African music – Authors favourites

I have always loved listening to different types of music, and was lucky to be in Zimbabwe during a time when there was a vibrant live music scene. I went to see several local acts and from other African countries. Here are my favourite acts I have seen, and my favourite African songs. They relate mostly to my time in Zimbzbwe & Botswana.

The top African acts I have seen:

The Real Sounds of Africa, the Four Brothers, Kanda Bongo Man, Stella Chiweshe, Jonah Moyo, Bhundu Boys, The Runn Family, Black Umfolosi, Robson Banda & the Black Eagles, Biggie Tembo & the Ocean City Band, and the recently late Oliver Mtukudzi (RIP)

Favourite African songs

RUDO IMOTO – the Four Brothers

OMBA – the Real Sounds of Africa

CHIGWINDIRI – Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited

SANA – Kanda Bongo Man

LILIZELA M’LILIZELA – Mahlatini & the Mahotella Queens


SHOSHOLOZA – Ladysmith Black Mambazo (1995 Rugby World Cup version)

NERIA – Oliver Mtukudzi

CHINOYI – Bhundu Boys

CHITEKETE – Leonard Dembo

There are many others but I cant remember all of them! The main act I never got to see was Thomas Mapfumo.

Trt youtube to have a listen…


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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