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Image © 2013 Philippa Ryan

Image © 2013 Philippa Ryan

Originating from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Chris Gudu instills the authentic and irresistible sounds of township jive to the ears, feet and hands of his listeners - in other words, you can’t help but dance!!

Born into a musical family, Gudu has an intimate knowledge of his instruments. Building his guitars and drums by hand from a tender age, his talent developed by playing at the rituals and ceremonies of his homeland. Participating in many choirs growing up, Gudu became a seasoned singer of the Umbaqanga style.

Former lead singer and bass player of the groups Jive Kayana and Matonto, Gudu has made waves at festivals and continually sold out venues around the globe. He has shared the stage with esteemed musicians and big names such as Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mapfumo.

These up-tempo and exuberant polyrhythmic compositions of the Umbaqanga will leave the audience feeling high and exhilarated.  You will be transported to the streets and shebeens of Southern Africa as Gudu delivers this highly charged and energetic performance.


(His) Jive tunes are so catchy, the rhythms so infectious that at one of Chris Gudu’s concerts some of the most austere monks could not resist joining the crowd and dancing along.
— Bertrand Tungandame SBS, Nov 2102

The Chris Gudu band was hand-picked by the Virgin management to perform for guests on the very first V-Australia flight to Johannesburg from Melbourne. They performed for VIP guests and paying passengers on the rare but special gig for the group.
— MISA, The Zimbabwean 2010