Bhundu Boys

Also known as Bhundu, Bhundu Boys, The, Bundhu Boys, Bundu Boys, The, The Bhundu Boys
Members of Bhundu Boys: Biggie Tembo, David Mankaba, Kenny Chitsvatsva, Rise Kagona, Shakie Kangwena
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Discography of Bhundu Boys:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Bye Bye Stembi 2 Audio 1989 Mango
2 Radio Africa (The '91 Remix Versions) 4 Audio 1991 BCM Records
3 Absolute Jit! 8 Audio 1990 Discafrique Records
4 Radio Africa 3 Audio Discafrique Records
5 50th Anniversary Treat 2 Audio 1987 The Catalogue
6 Dinner With Gershwin / Jit Jive 2 Audio 1987
7 Pamberi! 11 Audio 1989 WEA
8 Radio Africa (The '91 Remix Versions) 4 Audio 1991 BCM Records
9 Tsvimbodzemoto 10 Audio 1987 Discafrique International
10 True Jit 11 Audio 1987 Jit Five
11 The Shed Sessions 29 Audio 2001-06-05 Sadza Records
12 True Jit 11 Audio 1988 Jit Five
13 Muchiyedza (Out Of The Dark) 9 Audio 1997 Cooking Vinyl
14 Pamberi! 12 Audio 1989 WEA
15 Jit Jive 2 Audio 1987 WEA
16 African Woman 3 Audio 1987
17 Muchiyedza (Out Of The Dark) 9 Audio 1997
18 Pamberi! 10 Audio 1989
19 Pamberi! 12 Audio 1989 Mango
20 Friends On The Road 12 Audio 1993 Cooking Vinyl
21 African Woman 2 Audio 1987
22 True Jit 11 Audio 1987 WEA Records Ltd.
23 Kupedza Muto / Vakaparei 4 Audio 1988 Oihuka
24 Bye Bye Stembi 3 Audio 2014 Not On Label
25 Jit Jive 4 Audio 1987 WEA

Founded by guitarist [a=Rise Kagona] in April 1980 and fronted by [a=Biggie Tembo], [b]Bhundu Boys[/b] were a hugely successful Zimbabwean guitar/rock/folk band.

The band is named after the previous occupation of their charismatic frontman, songwriter and lead singer: "bhundu boys" (bhundu = bush) were largely underage runners/messengers for the guerillas during the liberation struggle at the time.

The band scored an unprecendented four number-one singles between 1981 and 1984, which got the attention of the international media. Travelling to Scotland in 1986 and championed and promoted by the likes of Elvis Costello, John Peel, Andy Kershaw, and Eric Clapton, the band even got as far as opening for [a=Madonna] at Wembley Stadium on three nights in 1987.

However, their new and more westernised sound didn't find as much favour with audiences as their past offerings, and following some disapproved shenanigans by Biggie Tembo and his subsequent firing from the band in 1990 and then the deaths of other members, the group slowly lost momentum and disappeared from the scene.

In 2001, a compilation of songs recorded at Harare's Shed Studios between 1982 and 1986 titled "The Shed Sessions" was released.

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