WE INTEND TO CAUSE HAVOCOn Sunday, June 26th, We Intend to Cause Havoc will be hitting the stage at @brouwerijwest. They will be joined by Michael Rault and L’Éclair for what is going to be an epic show.
W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend To Cause Havoc) were the biggest rock band in Zambia in the 1970s and spearheaded a new genre dubbed Zamrock, fusing influences that ranged from the Rolling Stones to Black Sabbath and James Brown and mixing them with traditional African rhythms and bush village songs. 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 by stage diving from balconies and dancing manically as the WITCH’s blend of psychedelic rock and African rhythms permeated the surrounding atmosphere.
Jagari and keyboardist Patrick Mwondela are the surviving original members of the band. As Zambia’s economy stagnated and the country buckled under the AIDS crisis, WITCH fell apart. Jagari retreated to a life of quasi-anonymity as a university music professor before being wrongfully arrested during Zambia’s toughest hour. Last decade, now in his 60s, he had been spending his time mining gemstones hoping to strike it rich, until very recently the band being just a nostalgic memory of his youth.
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