Supersonic & This is Tmrw presents:
+ guests TBA
Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Wednesday 17 August 2022
It is beyond an honour for us to be hosting WITCH for a Rock and Roll show at the Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath. The first band in Zambia to release a commercial album, these guys blend the sounds of the Rolling Stones together with more traditional, African rhythms, to pioneer a new genre dubbed Zamrock.
During their brief, yet prolific existence during the 70s, WITCH released 7 albums and was the most revered band in the country – even described as “The Beatles of Zambia”. When the 1980s rolled around tied with an economic crisis, music became a luxury few could afford, thus resulting in the end of the scene. The 80s also brought in the AIDS epidemic, which tragically took the majority of Zambia’s artists to the grave, leaving a very limited number of them to continue holding the Zamrock torch. Amongst these was WITCH’s lead singer, Jagari Chanda, who found God and started working in a gemstone mine.
In 2012, WITCH’s music was rediscovered and reissued, and was shared outside of Africa for the first time ever. In 2016, Dutch musicians Jacco Gardner and Nic Mauskovic followed a documentary crew that was filming the WITCH’s story in Zambia and played a gig with Jagari, reviving songs that hadn’t been heard live in more than 40 years. A few years after this initial concert, they met again in Europe and toured the continent twice to enthusiastic crowds on sold out shows, followed by a sold out US Tour.
The band recently recorded their first new album in almost 40 years in Zambia, which should be released in 2022, bringing the WITCH sound to the 21st Century! You’d be a fool to miss a show this special in such a small capacity venue.
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