REVERED Chimurenga music icon Thomas Mapfumo and his group the Blacks Unlimited will this Friday make a return to the United Kingdom for two biras dubbed “The DangerZone Tour”.
Mapfumo, better known as Mukanya, will stage his first show on Friday at the African Art Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, before wrapping up the tour with a second show the next day on Saturday at the Picadilly Banqueting Suite in Birmingham, England.
Chimurenga Music Company publicist Blessing Vava said the UK tour was meant to promote Mukanya’s new album DangerZone which was launched early this year at the now-closed Book Café in Harare.
Mukanya last performed in the UK in 2012 and should have performed there last September, but the show had to be cancelled because of visa complications.
The DangerZone Tour will also take him to Africa in September this year with shows lined up for Johannesburg and Cape Town.
G I Promotions are promoting the UK tour in conjunction with Chimurenga Music Company.
Vava said upcoming musician Lamont Chitepo would be the opening act, supported by talented guitarist Zivai Guvheya and backed by the Heritage Survival Band after which Mukanya will make it onto the stage.
“Fans should look forward to new songs from his latest album Dangerzone and other old classics from the music legend’s rich discography dating back from the 70s. The album Danger Zone is a masterpiece and a firm confirmation that Mukanya is one of the best ever song writers to come out of Zimbabwe and a fierce social commentator whose lyrics speak to the issues affecting the people of Zimbabwe on a day-to-day basis,” Vava said.
The album will be on sale at all venues of the tour.