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Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe; Madagascar's "Ghosts of the Past"

May 8, 2015

If you listen closely to the music of Thomas Mapfumo, you will hear the pulse of Zimbabwe. It’s a sound unlike any other, driven by decades of struggle, brutality, and cultural sabotage. 

This hour, we take a look at how Mapfumo’s songs became the voice of an entire nation. Later, we also hear from the curator of a new Madagascar exhibit at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.

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Exhibit info:

"Madagasgar: Ghosts of the Past" is on view at the Bruce Museum until November 8, 2015. 

CD info:

All of the music played during this program can be heard on Lion Songs: Essential Tracks in the Making of Zimbabwe.

GUESTS:

John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.