A Revolution Betrayed

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EXILE: Author Meldrum being deported from Zimbabwe in May 2003 for his reporting

Perhaps we should have realized something was amiss in 1980. In April of that year, Zimbabwe's newly elected Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe, was appalled at the choice of the dreadlocked Third World icon Bob Marley as the main musical act for the country's independence bash. Marley tunes like Zimbabwe had helped rally the world ("Africans a liberate Zimbabwe/ Every man got a right/ To decide his own destiny") but Mugabe would have preferred the squeaky-clean Brit Cliff Richard. For once he was overruled, and the reggae star spread a message of hope that the racial strife of Rhodesia would give way...

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