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Nov. 02, 2007



Thomas Mapfumo began his musical career in the 1960's singing cover versions of Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and other American rock and soul artists.

But the blowing winds of revolution in what was then white minority ruled Rhodesia, took him in a new direction.

Mapfumo turned to the traditional music of the Shona; usually sacred music whose instrumentation includes the mbira or thumb piano creating cyclical rhythmic patterns. He introduced rock instrumentation along with political and protest themes and  dubbed the new sound Chimurenga or struggle music

Rhodesia is now Zimbabwe, a country still facing problems and Mapfumo- known as The Lion of Zimbabwe- is still writing Chimurenga music. He talks with Radio M host Toy Sarabia about his latest release and why he's currently living in the US

Also Tony welcomes Colleen Miller as his guest co-host this week. Miller is in charge of booking bands at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music.