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Sunday, April 21, 2002 Options
Music & Censorship in Zimbabwe with Banning Eyre

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Writer / Musician / Afropop Worldwide Radio Producer Banning Eyre joins us to discuss music and politics in Zimbabwe, in light of the current political turmoil there.

Banning recently published an article about music and censorship in Zimbabwe. The article is posted by Freemuse, a journal / website that addresses music and free speech issues:

Banning has visited Zimbabwe several times including an extended stay in 1997-98 doing research and performing with the great Thomas Mapfumo and his band. Click here for a short article about Banning's experiences and his take on the music scene there.

The Public Radio International program Afropop Worldwide will present a fundraising concert Monday, April 29 at the Bottom Line, 15 W4 St in NYC. Thomas Mapfumo and South Africa's Mahotella Queens headline, with guest appearances by Bonnie Raitt and legendary Zimbabwean vocalist Dorothy Masuka. Besides Afropop's own work, beneficiaries include new Zimbabwean independent radio station VOP and a fund for families of musicians in Zimbabwe who have died of AIDS.

For information about this concert, more on Banning and Zimbabwe and African music and culture in general, visit the Afropop site:

Zimbabwean singer Oliver Mtukudzi will be at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St near Astor Place on Monday and Tuesday April 22-23 - and he'll be appearing on Late Night with David Letterman on April 22! For info:

Further reading:
Turino, Thomas: Nationalists, Cosmopolitans, and Popular Music in Zimbabwe, a great new book from the University of Chicago Press,

Learn more about the international "mbira music" phenomenon, discussed on this show, by visiting

This Week's Playlist:

Thomas Mapfumo: From his new CD Chimurenga Rebel Options

Mahotella Queens: Sebai Bai Options / Sebai Bai / Indigo

Thomas Mapfumo: Disaster Options / Chimurenga Explosion

Oliver Mtukudzi: Wasakara Options / Bvuma / ZMC

Thomas Mapfumo: Marima Nzara Options / Chimurenga Rebel / Shanachie

Thomas Mapfumo: Nyarai Options / The Chimurenga Singles / Shanachie

Dorothy Masuka:

Thomas Mapfumo: Pidigori Options / Thomas Mapfumo Collected / Nascente

Ephat Mujuru: A selection from the forthcoming posthumous cd on Alula records Options

Andy Brown: Sadza Nenyama Options / Hondo Ye Sadza / ZMC

Simon Chimbetu and Orch. Dendera Kings:

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