ABOUT THE SHOW
Dubbed ‘the Beatles of Zambia’ because of their immense popularity, WITCH’s brilliant garage, blues and psych-rock was at the center of the explosive music scene in Zambia in the mid-’70s.
At the peak of their popularity, the band often needed police to keep fans at bay while their lead singer Jagari – whose name is an Africanisation of Mick Jagger’s – riled up crowds.
Now, with a new lineup that is international and inter-generational, they are reviving and re-invigorating ‘Zamrock’, a riotous rock’n’roll sound infused with heavy African percussion. The story of WITCH (We Intend To Cause Havoc) is also the story of Zamrock itself.
This is a ‘Pay What You Wish’ performance.
Supported by Live Music Australia – an Australian Government initiative.
Part of ΩHM 2024.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Formed in the 1970s, the group fell apart in the ‘80s, affected by economic crises, social restrictions, and the AIDS epidemic. An unexpected revival came in 2011 when Now-Again Records reissued a career-spanning collection of WITCH’s music. It would be the first time their work was widely available outside of Zambia, and the success of these releases led to the only surviving original member Emmanuel ‘Jagari’ Chanda joining forces with younger musicians from around the world to create new music, staying true to the spirit of the original.
WITCH is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Suitable for ages 12+