15th Annual WorldBeat International Dance & Music Festival in San Diego

Thomas Mapfumo
Thomas Mapfumo
The 15th annual WorldBeat International Dance & Music Festival will feature Zimbabwean star Thomas Mapfumo. Also known as "The Lion of Zimbabwe," is known for the political influence he wields through his music. Mapfumo both created and made popular Chimurenga music, a Shona language word for struggle.

This year’s festival !is dedicated to Miriam Makeba, also known as Mama Africa. South African native, Miriam dedicated her life to singing and civil rights activism. She was exiled from her country for 30 years due to her commitment to activism and Pan-Africanism, a movement which seeks to unify both native Africans and those of the African diaspora.

This day is also the day of the drum. In colonial times, the drum was taken away from slaves due to its use in ritual activities. The drum is a universal instrument which connects all cultures as it is significant in all; it is the beat of the heart.

Sunday, May 31st
Time: 12:00 noon – 6pm
Free Family Event
Seaport Village, Embarcadero North – Downtown San Diego

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


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