It's been 14 years since Thomas-Mapfumo worked up a crowd like this in his home country. He was forced to flee Zimbabwe after years of using his music to call for freedom. First from colonial white rule when Zimbabwe was know as Rhodesia, and later, from former President Robert Mugabe.
>> When the government was against me, they saw me as an enemy of the state. And well, I didn't fear for my life, all I wanted was my children to be safe, my family. And also to carry on with my music.>> His fans call him the Lion of Zimbabwe.
Mapfumo is also considered the father of a genre known simply as liberation music. It was banned and he was arrested in 1979 for supporting revolution against that white government, at least three months later after protest from supporters. But when independence came and Mugabe took power, he became disillusoned again with the new authoritarian leader.
He fled for the United States with his family fearing for his life after making songs criticizing the new order. Now Mugabe's gone, and Mapfumo's first homecoming show sold out. While he still thinks the country has a long road to recovery.>> Who would like to see our people.
There's a little change of course but our people would like to see the real change. The real change is not there. Our people are still living in squalor.