Blog September 19, 2022
Lancelot Mapfumo Has Left Us

Lancelot Mapfumo, brother and long-time percussionist for Thomas Mapfumo and his band The Blacks Unlimited, has died after a long illness. He had lived in Oregon for some 20 years, since the band went into self-exile. He died there in the company of family and friends on September 17.

Lancelot was a pillar of this legendary band, playing hosho and ngoma percussion on conga drums. His deeply focused vibe, sly smile and sharp conversational rhythms coming from deep Shona tradition, were a joy to behold. He will be sorely missed by all fans of this extraordinary music.

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