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African music star in exile awaits real change for Zimbabwe

(AP Photo/Andrew Selsky). In this Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 photo, Zimbabwean dissident Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe's most famous musician, pauses while speaking at his apartment in Eugene, Ore. As Zimbabweans celebrated the ouster of dictator Robert Mugabe, ... (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky). In this Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 photo, Zimbabwean dissident Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe's most famous musician, pauses while speaking at his apartment in Eugene, Ore. As Zimbabweans celebrated the ouster of dictator Robert Mugabe, ...
(Jeremy Hogan/The Herald-Times via AP, File). FILE - In this April 6, 2011, file photo, Thomas Mapfumo, of Zimbabwe, performs with members of his band at the Wells-Metz Theatre at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Mapfumo, As Zimbabweans celebrat... (Jeremy Hogan/The Herald-Times via AP, File). FILE - In this April 6, 2011, file photo, Thomas Mapfumo, of Zimbabwe, performs with members of his band at the Wells-Metz Theatre at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Mapfumo, As Zimbabweans celebrat...
(Jeremy Hogan/The Herald-Times via AP). FILE - In this April 6, 2011, file photo, Thomas Mapfumo, of Zimbabwe, performs with members of his band at the Wells-Metz Theatre at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. As Zimbabweans celebrated the ouster o... (Jeremy Hogan/The Herald-Times via AP). FILE - In this April 6, 2011, file photo, Thomas Mapfumo, of Zimbabwe, performs with members of his band at the Wells-Metz Theatre at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. As Zimbabweans celebrated the ouster o...
(AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File). FILE - In this May 6, 2000 photo, Zimbabwean music star Thomas Mapfumo performs in Chitungwiza, south of Harare, Zimbabwe. One of Zimbabwe’s most famous music stars, Mapfumo, sees little hope for change in his countr... (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File). FILE - In this May 6, 2000 photo, Zimbabwean music star Thomas Mapfumo performs in Chitungwiza, south of Harare, Zimbabwe. One of Zimbabwe’s most famous music stars, Mapfumo, sees little hope for change in his countr...

By ANDREW SELSKY
Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - One of Zimbabwe's most famous music stars sees little hope for change in his country despite the ouster of longtime dictator Robert Mugabe.

Thomas Mapfumo has been in exile from his country in Eugene, Oregon, since 2004 and has watched the euphoria over Mugabe's downfall with skepticism.

He told The Associated Press this week that he doesn't think Zimbabweans have so much to celebrate.

That's because the same political party that Mugabe ruled over is still in power.

Mapfumo says he sees nothing to suggest his country will overcome its long history of repression and political corruption.

Mapfumo is known as the Lion of Zimbabwe and invented a musical style called chimurenga.

He wrote politically charged songs that were banned from public airwaves and played in secret.

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