WITCH playing first ever UK gigs & Documentary
WITCH playing first ever UK gigs & Documentary on lead singer Emmanuel “Jagari” Chanda enters final stages of production.
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Emmanuel “Jagari” Chanda, lead singer and last surviving original member of legendary Zambian Garage Psych Rock band WITCH will be performing at Moth Club in London on September 22nd and at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia on September 23rd 2017. Joining him onstage to play songs from their 5 album catalog will be Jacco Gardner on bass, Jay Whitefield (Whitefield Brothers, Poets of Rhythm) on lead guitar, Patrick Mwondela (“Disco” WITCH) on keys, Nic Mauskoviç (Jacco Gardner Band, Eerie Wanda, The Mauskoviç Dance Band, Altin Gün) on drums and Stefan Lilov (L’Eclair) on rhythm guitar.
This will be Jagari’s first time performing in the UK.
WITCH were the most popular Zambian rock band of the 1970s. Fusing influences that ranged from the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple as well as traditional African rhythms, they spearheaded a new genre dubbed Zamrock. Releasing the first Zambian pop album in 1973, followed by another four until 1978, WITCH dominated the Zambian charts. Largely unknown outside their home country, they finally got the exposure they deserved when Now Again Records reissued their whole catalog in 2012. Jagari has since played outside Africa and began a collaboration with Jacco Gardner in 2016 which will be showcased in this 2017 UK tour.
We Intend To Cause Havoc is a feature length documentary on the life and times of Emmanuel “Jagari” Chanda, lead singer of the most popular Zambian rock band of the 1970’s, WITCH.
At the peak of their popularity, the band often needed police to keep fans at bay while Jagari, whose name is an Africanisation of Mick Jagger’s, riled up crowds by stage diving from balconies and dancing manically to the WITCH’s blend of Psychedelic Rock and African rhythms. Today a man in his 60’s, Jagari spends his time mining gemstones in Zambia hoping to strike it rich – until very recently, his music just a nostalgic memory of youth.
The film has been in production for the past 30 months, during which Director Gio Arlotta has visited Zambia three times together with Cinematographer Tim Spreng in order to document Jagari’s life, the country and the Zamrock scene. The film is slated for a 2018 release date and has been a co production between Prague based Pantheon Pictures and IS YOUR CLAM IN A JAM?