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Welcome Back Mukanya - Big Bira

Thomas Tafirenyika Mapfumo (born July 3, 1945) is a Zimbabwean musician known as "The Lion of Zimbabwe" and "Mukanya" (the praise name of his clan in the Shona language) for his immense popularity and for the political influence he wields through his music, including his sharp criticism of the government. Mapfumo was imprisoned without charges under the white-dominated regime of Rhodesia. He both created and made popular Chimurenga music and his slow-moving style and distinctive voice is instantly recognisable to Zimbabweans.
He lived in exile in the United States, and he has now returned to Zimbabwe he has not returned since 2005.

New Songs

Same Great Voice

Multilingual

Supporting Artists

Only the finest artists can support a Legend.

  • Oliver Mtukudzi

    Artist

  • Winky D

    Artist

  • Andy Muridzo

    Artist

  • Sulumain Chimbetu

    Artist

  • Gary Tight

    Artist

PROGRAM

Big Bira is scheduled to go as follows.

Oliver Mtukudzi

Oliver Mtukudzi

Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi is a Zimbabwean musician, businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region. Tuku is considered Zimbabwe's most renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon of all time.

45mins

Main Stage

Professional

Winky D

Winky D

Winky D is a Zimbabwe reggae-dancehall artist, known popularly as "The Big Man", and also known as Dancehall Igwe. He was born in Mpopoma, Bulawayo in South West Zimbabwe.

45mins

Main Stage

Professional

Andy Muridzo

Andy Muridzo

Kudzai Andrew Ngwenya popularly known as Andy Muridzo is a Zimbabwean musician. He is well known for his songs Dherira and Chidhafudhunda off his album Ngarizhambe. He started singing when he was in Form two and was the church choir leader. He then started writing music after Jah Prayzah took him under his wing in 2013. He used to sing at church together with Jah Prayzah, before he became a popular musician.

45mins

Main Stage

Professional

Gary Tight

Gary Tight

UPCOMING Afro-pop musician Gary Tight, who hogged the limelight.

120mins

Main Stage

Intermediate

Sulumani Chimbetu

Sulumani Chimbetu

Sulumani Chimbetu is a Zimbabwean Dendera Music vocalist, guitarist, composer, stage performer and businessman. He is the frontman for the Orchestra Dendera Kings and son of the late Dendera music icon Simon Chimbetu. He first came to the public's attention in 2004 when he joined The Orchestra Dendera Kings. Since then he has had a career marked by successful collaborations with several local artists as well as an international tour schedule.

60mins

Main Stage

Professional

Thomas Mukanya Mapfumo

Thomas Mukanya Mapfumo

Mapfumo was born in 1945 in Marondera, Mashonaland East, a town southeast of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, though at the time the capital was called Salisbury and the country was a colony of Great Britain called Southern Rhodesia (becoming Rhodesia in ordinary usage after Northern Rhodesia gained independence as Zambia). He lived a traditional, rural Shona lifestyle until the age of ten, when his family moved to the Harare township of Mbare. It was during these early years that he was exposed to the traditional music of the Shona, the influence of which would drive his later music to incorporate and/or reflect the sounds of the ngoma drum and the mbira, a metal-pronged instrument with spiritual importance.

60mins

Saloon A

Intermediate

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Glamis Arena.
Show Grounds.

Harare

hotel

address

Samora Machel, Harare, Zimbabwe
+263 719 307 191
+263 718 809 191
1.9 mi / 2.9 km from CBD

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