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Mixtape For Zimbabwe

Forty years on from Zimbabwe’s independence, a personalised selection of songs and sounds from UK based writer Belinda Zhawi, dedicated to the country of her birth.

UK based writer Belinda Zhawi creates a personalised selection of sounds, songs and reflections in dedication to her birth country.

After growing up in Zimbabwe, Belinda settled in London when she was 12. Much of her work as a poet, sound artist and educator explores her experience of shifting perspectives and identities, from rural to urban and between continents and cultures.

Zimbabwe gained independence from the United Kingdom in April 1980. Forty years on, Belinda reflects on the hopes and disappointments which followed for her generation, “Born Free,” into an independent Zimbabwe.

Belinda’s Mixtape for Zimbabwe includes the music of Bob Marley, Thomas Mapfumo and Ms Dynamite.

Bird Song (Live at Funkhaus) - Stella Chiweshe

Njema -Winky D

Chitekete - Leonard Dembo

The Folks who Live on the Hill - Maxine Sullivan

Zimbabwe - Oliver Mtkudzi

Zimbabwe - Bob Marley

Dy-Na-Mi-Tee - Miss Dynamite

Sing Along - Crazy Titch

Chitekete - Leonard Dembo

I’ll Wait and Pray - John Coltrane

Home is Where the Hatred Is - Gil Scott Heron

Corruption - Thomas Mapfumo

Coming Home (Radio Edit) - Shingai

Kura Uone (Grow Up & you Will See) - Bongo Maffin

Chitekete - Leonard Dembo

Bird Song (Live in Funkhaus) - Stella Chiweshe

Produced by Femi Oriogun-Williams
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 4

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28 minutes

Last on

Tue 21 Apr 2020 11:30

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  • Tue 21 Apr 2020 11:30