May 1 2018 – OUTSPOKEN musician Thomas Mapfumo reportedly “pulled a political punch” at his homecoming concert over the weekend when he performed a song critical of the new administration.
According to NewsDay, the legendary musician’s homecoming event touched off a storm with his satirical song, “Chauya, Chauya” (come what may).
The song touched on the country’s political situation and its struggles for democracy.
Clad in a black suit, the 72 year old Mapfumo performed his song, thousands of his supporters seemed to validate its lyrics by raising their open hand palm chanting the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party’s slogans.
This was after coming to the Glamis Stadium at about 2 am, where he started what could be the biggest show in recent times with his song, Joyce. He also performed some of his other well known hits such as Pidigori and Mugara Denga, doing the chant which was originally done by the late Tobias Arekete himself.
Mapfumo last week challenged young people to make a stand against the country’s current crop of leaders, whom he described as “old and unable to bring about any fundamental change”.
According to Daily News, Mapfumo criticised President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, saying the removal of Robert Mugabe had only ushered in “cosmetic changes”.
Mapfumo also said that the country’s future was looking bleak without young people playing a leading role in its affairs.
This led some analysts to claim that the legendary musician had endorsed the country’s main opposition party candidate Nelson Chamisa,40, NewsDay said.
Mapfumo performed alongside another legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi at the Glamis Arena, Harare on Saturday, in a show that has had music fans clamouring for a similiar show by Lovemore Majaivana, who is also believed to be also now based in the United States.
There were however complaints by fans of thieves who while revellers were enjoying themselves were busy stealing wallets, cellphones among other things, while some fans complained that alcohol had run out by 11pm.
Mukanya, who was performing in Zimbabwe for the first time after more than a decade, immediatly flew to South Africa the following day -News24.com/additional reporting Patience Rusere