Thomas Mapfumo
and the Music
That Made 


BOOKS + REport

In Griot Time
An American Guitarist in Mali 
(Book + CD)

Guitar Atlas: Africa
Your Passport to a
New World of Music
(Book + CD)

Playing With Fire
Fear and Self-Censorhip in Zimbabwean Music


Photo © Robert Ebstein

Photo © Robert Ebstein

Banning Eyre is a writer and guitarist, and the senior editor and producer of the public radio program Afropop Worldwide. He is the author of Lion Songs:Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe, In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mali, Playing with Fire: Fear and Self-Censorship in Zimbabwean Music, and Guitar Atlas: Africa, and the co-author of AFROPOP! An Illustrated Guide to Contemporary African Music. Eyre is a contributor to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and his writing has been published in Billboard, Guitar Player, Salon, the Boston Phoenix, College Music Journal, Option, The Beat, Folk Roots, Global Rhythm, and other publications. He has also performed and recorded with Thomas Mapfumo.