Infecting the City 2012
Music Gems - Madzishe

A Zimbabwean quartet inspired by Oliver Mutukudzi


Fri 25 at 13H15


Music Gem Stage, Festival Hub

Madzishe means ‘kings’, and these Zimbabwean musos are indeed inspired by one of the monarchs of African music, Oliver Mutukudzi.

Musa Antonio, the band’s frontman, says their sound is a fusion of Chimurenga and laid-back jazz. ‘Playing this Festival is a great privilege for us,’ he says. ‘We want Cape Town people to feel the heart of Zimbabwe.’ The heart-felt harmonies of the three singers soar over the bubbling melodies of mbira – the famous Zimbabwean thumb piano – guitar, bass and drums.

Formed in 2008, Madzishe has been playing the restaurant circuit, gradually establishing a local following.