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Led by singing drummer Marshall Munhumumwe, The Four Brothers came together in 1977 out of the ashes of the Great Sounds, and eventually became one of Zimbabwe’s most popular musical acts. Munhumumwe, their chief composer as well as a drummer, began his career with The Great Sounds and Black Jack. He then joined Tineyi Chikupo’s Mverechena Band, releasing one single in 1976. Soon after, Marshall left the band, bringing Alec Chipaika, Edward Zulu, and Never Mutare with him to form The Four Brothers. In fact, Marshall was Thomas Mapfumo’s uncle - he credits Mapfumo for teaching him how to play guitar and drums, as well as inspiring him to become a musician. Releasing hits such as Zvamanya Tongai Zimbabwe, Pamusoroi Komuredhi, and Makorokoto in 1980, the band found great success and paved the way for many more hits to come.

The success of The Four Brothers came from the fact that they blended the chimurenga styles of Mapfumo and Sithole with rhumba from at home and abroad. Their fast paced, highly danceable music features not only the rapid-fire guitar we have come to expect from Zimbabwean compositions, but excellent harmonies as well. The Four Brothers have released many albums, including two greatest hits compilations. In 1988 they joined the ranks of touring Zimbabweans as they played shows in the UK.


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  • CDPETE01

    First came across these guys via Radio 1 either John Peel or Andy Kershaw ,and then bought a compilation CD new roots jobby,however then sourced out the best of and then went on to find three maybe four more albums on CD,brilliant band would of loved to have seen them in concert somewhere but by the time I got into them they were already history,brilliant guitar though so have fun trying to find some Cds by them.

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • omeiza1

    yea! authentic music.

    24 Oct 2008 Reply
  • mccrispy

    My God! Those guitars! makes the hairs on your arms stand to attention. Beautiful, majestic, a sad, sad loss

    26 Feb 2008 Reply

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