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.
New EP TANAKA is available on - Itunes Store/CD Baby