Zambian legends, WITCH hit Future Yard this week. They are an an acronym for We Intend To Cause Havoc. They managed it. A magnificent gig from Africa Oyé.
Africa Oyé doesn’t just do the June thing in the park. They keep busy during the year and the chance to catch WITCH at Future Yard was special.
Led by the charismatic Jagari Chanda and supported by Dutch musicians Jacco Gardner and Nic Mauskovic, W.I.T.C.H is a force of nature; a fireball of psychedelic rock underpinned by African rhythms that took Zambia by storm in the 1970s.
In the early 2010s, record-crate diggers “re-discovered” W.I.T.C.H but could find almost no information about the group, and so set out to find the band. What followed is documented in We Intend to Cause Havoc (2019), a documentary about finding the only two living members: Chanda, the lead vocalist during the Zamrock period; and Patrick Mwondela, the keyboardist during the disco period. This documentary, as well as reissues of the band’s catalog, sparked interest from fans all over the world—and W.I.T.C.H. are now back on tour.
The brilliant Mondo Trasho were an ace opening. Life brings lemons. And this was a proper dose.