Chimurenga Forever: The Best of Thomas Mapfumo

Chimurenga Forever: The Best of Thomas Mapfumo

by Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited



Any artist as important as Thomas Mapfumo certainly deserves a career retrospective or three, and the selection on Chimurenga Forever does give a good sense of the varying moods of Mapfumo's music. What this collection does not do, alas, is give any sense of the development of Mapfumo's style. The songs are not presented in the order that they were released, or any other kind of order as far as can be discerned. With Mapfumo, this can be hard to tell, as much of his music was first written and released when he was performing clandestinely, and it has been haphazardly released in various countries on small independent labels. In some cases, there was a delay of years between the time something was recorded and the time it was released, which can bewilder or mislead serious students of Mapfumo's music. The lyrics of many songs have allegorical meanings that were designed to get around censorship, but there is little information about those inner meanings here either. Instead of providing this information, much of the space on the CD sleeve is devoted to photos of Mapfumo and hype for other projects by the same label. If that space had been used to give more insightful liner notes, one would be more inclined to seek out those other albums. As it is, this CD is rated lower than it might be if the documentation was better. Chimurenga Forever is still a fine album of well-recorded music by Thomas Mapfumo, but it's not the package that it could be.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/23/1996
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724383558223
catalogNumber: 35582

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited   Primary Artist
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Drums,Vocal Harmony
Everson Chibhamu   Vocal Harmony
Chartwell Dutiro   Tenor Saxophone,Mbira,Vocal Harmony
Ephraim Karimaura   Guitar
Washington Kavhai   Bass
Charles Makokowe   Bass,Keyboards
Lancelot Mapfumo   Conga
Ernest Ncube   Trumpet
Tendai Ruzvidzo   Vocals
Jonah Sithole   Guitar
Choruwa Benjura   Mbira
Everson Chibhami   Trumpet
Ashton "Sugar" Chiweshe   Guitar
Canaan Kamoyo   Trombone
Ngoni Makombe   Mbira
Emanuel Matambanadzo   Drums
Allan Amitayi   Bass
Basil Makombe   Mbira

Technical Credits

Thomas Mapfumo   Arranger,Producer
Acid   Producer
Gerald Seligman   Liner Notes
Blacks Unlimited   Producer

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