Zimbabwe Rock Scene Making a Strong Comeback

Old folks will tell you about the hey-days of the modern rock scene in the early 80s, a time when skilled covers would later give birth to future legends such as the Bhundu Boys, Oliver Mtukudzi and James Chimombe to name but a few.

It seems as if a new generation of rockstars is making inroads into a tough Zimbabwe market with the advent of the established Evicted as well as the fast-rising afro-punk-rock group Chikwata.263.

Evicted recorded and released their current CD “Place Called Home” in 2008 in Queensland Australia and had a headlining stint on the prestigious international charity concert “Zimfest” in Brisbane. They wasted no time on their return home, with a South African tour in April, which saw them passing through Johannesburg, Durban, and Pretoria, wowing audiences with their unique and passionate blend of traditional African music and Rock, now dubbed “Afro-Rock Fusion”. The would also earn a support slot for SA heavyweights Prime Circle on their visit to Zimbabwe. The band also saw themselves added to SA’s Southern Pulse booking agency alongside some of SA’s most important bands. They headlined Zimbabwe’s biggest annual charity concert Rock Down Harare in October, and the band performed their biggest gig ever in December 2010, when they played the Falls Fest over new years 2010 in Victoria falls alongside The Parlotones, Mann Friday, Ghapi and more.

Chikwata.263 were formed in January 2011 and have come in leaps and bounds. Other than regular well-received performances the Mannenberg Harare including support slots for Victor Kunonga, Andy Brown and Transit Crew the band was at Punkalicious, the Chimanimani Arts Festival and the Adventures of Dr Punkenstein. Their music fuses a lot of the African traditionl sound with punk rock. Think rock.. with a mbira.

Both bands come head to head in a Friday night double bill at Mannenberg this Friday from 9pm. Cover Charge is $10.