Will Map­fumo last the dis­tance?:

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Lifestyle Writer

HE HAD been prowl­ing the same lands for decades. And for decades more he had aban­doned his fa­mil­iar sa­van­nah and grass­lands of the Zim­bab­wean ter­rain.

And yet, with his brief re­turn early this year, the lion of Zim­babwe, Thomas Mukanya Map­fumo rekin­dled a love af­fair with the ter­ri­to­ries he had roamed and called home. Mark­ing it with his scent.

And he re­turns yet again to en­sure that they hear him roar not only in the cap­i­tal Harare, but far and wide as a true king of the jun­gle should do.

And yet, with a record nine shows in his epic Zim­babwe Peace Tour that com­menced last night in Gweru, the City of Progress, pro­gress­ing tonight to Bu­l­awayo, the City of Kings, will Mukanya be able, old and weary a lion as he is, to sit on the throne in the City of Kings and fin­ish the nine-town tour bel­low­ing as loudly on his cur­tain call as he does in the first show?

Many have won­dered, but the man has said the only place you will find that he is ag­ing is if you look at the cal­en­dar.

The man him­self is still strong as a lion fresh out of be­ing a cub!

“He has mental and phys­i­cal stamina that should not be un­der-em­pha­sised,” said Khali Lazarus for En­ter­tain­ment Repub­lic who are man­ag­ing this and his pre­vi­ous wel­come home tour.

“Re­mem­ber last time Glamis came to a stand­still and from the time he per­formed, Mukanya sang non-stop un­til way af­ter the cocks started crow­ing,” he added.

True, Mukanya had peo­ple danc­ing and sit­ting be­fore start­ing on that rou­tine yet again. Not out of bore­dom, but he had out­done them in terms of phys­i­cal en­durance, belt­ing all his pop­u­lar clas­sics and new tracks un­til the sun lit­er­ally came out.

“True, this is a dif­fer­ent ball game but we as­sure the fans in Beit­bridge, Kadoma, Kariba, Masvingo, Harare and Vic­to­ria Falls that when Mukanya comes to your doorsteps he will be as fresh and strong as he has been in Gweru and his show in Bu­l­awayo!” said Khali Lazarus.

To­day, the City of Kings awaits the roar of the king of the African wild. Af­ter a long sab­bat­i­cal, this should be a re­union with his fans worth a num­bers of pages in Zim­bab­wean en­ter­tain­ment’s his­tory books no doubt!

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