Zimbabwean group for hire.
Musicians from the heart of Zimbabwean urban music, ex-Bhundu Boys Harare combine Jit Jive with traditional hypnotic rhythms of the mbira and the marimba.
Harare are one of the few groups to be playing Zimbabwean music in Europe.
Fronted by the exuberance and charisma of Zimbabwean musician Kuda Matimba, Harare feature a groundbreaking line-up, mixing the buzzing acoustics of the Southern African rich-toned marimba, mbira, ringing jingling guitars, swooping basslines, irrestistible dance rhythms and uplifting vocals.
A virtuoso marimbist, Kuda Matimba was a member of Zimbabwe’s legendary Bhundu Boys, a groundbreaking force in the African music industry, as they paved the way for more artists to reach commercial success in Europe and the US. Kuda has also worked with some of the most highly rated Zimbabwean musicians both in Zimbabwe and in Europe.
Harare celebrates both the past and the future of African dance music and brings a spectacular mix of Southern African musical styles, particularly the musical styles of Zimbabwe. Kuda strongly believes in the importance of preserving one’s heritage through music. Harare’s music is about social awareness, life yesterday, today and tomorrow, advice, respect, love for one another and compassion. It expresses emotions such as pain, love, wisdom and rage. Words to the songs are performed in the Shona language of Zimbabwe. Kuda brings both old and new compositions and arrangements to the Harare set.
Their powerful and vibrant stage-shows have an unstoppable momentum guaranteed to fill the dance floor.
Gateway International Roots Festival 2009
Barnsley Black History Celebrations
Walsall Black History Celebrations
ZimFest UK 2008
Nottingham Riverside Festival
Music Village Festival
Cambridge St Pauls
Hull Gig in the Park
Territorios Sevilla 2008
Off the Tracks Festival
Southport International Arts Festival
London Rise Festival
Sanctuary Festival, London
London Thames Festival