Bhundu Boys



Home       Search     Leave Feedback     Contact Us




This year sees the 18th anniversary of the bands first trip to these shores, when they captivated audiences with their compulsive new dance music. In those heady days, long before the expression World music had been coined, the Bhundu Boys were the first African band to play extensively across the UK and Ireland, regularly notching up 80 or 90 date tours.

Despite current problems at home, the Bhundu Boys very name reflects the pride they have in their country, the original Bhundu (bush) boys being the bush guerrillas who fought in the bloody war of independence in the 70s. We are as old as our country is how Rise Kagona, founder of the group, puts it.

The band arose from the seeds of local groups like The Wild Dragons and the Black Superstars, learning their craft on Harare’s nightclub circuit.

In a political atmosphere where homegrown African music was still considered revolutionary, they performed with borrowed gear, originally covering western pop.

The band were one of the first to attack the UK market and in 1987 went top of the indy charts with the Zimbabwean recorded Shabini and Sticks of Fire albums, now re-released as a deluxe double-album called The Shed Sessions (released  2001)

With support slots for Madonna at Wembley Stadium and Eric Clapton in Africa; guest appearances with Mark Knopfler, Youssou N’Dour and Don Williams; and raved about by John Peel, Andy Kershaw and many others, their reputation was second to none, until serial tragedy struck the band, taking its toll on their creative output and continual gigging.

The Bhundu boys last toured Ireland in 2002 when they played an 8 date tour including Feile an Phobail in West Belfast.

Kuda, Washington, Rise & Kenny, The Bhundu Boys checking out the fish at Union Hall Co Cork 2002

Could not fail to bring life to the most static of feet - John Peel

Intoxicating slices of sun - an addictive celebratory high that needs no translation - NME

The giddying tripping guitar of the African township - Q Magazine

Stretches cross-cultural comprehension to breaking point - The Scotsman

See Also:

Music of Zimbabwe
Hear Audio & Buy CDs

Copyright © 2005 - 2009
Last modified: 02/23/11