Thomas Mapfumo says he homesick after being away from Zimbabwe for over a decade.

“It’s not a good situation for me; it’s actually sad that I am far away from home. This situation is very unhealthy for me. I am homesick; everyday my mind is in Zimbabwe. I am disconnected because I haven’t seen most of my friends for many years and some have passed away.

“I don’t even know how Harare looks like now. I can only imagine, even though I am constantly following the events happening at home through the media and through some people close to me but it is still not enough,” he told the Daily News.

Though the veteran music star clearly misses home, he does not see himself returning to Zimbabwe anytime soon.

“I am always thinking of coming home but I will remain stuck in foreign lands unless the situation changes.  I don’t think that is going to happen anytime soon unless there is a change. Even if I would like to come back it seems I am regarded as an enemy of the State.

“If the situation changes for the better, I will pack my bags and catch the earliest flight to come and perform in Zimbabwe,” Mukanya said.

Asked what his biggest regret was on the occasion of his 72nd birthday, Mukanya singled out his life in exile.

“The biggest regret is that I am not a free man. I am not living in Zimbabwe. It’s a pity that we fought for the liberation of this county yet we only achieved dictatorship and oppression. I miss freedom; I miss home and I miss my fans,” the Chimurenga music star said.