Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited :: Summer Nights Concert
Sat, July 15, 2017 7:00 pm
THOMAS MAPFUMO & THE BLACKS UNLIMITED
“As Bob Marley is to Jamaicans or Fela Kuti is to Nigerians, Thomas Mapfumo is to Zimbabweans”
THOMAS MAPFUMO & 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.
TIPS Ticket: Purchase tix in advance for best pricing. Parking: Lot and on-street parking available Kids Zone Offers hands on project for little ones. Food: Picnic or purchase a delicious meal from a fave local restaurant’s on-site pop-up. Beverages: No alcohol or glass is allowed to be brought in, but is available for purchase. Seating: General Admission =Picnic/turf or chairs in rear. Reserved Cabaret Table= single chair or full table for 4 at back of turf. Picnic Tables= full tables near playground (includes 8 tix).
Ideal for families and all generations, the Summer Nights venue is set against the beautiful hills of Marin and within a secluded, self-contained, safe, park-like environment that is expansive, open and yet accessible only through the JCC.
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.
General Admission $22 members / $25 public / Day of: $30 (ALL) Age 17 & under FREE (no ticket needed)
EVENT DETAILS 6:00pm Doors open for reserved tickets, sponsors, and Century Circle members. Concessions and bar open. 6:15pm Doors open for general admission 6:40pm Pre-concert African Dance Class! 7:00pm Concert Begins
Opening Act Pre-concert African Dance Class led by Kwesi Anku