& THE BLACKS UNLIMITED
Known as “The Lion of Zimbabwe”, Thomas Mapfumo has been at the cutting edge of the political struggle in his native Zimbabwe, Africa for over 20 years, even as he's become a major figure on the world music scene.
Now based in Eugene, Oregon, he and the Blacks Unlimited play Chimurenga music, (or music for the struggle of the people), a unique African music genre whose beats are traditional and timeless. They are delivered through an electric fusion of melodious lyrics accompanied by sounds of the African thumb piano (mbira) and the guitar. The theme for the music advances various issues in society that include, peace, love, civil rights, equality and justice. Reggae sound and Afro-beats.
From the bloody years of the country’s liberation war in the ‘70s, right through the present economic and political crises, Mapfumo has used his revolutionary,
spiritually charged music to decry injustice and highlight the historical and cultural issues that underlie the news headlines. Mapfumo is a musical visionary and a fearless social critic and certainly one of the greatest African bandleaders of the past century,
6:00pm Doors open for sponsors, underwriters, Century Circle members, subscribers and special guests. Concessions and bar open.
6:15pm Doors open for public
6:40pm Pre-concert African Dance Class!
7:00pm Concert Begins
Pre-concert African Dance Class led by Kwesi Anku
Dinners available on-site from: Big Jim's BBQ
Kid Zone Hosted by: Marin JCC Summer Camps
Pop-up: Georgi & Willow
Make the best of your evening
Bring picnics, blankets, LOW BACK (only) Lawn Chairs | Please leave at home high back chairs, alcohol, pets, grills, and glass containers. | Be prepared to dance, play, and picnic! | Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, dinners, sweets, savories, and treats available for purchase.