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

The Bhundu Boys* Shabini (Album) Discafrique Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys Tsvimbodzemoto (Album) Discafrique International Spain 1987 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys True Jit (Album) WEA Records Ltd., WEA Records Ltd. 1987 Sell This Version
CN 5392/S Bhundu Boys In Concert-467(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 5392/S UK 1989 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys Absolute Jit (Album) Discafrique Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
The Bhundu Boys* Pamberi! (Album) WEA Music K.K. US 1989 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys Friends On The Road (Album) Cooking Vinyl Germany 1993 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys Muchiyedza (Out Of The Dark) (Album) Festival Records, Cooking Vinyl 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
Bhundu Boys African Woman (Single) WEA, WEA UK 1987 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys Jit Jive (Single) WEA, WEA 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
Bhundu Boys / Teque Nick Bhundu Boys / Teque Nick - Bye Bye Stembi Mango US 1989 Sell This Version
Latin Quarter With The Bhundu Boys* Latin Quarter With The Bhundu Boys* - Radio Africa (The '91 Remix Versions) (Maxi) BCM Records 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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