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Zimbabwean Legend Thomas Mapfumo Plays Stuart’s Opera House

-Sep 9, 2015

Thomas Mapfumo, called ‘The Lion of Zimbabwe’ and his band The Blacks Unlimited play the ‘Chimurenga’ music of struggle and resistance for which he is famous world-wide at a late-evening concert co-produced by Carnegie Hall and World Music Institute at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, New York, October 20, 2012. (Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images)

NELSONVILLE, Ohio- On Wednesday, September 9th at 7:00pm, Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio hosts legendary Zimbabwean musician Thomas Mapfumo for an evening of music. Mapfumo is known for his mbira infused music that echoes the struggles of the people of Zimbabwe. He has performed his own Chimurengamusic around the world since the 1970’s, forming his group Blacks Unlimited in 1978 and continuing a storied career through over four decades. This show is presented with Arts For Ohio, Ohio University African Studies, Ohio University Multicultural Programs, OU Black Student Cultural Programming Board, and OU Performing Arts & Concert Series. A limited number of FREE tickets are available for Ohio University students, call (740) 753-1924 to reserve yours. Tickets are on sale now at (740) 753-1924 or online at

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The Lion of Zimbabwe

Affectionately known at home as “Mukanya” (“Baboon”) and to the rest of the world as the “Lion of Zimbabwe’, Thomas Mapfumo has been a witness and participant of the history in his native country, Zimbabwe. From the bloody years of the country’s liberation war in the 1970’s, right through the present economic and political cries, Mapfumo has used his revolutionary, spiritually charged music to decry injustice and highlight the historical and cultural issues that underlie the news headlines. Mapfumo is a musical visionary, fearless social critic, and certainly one of the greatest African bandleaders of the past century.