Chikwata.263: Zimbabwe’s First Mbira Punk Rock Band

For those in the know, mbira punk rock band Chikwata.263 is making serious in-roads into live entertainment.

Formed in January 2011 at a Book Cafe Open Mic session, the 4 piece band comprises Hector(Mbira), Tomas (guitar), Shi’loh (bass) and Blessing (drums).

Said Hector

The spirit used to speak through the mbira and people didn’t listen.Now the spirits are shouting

And shouting they are through the vibrant sound of this band. Think, distorted mbira. Yes, distorted mbira.

If you didn’t catch them at the two Punkalicious gigs at Alliance Francaise or the Afro.Rock.Reggae series alongside X-VYBZ and Mokoomba; or opening for Andy Brown and Transit Crew then you have a chance to get in on the act on Friday 3 June 2011 at Gallery Delta.

Show starts at 7 but gates open at 6.

Chikwata.263 presents The Adventures of Dr Punkenstein

A demo cd called entitled Chikwata.263 Live at Uncle JJ’s will be on sale at the venue at a dollar for 2. So take a friend along or else you’re going to look a bit silly walking about with 2 discs.