I confess, I'm not much of a blogger, but I've decided I will improve my act over the next few days as I return to Harare to watch Thomas Mapfumo perform his first show there in 14 years. For me, it's been even longer. The last time I saw Harare was in 2001, fully 17 years ago. This will be an historic event, and a time of great emotion for so many who have lived and loved chimurenga music, not least, me.
My plan had been to arrive today to join the band in rehearsals tomorrow and Friday. But, fate intervened. A sick passenger delayed the Emirates plane I was to board, so our flight left 6 hours late, missing the connection in Dubai. As I wait for the next flight I've had a peek at this citadel of opulence. Quite something to see, and sure to enhance the culture shock of seeing Harare, circa 2018.
More to come, I promise!