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Thomas Mapfumo was born in 1945 in Marondera, a small town south of the Rhodesian capital, Salisbury (Harare). He spent his first ten years living an old-fashioned, traditional life in the countryside with his grandparents, removed from the growing bitterness of the cities and townships.

When Mapfumo was ten, he moved to Mbare, the poorest and toughest black township of Salisbury and a ... Read more in Amazon's Thomas Mapfumo Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ADA Global
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Chiiko Chinotinetsa? 3:23£0.59  Buy MP3 
  2. Ndatomutswa Nengoma 3:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
  3. Nyati 4:14£0.59  Buy MP3 
  4. Vamudhara 3:24£0.59  Buy MP3 
  5. Farirai Zimbabwe 4:12£0.59  Buy MP3 
  6. Harare 3:34£0.59  Buy MP3 
  7. Vakarwara Neshanje 3:29£0.59  Buy MP3 
  8. Tonga Nyaya Dzinonetsa 3:22£0.59  Buy MP3 
  9. Chaive Chinyakare 3:24£0.59  Buy MP3 
10. Chii Chati Go-o? 4:00£0.59  Buy MP3 
11. Hombi 3:22£0.59  Buy MP3 
12. Chiruzevha Chapera 3:39£0.59  Buy MP3 
13. Chiwaya-waya 4:13£0.59  Buy MP3 
14. Teererai Mitemo 3:18£0.59  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miha Zupan on 23 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This release from the South African label Sheer is great. The songs included are classic Mukanya, punchy and hypnotic at the same time. But the liner notes leave a lot to be desired as there is no info on where or when the material was recorded.

I have searched the most comprehensive Mapfumo discography I could find on the web and the only song found on that site was track nr. 10 "Chii Chati Go-o?" which was released sometimes in the early 80s as a B-side on an Afro Soul single. There is no trace of any other songs from this collection in that discography.

What does this mean? That the discography is not as comprehensive as one would expect or that these songs are mislabeled? To my ears they all sound as very early Mukanya (no mbira) from late 70s or early to mid 80s. The liner notes say that they have never been released outside Africa, which may or may not be true as a lot of Mapfumo's music was put out on various (mainly British) foreign labels.

Anyway, it's a bit of a mystery and if anybody out there knows more, please enlighten the rest of us.

All in all a very enjoyable album.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Madamombe on 6 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
An excellent CD; one of Mukanya's best. It has golden oldies that one rarely comes across.
Delivered on time.
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