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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Albums

Bhundu Boys - The Bhundu Boys album art The Bhundu Boys* The Bhundu Boys (Album) Rugare Zimbabwe 1983 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys - Hupenyu Hwepasi album art The Bhundu Boys* Hupenyu Hwepasi (Album) Rugare South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys - Shabini album art The Bhundu Boys* Shabini (Album) Discafrique Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys - Tsvimbodzemoto album art Bhundu Boys Tsvimbodzemoto (Album) Discafrique Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys - True Jit album art Bhundu Boys True Jit (Album) Jit Five, WEA, Jit Five, WEA 1987 Sell This Version
248 248-0 Bhundu Boys - Jit Jive album art Bhundu Boys Jit Jive(12", MiniAlbum) WEA 248 248-0 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys - Pamberi! album art The Bhundu Boys* Pamberi! (Album) Mango, Mango, Mango, Mango US 1989 Sell This Version
CN 5392/S Bhundu Boys - In Concert-467 album art Bhundu Boys In Concert-467(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 5392/S UK 1989 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys - Absolute Jit album art Bhundu Boys Absolute Jit (Album) Discafrique Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys - Friends On The Road album art Bhundu Boys Friends On The Road (Album, Comp) Cooking Vinyl Germany 1993 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys - Muchiyedza (Out Of The Dark) album art Bhundu Boys Muchiyedza (Out Of The Dark) (Album) Festival Records, Cooking Vinyl Australia 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DIS 1 1985 Bhundu Boys - The Bhundu Boys And African Herb album art 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
JIT1 Bhundu Boys - Chemedzavana / Writing On The Wall album art Bhundu Boys Chemedzavana / Writing On The Wall(7", Single, Ltd) Jit Five JIT1 Zimbabwe 1986 Sell This Version
RUG 30 Bhundu Boys - Kupedza Muto album art Bhundu Boys Kupedza Muto(7", Single) Rugare RUG 30 Zimbabwe 1986 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys - African Woman album art Bhundu Boys African Woman (Single) WEA, WEA UK 1987 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys - Jit Jive album art Bhundu Boys Jit Jive (Single) WEA, WEA UK 1987 Sell This Version
PROMO 302 Bhundu Boys - Dinner With Gershwin / Jit Jive album art Donna Summer / The Bundu Boys* Donna Summer / The Bundu Boys* - Dinner With Gershwin / Jit Jive(12", Promo) Warner Bros. Records, WEA PROMO 302 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
none Bhundu Boys - 50th Anniversary Treat album art Bhundu Boys / Brendan Croker & The 5 O'Clock Shadows* Bhundu Boys / Brendan Croker & The 5 O'Clock Shadows* - 50th Anniversary Treat(Flexi, 7", Shape, S/Sided, Cle) The Catalogue none UK 1987 Sell This Version
AFRIS03/006 Bhundu Boys - Kupedza Muto / Vakaparei album art Bhundu Boys Kupedza Muto / Vakaparei(7", Promo) Oihuka AFRIS03/006 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
FWEAK 01T Bhundu Boys - Ziva Kwawakaba album art Bhundu Boys Ziva Kwawakaba(12") Discafrique International FWEAK 01T UK 1988 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys - Bye Bye Stembi album art Bhundu Boys / Teque Nick Bhundu Boys / Teque Nick - Bye Bye Stembi Mango US 1989 Sell This Version
Bhundu Boys - Radio Africa (The '91 Remix Versions) album art Latin Quarter With The Bhundu Boys* Latin Quarter With The Bhundu Boys* - Radio Africa (The '91 Remix Versions) (Maxi, Single) BCM Records Germany 1991 Sell This Version
GGUMS 12001 Bhundu Boys - Mean What You Say/ Never Surrender album art Bhundu Boys, Alton Ellis Bhundu Boys, Alton Ellis - Mean What You Say/ Never Surrender(12", Maxi) Smugg Records GGUMS 12001 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
12 JIT 4, SAM 611 Bhundu Boys - Bye Bye Stembi album art The Bhundu Boys* Bye Bye Stembi(12", Single) Jit Five, Jit Five 12 JIT 4, SAM 611 Zimbabwe Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

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