"Bavimbeni" - Chris Kayana Gudu

Chris Kayana Gudu
Chris and the band
It's all about the journey. Photographer: Alison Donagh
  • artist:Chris Kayana Gudu
  • featured artist:Chris Kayana Gudu
  • region:Southern Africa
  • release year:2006
  • style(s):Afro
  • country:Australia
  • formats:CD (Compact Disc),
  • record submitted by:Christopher Gudu (Bigg Love Inc)
  • label:Hardrush Music
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Chris Gudu hails from Zimbabwe and has considerable experience performing internationally with international South African and Zimbabwean artists.

Late of Jive Kayana, Chris has branched out on his own on this latest release. He not only wrote, composed and arranged all 10 songs but also sings, pops in some nifty DJ toasts and plays all the instruments himself….percussion, bass, guitar and keyboards.

Sticking basically to the township jive sound there are lots of infectious melodies and beats, spiced here and there with touches of jazzy Afrobeat or smatterings of reggae. Bavimbeni is a more assured effort than Jive Kayana and Chris deserves to be commended for the engaging organic feel that pervades the whole disc, belying the obvious feat of dubbing it all together.

Chris performs every part well and more importantly with a deep knowledge of how it all works. All the pieces on this local release flow along with a naturalness and warmth that should appeal to more than just African music fans.