Legendary Zim artist Mapfumo arrives back home after ending 10 years of exile

African musician Thomas Mapfumo from Zimbabwe and his band The Blacks Unlimited perform Chimurenga music of Zimbabwean protest and struggle at Central Park SummerStage, New York, New York, Sunday, July 19, 1992. CREDIT: Photograph © 1992 Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

HARARE- Zimbabwe’s most popular musician Thomas Mapfumo has reportedly returned back to Zim after a self-imposed exile in the United States.

A report by New Zimbabwe.com, Mapfumo arrived at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International airport on Wednesday and is expected to perform for the first time in Zimbabwe in Glamis Arena Harare later this month.

The Zimbabwean music legend  is expected to perform alongside another legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi on April 28.

In a BBC report, they quoted Mapfumo recently saying that he wont get involved in politics, he said,  “I don’t want to be involved in politics I am just here for the people. I am here for everyone. I just belong to the poor people, that’s where I come from,”

The artist fled the country at the height of political regression and has not step foot in a southern African country since 2004 after he settle in the United States.

Mapfumo was arrested by the white government in Zimbabwe over his protest music and later he would be frequently hounded by the black government that succeed him.

Photo Credit- Youth Village Zimbabwe

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