Well, the book has arrived. I'm back from the high seas. The West Coast promotion swing is coming together. All good on my end.
As for my man Thomas Mapfumo, not so rosy. His much anticipated tour in South Africa had to be postponed due to the xenophobic violence against African immigrants going on there. It seems Europe and America don't have a lock on this sort of ugliness. The promotors apparently didn't think it a great idea to attract a large gathering of Zimbabweans under these conditions. The word is the tour will be rescheduled for September. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, Thomas and the band are working locally to promote their long awaited new album Danger Zone. Here's a recently posted video of the core Blacks Unlimited playing the opening tune "Chikozero" in a studio in Eugene, Oregon.