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A pleasantly unpretentious low-budget musical from Zimbabwe (1990), written and directed by Michael Raeburn, author of a well-known nonfiction book about Zimbabwe, We Are Everywhere. The plot concerns a sort of working-class rural Candide called UK (Dominic Makuvachuma), who is knocked unconscious when he falls out of a taxicab and then falls in love with the woman, Sofi (Sibongile Nene), he gazes up at when he comes to. He's determined to marry her, but her father insists on a "bride price," an expensive stereo and a lot of cash. UK sets out to obtain these things, but has to contend with both his traditional "guiding spirit" (Winnie Ndemera), who wants him to earn money for his parents in the countryside and keep her floating in beer, and Sofi's vindictive boyfriend (Farai Sevenzo). The prerecorded music is by Oliver Mtukudzi and other Zimbabwe pop stars. Music Box, Friday through Tuesday, December 17 through 21.

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