Bhundu Boys

Bhundu Boys

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Founded by guitarist Rise Kagona in April 1980 and fronted by Biggie Tembo, Bhundu Boys 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 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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Bhundu Boys Discography

Albums

AFRI LP 02X The Bhundu Boys* Shabini (Album) Discafrique Records AFRI LP 02X UK 1986 Sell This Version
AFRILP 03/006 Bhundu Boys Tsvimbodzemoto (Album) Discafrique International AFRILP 03/006 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
JIT 1 Bhundu Boys True Jit (Album) WEA Records Ltd., WEA Records Ltd. JIT 1 1987 Sell This Version
CN 5392/S Bhundu Boys In Concert-467(LP) BBC Transcription Services CN 5392/S UK 1989 Sell This Version
MLPS 9858, 162 539 858-1 The Bhundu Boys* Pamberi! (Album) WEA Music K.K. MLPS 9858, 162 539 858-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
AFRILP09 Bhundu Boys Absolute Jit!(LP) Discafrique Records AFRILP09 UK 1990 Sell This Version
INT 3123 2 Bhundu Boys Friends On The Road (Album) Cooking Vinyl INT 3123 2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
D31698, COOKCD118 Bhundu Boys Muchiyedza (Out Of The Dark) (Album) Festival Records, Cooking Vinyl D31698, COOKCD118 Australia 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DIS 1 1985 The Bhundu Boys* And African Herb The Bhundu Boys* And African Herb - The Bhundu Boys And African Herb(12") Discafrique Records DIS 1 1985 UK 1985 Sell This Version
YZ 164T, 248158-0 Bhundu Boys African Woman (Single) WEA, WEA YZ 164T, 248158-0 UK 1987 Sell This Version
YZ 151 Bhundu Boys Jit Jive (Single) WEA, WEA YZ 151 UK 1987 Sell This Version
PROMO 302 Donna Summer / Bundu Boys, The* Donna Summer / Bundu Boys, The* - Dinner With Gershwin / Jit Jive(12", Promo) Warner Bros. Records, WEA PROMO 302 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
none Bhundu Boys / Brendan Croker & The 5 O'Clock Shadows* Bhundu Boys / Brendan Croker & The 5 O'Clock Shadows* - 50th Anniversary Treat(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Shape, Cle) The Catalogue none UK 1987 Sell This Version
AFRIS03/006 Bhundu Boys Kupedza Muto / Vakaparei(7", Promo) Oihuka AFRIS03/006 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
FWEAK 01T Bhundu Boys Ziva Kwawakaba(12") Discafrique International FWEAK 01T UK 1988 Sell This Version
MLPS 7834 DJ Bhundu Boys / Teque Nick Bhundu Boys / Teque Nick - Bye Bye Stembi Mango MLPS 7834 DJ US 1989 Sell This Version
BCM 07550 Latin Quarter With The Bhundu Boys* Latin Quarter With The Bhundu Boys* - Radio Africa (The '91 Remix Versions) (Maxi) BCM Records BCM 07550 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
AFRI7 10 Latin Quarter And The Bhundu Boys* Latin Quarter And The Bhundu Boys* - Radio Africa(7", Single) Discafrique Records AFRI7 10 Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Sadza 1 Bhundu Boys The Shed Sessions(2xCD, Comp) Sadza Records Sadza 1 Germany 2001 Sell This Version

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