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Posted by Heidi Paul on 07/11/2017
Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited

Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited

Location - Osher Marin JCC
200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, 94903
Start Time
07/15/2017 7:00 pm
Event Cost
From $25. Kids 17 and under FREE.
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Tags: Music

The 25th Annual Summer Series of live music, dinners, cocktails, picnics, dancing, a Kid Zone, and fun continues on Saturday July 15th with the “Lion of Zimbabwe” and his band: THOMAS MAPFUMO & THE BLACKS UNLIMITED.

Known as “The Lion of Zimbabwe”, Thomas Mapfumo has been at the cutting edge of the political struggle in his native Zimbabwe, Africa for over 20 years, even as he's become a major figure on the world music scene. 

From the bloody years of the country’s liberation war in the ‘70s, right through the present economic and political crises, Mapfumo has used his revolutionary, spiritually charged music to decry injustice and highlight the historical and cultural issues that underlie the news headlines. Mapfumo is a musical visionary and a fearless social critic and certainly one of the greatest African bandleaders of the past century. 

Now based in Eugene, Oregon, he and the Blacks Unlimited play chimurenga music (music for the struggle of the people), a unique African music genre whose beats are traditional and timeless. Delivered through an electric fusion of melodious lyrics accompanied by sounds of the African thumb piano and guitar, the theme for the music advances various issues in society that include peace, love, civil rights, equality and justice. 

The Osher Marin JCC’s outdoor music series has been created to celebrate diversity, find commonalities, and bring generations together through live music. Five consecutive Saturday nights of great music, under beautiful Marin Skies in an intimate and beautiful setting – Five evenings of community building through the arts.

6:00pm Doors open for sponsors, Century Circle members, and

   Reserved ticket holders

   -Concessions and bar open. 

6:15pm Doors open for general admission seating.

6:40pm Pre-concert African dance class
7:00pm Concert begins – all concerts over by 10pm

Dinners available on-site from: Toast Novato featuring cultural flavors for the night.

Kid Zone hosted by:  O’Hanlon Center for the Arts
Pop-up festival shopping: Georgi & Willow 


WHAT:       Outdoor family- friendly concerts, fun, and dining for all ages.

WHO:        All are invited. No membership/affiliation required. Kids 17 and under free.

TICKETS:    From $25. Kids 17 and under FREE.

         VIP, Reserved tables & General Admission choices

WHEN:      Sat. July 15, 2017

WHERE:      The Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael,

1/2 mile E off 101

PARKING:  Ample FREE lot and on-street parking available.

TICKETS: Available at


The Outdoor Venue is perfect for picnicking and offers the choice of purchasing delicious and affordable meals on-site from local pop-up restaurants. No alcohol is allowed to be brought into venue, but is available for purchase.



7/8: Americana - Brothers Comatose

7/15: African – Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited

7/22: Latin Big Band – Pacific Mambo Orchestra

7/29: Afro-Cuban – Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca

8/5: Celebrate the Summer of Love – Melvin Seals & JGB


The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts is the Performing Arts Department within the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael, California. All are welcome, no membership is ever required to attend. The Center is a long-standing Marin non-profit, centrally located in Marin County and just 1/2 mile east off Hwy 101