USA based Zimbabwean musician Thomas Mapfumo popularily known as Mukanya was in for a treat this past weekend as he received US $2 200 from his fans in the UK as a 75th birthday present, the Daily News reports.
One of the coordinators of the initiative Gift Matenga spoke about Mkanya and his birthday and their birthday present and said:
Mukanya is a legendary Zimbabwean artiste who has been around for a long time fighting for human rights, freedom and justice. He has risked his life since the liberation struggle till today. He has also put Zimbabwe on the map and is one of the very few legends who invented a genre of music that fuses traditional and modern instruments hence the doctorate he has.
He is among the few surviving people from his generation and still going strong at his age. So yes he deserves it. Gondoza came up with the initiative and we supported him. In the process, we also worked with Sam Mataure who made the campaign a success.In thanking his UK fans in a Facebook video, Mkanya said:I am so grateful to my fans in the UK for the birthday gift. I received the money through Western Union. I thank you allMapfumo has been living in the US for the past 16 years. He left to go into exile after he claimed his life was under threat from the Robert Mugabe administration after he criticised the admin for poor leadership.More: Daily News