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The Four Brothers – Ndinvumbamireiwo (1996)

A wonderfully relentless guitar underpins this classic single from Zimbabwe’s finest.

The Four Brothers formed originally in the Rhodesian days of 1977 and were long championed by the late, great, John Peel for whom they recorded four radio sessions for his show between 1988 and 2000 (details here). The band played at Peel’s surprise 50th birthday party at his home and he selected ‘Pasi Pano Pane Zviedzo’ as one of his favourite records of all time on the radio show Desert Island Discs in 1990 (recording of the programme available here). Peel is often quoted as describing the Four Brothers as “..the best live band in the world”.

Wikipedia notes that, in 1997, founder member Marshall Munhumumwe suffered a stroke, following a car crash. He was unable to continue to perform with the band and was replaced by Albert Ruwizhi. Munhumumwe died in 2001 at the age of 49 and the following year bass guitarist Never Mutare died. Finally, the last surviving member, Frank Sibanda died peacefully in December 2010.

Rather like The Ramones, The Four Brothers were not actually brothers.

 

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