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Zuva Rekufa Kwangu

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John Chibadura
Reggae music, militant words and African rhythms blended and distilled by the descendants of slaves in Jamaica, found an enthusiastic audience in the emerging states of Africa. In colonial Rhodesia, Bob Marley's powerful "Zimbabwe" offered the black majority population what local musicians under threat of government censorship or worse were unable to deliver, musical motivation and inspiration for the fight to wrest control of the country from white minority rule. With victory came the new nation of Zimbabwe and a younger generation of artists eager to harness the reggae beat to express their newly won freedom.

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In 1981, a year after Zimbabwe's independence, John Chibadura, a twenty-four-year-old guitar player fresh from the war-scarred countryside, formed a band in the capital, Harare. His gradual climb in popularity became a great leap in 1988 with the release of "Zuva Rekufa Kwangu." Swept along by the push-me-pull-me reggae rhythm, an electric piano bubbling in the background like a circus calliope, the song pleads, with the spirits for a vision of the future.

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