Harare are one of the few groups to be playing Zimbabwean dance music in Europe. Formed by a musician from the heart of Zimbabwean urban music, Harare combines different styles from Jit Jive to traditional hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (lamellaphone/thumb piano). Harare music is also heavily influenced by chimurenga, the genre developed by music guru, Thomas Mapfumo.

The four -strong band are fronted by the exuberance and charisma of Zimbabwean musician Kuda Matimba and feature a groundbreaking line-up, mixing the buzzing acoustics of the Southern African marimba and mbira, lead and bass guitars and drum kit. A virtuoso marimbist, Kuda Matimba was a member of the Zimbabwe's legendary Bhundu Boys. Bhundu boys were a groundbreaking force in the African music industry, as they paved the way for more artists to reach commercial success in Europe and the US. Kuda has also worked with some of the highly rated Zimbabwean musicians both in Zimbabwe and in Europe.

Harare celebrate both the past and the future of African dance music and bring a spectacular mix of Southern African musical styles, particularly the musical styles of Zimbabwe. Kuda strongly believes in the importance of preserving one's heritage through music. Some of the songs are traditional ones from Zimbabwe, based on the traditional instrument, the mbira. Harare's music is about social awareness, life yesterday, today and tomorrow, advice, respect, love for one another and compassion. It expresses emotions such as pain, love, wisdom and rage. Words to their songs are performed in Shona language of Zimbabwe. Kuda brings both old and new compositions and arrangements to the Harare set. Their powerful and vibrant stage-shows have an unstoppable momentum guaranteed to fill the dance floor.

Harare have the style, momentum & experience to show there is a promising future ahead for Zimbabwean based dance music and for their exciting new songs & arrangements.

Past activities include London Sanctuary Festival, 2007 Rise Festival (African village stage), Shambala Festival, Off The Tracks Festival, Southport International Street Festival, Mayor of London Festival, Territorios Sevilla 2008, Gateway International Festival, ZimFest London 09, Pontardawe Festival, Luton Summer Festival, Secousse London, Barnsley Black History Celebrations, Cambridge St Pauls, Hootananny London, Hull Gig In the Park, 2010 Malamu Music Club, PawPaw Jam, 2012 Recyclart Brussels, 2010 World City Music Village, Belfast Mela Festival, Crawley Mela Festival, SOAS Concert Series, Amazing Africa Festival, Howden Live, 2012 Night Out Wales, 2012 International Youth Arts Festival, 2012 World City Music Village, Rhythmtree Festival & many more.

Harare are also available as an acoustic set as well as suitable for a wide range of occasions & venues from theatres, Arts centres, clubs as well as Corporate entertainment events. Workshops & sessions are also offered to groups of all ages from primary school children to senior citizens.

Kuda is also a respected mbira and marimba teacher, and is available for inspiring lessons and master-classes.

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Hwahwa (Folklore)

Makuhwa (Chitsvatsva)

Chemutengure (Folklore)

Mai Chipo (Matimba)

Mari Muyenzi (Chitsvatsva)

Tatopera (Matimba)

Mwana Wandaireva (Matimba)

Baya Wabaya (Folklore)

Shumba (Folklore)



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4 May... EP 'Tanaka' Launch Party, Bedroom Bar, Shoreditch, London

18 April... London

31 March... New EP 'Tanaka' Release date, Hootananny, London

23 March... Private

20 January... RichMix, London - 2pm (Acoustic set)


21 December... Woodcote, Sutton

16 December... Birmingham

7 December... The Chapel, Bath

2 December... Canterbury

1 December... Bury St Edmunds

23 November... Private, London

19 November... Hilton, Hyde Park

25 August... RhythmTree Festival, Isle of Wight

21 July... London

20 July... Russell Square

19 July... London

18 July... SOAS

13 July... Rose Theatre, Kingston

10 July... Brunei Gallery

3/4/5/6/7/8 July... Wales

21 June... SOAS

10 June... World City Music Village, Horniman Museum, London

26 May... Orkney Solstice Festival, London

6/7 April... Suffolk

23 March... The Jamm, Brixton, London

21 March... Stoke Newington, London

21 Jan... Charlie Wrights International, London


15 October...Passing Clouds, London

1 October... Mudeka Foundation Fundraiser

Wymondham High School Hall, Folly Road

Wymondham Norfolk NR18 0QT


3 September...Passing Clouds, London

4 July...Horniman Museum, London

3 July...Victoria Park, London

29 May...The Rest is Noise, London

21/2/3 May...Ireland

30 April...The New Empowering Church, London

2nd April...Secousse, Notting Hill Arts Club, London

26 March...SOAS, London

14 March...Hootananny Brixton, London

5 February...SOAS, London

29 January...Green Note, London

8 January...Passing Clouds, London


19th December...The New Empowering Church, London

18th December...Commonwealth Club, London

12th December...Penelopes Club, Sheffield

9th December...Hilton Hotel London Bridge, London

26th November...Korzo Theater, Den Haag NL (Kudaushe)

