Legendary Zambian outfit WITCH subject of new documentary

Following a sold out European tour and Boiler Room session for 1970’s Zamrock pioneers W.I.T.C.H (We Intend to Cause Havoc), a film company prepare to go into final stages of production and are reaching out to fans to help them with their crowdfunding campaign.

WITCH 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.

 

W.I.T.C.H have just returned from their first ever European tour (a mammoth event considering the band released their first ever record ‘Introduction’ 45 years ago) with sell out shows and dancing crowds in in Amsterdam, London and Paris amongst others giving Zamrock, the music of the WITCH and Jagari Chanda, a new life beyond their original time and place.

A film crew was there to capture this renaissance in all its glory, and have now wrapped the shooting of the documentary. As interest from International film festivals begins to take hold, the success of a crowdfunding campaign is now crucial to allow an independently produced first cut of the film which will allow this unique cultural and historical movement to find audiences across the globe.

Largely unknown outside of their home country, WITCH finally got the exposure they deserved when Now Again Records reissued their entire discography in 2012. This allowed lead singer Jagari Chanda to play outside Africa for the first time and for a new generation of fans to discover his music. In 2016 he began collaboration with Dutch musicians Jacco Gardner and Nic Mauskoviç and in September 2017 WITCH dramatically found enthused audiences young and old across Europe.

You can support the film crowdfunding here.

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