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Chris Gudu and the Afro Pamoja at the Basement

  • The Basement 29 Reiby Pl Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

Global Sounds sees The Basement hold a mirror to Sydney’s vast pool of World Music talent. Join us over this 5 month Series as we take a trip around the Globe with some of the cities most culturally rich and highly danceable world music acts. From Africa to South America, Eastern Europe to Jamaica - we’re thrilled to present this dynamic and diverse series of shows. July 15th features the ever so groovy Chris Gudu, and Trio Mokili.
From Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Chris Gudu & Afro Pamoja bring the irresistible township jive rhythms to Australia and beyond.
The band has the musical and spiritual grooves from Chris Gudu's homeland where he grew up not only playing musical instruments and singing with his family, but actually making the instruments, namely guitars and drums.
Chris Gudu was the co-founder of Matonto, alongside his brother Calvin Gudu, and he is the former leader, bass man and lead singer of the group Jive Kayana, which during its days sold out concerts and created big waves at festivals. His up tempo and exuberant music is what is often referred to as "Township Jive Music" and is better known in Southern Africa as Umbaqanga music which sometimes presents a touch of Afro jazz. Umbaqanga music originates from the streets and shebeens of Southern Africa.
Chris Gudu was born into a musical family where he was exposed to a musical environment from a tender age, playing the African drum, singing in church choirs directed by his mother as well as featuring in school choirs and a lot of talent shows from primary to high school. He continues to leap from strength to strength as his music gets more and more attention from media and the fans at large.
There is always the unmistakable and unique magic when Chris Gudu & Afro Pamoja take to the stage. Their unparalleled performance has the richness of that unique and powerful soothing yet exuberant, exhilarating and 'get up and dance' kind of rhythms. Afro Pamoja comprises some of well respected and sought after talented and well trained musicians who always leave the audience wanting more and more. If you have seen this fine band on stage before you know for sure that you are bracing yourself for another awesome treat. "Completely and utterly out of this world" - The Chronicle
"The Chris Gudu performance is worth experiencing, not just once but over and over again" - The ABC.
As well as enjoying the success of his own concerts Chris Gudu & Afro Pamoja have toured and shared the stage with some of Africa's greatest legends such as Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Thomas Mapfumo and more.
Definitely a dance night not to be missed!


Earlier Event: July 11
Keyim Ba at 505
Later Event: July 16
The Subterraneans at 505