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The Bhundu Boys are a Zimbabwean band that played a mixture of chimurenga music with American rock and roll, disco and pop influences. Their style became known as jit, and is quite popular across Africa, with some international success.

Bhundu was the name given to the young boys who used to aid resistance fighters in the 1970s war against the white minority government. Lead singer Biggie Tembo was a Bhundu boy.

The Bhundu Boys reached the top of the Zimbabwean music scene, with four number one hits (“Baba Munini Francis”, “Wenhamo Haaneti”, “Hastisitose”, and “Ndimboze”) between 1981 and 1984. They attracted the attention of Owen Elias and his colleague Gordon Muir, a Scottish concert promoter , musician Champion Doug Veitch, who released an EP by the band in the UK in 1985. This attracted the attention of DJ’s John Peel and Andy Kershaw who tirelessly promoted the band. Their album Shabini was released in 1986 and was one of the major independent sellers of the year, and one of Peel’s all time favourite albums.

After touring the UK for a year, the band appeared to be on the brink of a major commercial breakthrough. They were feted by Eric Clapton and Elvis Costello and Madonna asked them to be her support act at Wembley Stadium where they played to 240,000 people over three nights.


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  • necrorgasmique

    thanks anyone who made this sound real

    6 May 2012 Reply
  • BWoolmore

    this is nice stuff, reminds me of Oliver Mtukudzi the way the notes and chords are subtly woven into the melody

    25 May 2011 Reply
  • snah_

    hatisitose <3 :) makes me feel like the sun is my face and im beaming so brightly.

    12 Feb 2011 Reply
  • the_red_shoes

    This is some of the most joyous music I have ever heard. And what a price they paid.

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • timothyzha

    great tunes

    19 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Malvadizko

    i found this gorup in a jens lekman interview

    28 Apr 2009 Reply
  • andydrums

    rise kagona, lead guitarist of the bhundu boys now lives in edinburgh and is still making great music. visit: to read his story and listen to his new songs.

    24 Mar 2009 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    the shed sessions is a must have dbl set.freinds on the road was toomuch like a uk pop lp.

    13 Feb 2009 Reply
  • FourFree7evens

    Pretty cool........... cheers skins

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • talfred

    Agree with you there, ThusIsOurKrao

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • ThusIsOurKrao

    I only have Foolish Harp/Waerera but it's one of the most moving, beautiful things I've heard. Uplifting, stimulating, cleansing and still it brings a tear t'your eye.

    19 Nov 2007 Reply
  • ormi_

    Agreed with Inertia_90.

    16 Apr 2007 Reply
  • Inertia_90

    Thank you, John Peel, for introducing me to this group!

    27 Mar 2007 Reply

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