Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I can't believe I haven't posted about this lot before! One of my favorite African bands, in fact the band that really made me dig deeper into Zimbabwe and Zambian music. I first heard the band in the mid 80's on John Peel and Andy Kershaw's shows. They really exemplified the 'Jit Jive' sound that was coming out of Zimbabwe at the time, a mix of African chimurenga music with American rock and roll. Thanks to Peel and Kershaw the band actually received a fair amount of commercial success. Unfortunately the band couldn't avoid the curses of the African nation (disease and poverty) and a number of the band died...including leader Biggie Tembo...leaving the band in pieces...