof that, even after all this time, Mapfumo still has the power.