Comrade Fatso is one of Zimbabwe’s most pioneering spoken word artists. His poetry is street, urban, hip hop and African and is studied at universities all over the world including the USA, the UK, South Africa, Germany, Denmark and France. His poetry has been published in Barbados, Germany and Holland. A powerful performer, he is also in high demand as a host due to his quick wit and ease on stage.
Comrade Fatso and his band Chabvondoka are an explosive, genre-busting, insurgent act that defies musical boxes. This multi-racial African band seamlessly blends sounds as diverse as rock, hip hop, chimurenga, jiti, kwaito and reggae.
The band’s debut album House of Hunger was praised internationally but banned in Zimbabwe due to its ‘political content’. They have performed extensively throughout Europe, USA, Caribbean and Africa and in 2010 performed at one of Europe’s biggest Festivals, the prestigious Exit Festival. The year ended on a high note with their inclusion in Discograph's Africa 50 Years Of Music, a compilation of the best African music from the last 50 years.
In 2011 Comrade Fatso & Chabvondoka toured Europe once again with the highlights being headlining the Uppsala International Poetry Festival, Sweden, alongside Saul Williams and a month long tour of Denmark. December saw the release of the bands latest single Korokoza, which received this review from US radio station WRIR “This is socially conscious, musically sophisticated rap at its finest, the kind of thing you just don’t hear enough of these days.”
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‘Undeniably alluring’ (Globe and Mail, Canada)
‘Irresistably danceable’ **** (Songlines Magazine, UK)
‘A powerful artist.. A ground-breaking album’ (Voice of America, USA)
‘The most revolutionary album since Thomas Mapfumo's music in the 1970’s’ (Agence France Presse)
‘House of Hunger is a gloriously crafted bit of afrobeat, a place where guitar, funk brass and mbira come together in the cause of righteousness’ **** (New Internationalist Magazine, UK)
‘Fantastic’ (BBC Radio 3, UK)