22nd November...KIT, Amsterdam NL (Kudaushe)

21st November...RASA, Utrecht NL (Kudaushe)

20th November...Rotterdam NL (Kudaushe)

18th November...Oosterpoort, Groningen NL (Kudaushe)

13th November..WOMAD Spain, Las Palmas (Kudaushe)

24th October...Portsmouth

20th October...The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London

8th October ...Momo Kemia Bar, London W1B 4BH

3rd October...Love Zimbabwe, St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales, 12pm - 1pm

5th September...ZimFest, Prince Georges Playing Fields, London

22nd August…Pontadawe Festival, Wales

14th August...St Georges Square, Luton

6th July - 9th August...Kudaushe Matimba - Euro tour with Chiwoniso Maraire

4th July…Private, Kent

14th June...Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Kudaushe Matimba)

23rd May…Off The Tracks Festival, Donnington, Derbyshire

22nd May…Selby Town Hall, Selby, North Yorkshire

2nd May…Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln

3rd April…Brussels, Belgium (Kudaushe Matimba/Chiwoniso Maraire)

2nd April…Brussels, Belgium (Kudaushe Matimba/Chiwoniso Maraire)

31st March…Amsterdam, Netherlands (Kudaushe Matimba/Chiwoniso Maraire)

14th March…The Shire Hall, Howden, East Yorkshire

6th March…Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria

3rd March…Music Freedom Day, Concert Hall, Stockholm, Sweden ( Kudaushe Matimba/Chiwoniso Maraire)


12th December 11:45pm - 1am…Passing Clouds, Dalston, London

12th December 9:30pm - 10:45pm…SOAS, Russell Square, London

28th November…The New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk

8th November…Brussels, Belgium (Matimba solo)

7th November…Le Zebre, Paris, France (Matimba/Chiwoniso Maraire)

6th November…Melkweg, Amsterdam (Matimba/Chiwoniso Maraire)

4th November…Momo, London (Matimba/Chiwoniso Maraire)

1st November… Herdecke, Germany (Matimba/Chiwoniso Maraire)

30th October…Afrique Melody, Lucorum, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

18th October…SOAS, London

9th October…The New Art Gallery, Walsall, West Midlands

30th August…ZimFest, Prince Georges Playing Fields, Raynes Park, London

2nd August…Riverside Festival, Victoria Embankment, Nottingham

31st July…Battersea Barge, Tideway Walk, Nine Elms Lane, London

30th July…Favela Chic, 91 - 93 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London

13th July…The Music Village Festival, Hyde Park, London

11th July…Secousse, Notting Hill Arts Club, Notting Hill Gate, London

22nd June…Solo mbira, NNLS, London

21st June…Gig in the Park, Queens Gardens, Hull

17 - 20 June…ZimbaMarimba Summer Camp, Varberg, Sweden

14th June…The Gate Theatre, Dunhill Road, Goole

29th May…Project Zimbabwe, Walkabout, London

23rd May…Territorios Sevilla, Spain

23rd February…Greenwich, London

7th February…MAC, Birmingham. Africa Acoustic Duo featuring Kudaushe Matimba & Kadialy Kouyate

11th January…Secousse, Notting Hill Arts Club, 12 Notting Hill Gate, London



Harare Arts is a cultural arts organisation that stimulates awareness and understanding of African music and cultures, particularly the music and culture of Zimbabwe through arts workshops, using a variety of African musical instruments such as mbira (thumb piano), marimba (wooden xylophone), ngoma/jembe. Our innovative workshops promote cultural awareness in a participatory, collective, fun and creativity promoting manner.

With the aid of clear and simple facilitation, participants will get the opportunity to play different musical instruments and learn dances and songs from different parts of Africa, exploring their social functions/relevance.

In every workshop everyone, regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, anyone from any background can and does become involved. We cover areas of the curriculum such as Citizenship, Music and Physical Education. Workshops are suitable for both primary and secondary schools, arts centres, theatres and festivals.

For more details, please contact us via our information points below.


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Telephone: +44(0)7934 035079