On September 1, Red Bull Music Festival Moscow 2019 will conclude its program at Strelka with the concert of a legendary Zambian band of the 70s W.I.T.C.H., with the participation of one of the most important representatives of the new Dutch music scene Jacco Gardner.
After doing cover versions of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, W.I.T.C.H. gradually developed their own style, establishing an independent music genre – Zambian rock. In the mid-1970s, the band was very popular in Zambia, leading national charts and gathering stadiums, and its frontman Emmanuel Chanda received his nicknamed “Jagari” for being a “rock and roll devil” on stage, just like Mick Jagger. The second wave of fame came to W.I.T.C.H. in the new century through vinyl diggers — an U.S. label Now Again Records re-released their back catalog, giving the group a new birthday.
The story of the band caught the attention of a film director Gio Arlotta, who eventually made a documentary about the band titled “We Intend To Cause Havoc,” which became incredibly popular in their own country, but couldn’t go on tour outside of Zambia due to lack of money. Gio Arlotta delegated composing the soundtrack to his friend Jacco Gardner — a young Dutch multi-instrumentalist and an admirer of psychedelia of the 60s. In search of the material for the soundtrack, the musician traveled to Zambia and met with the soloist of W.I.T.C.H. Emmanuel «Jaggari» Chanda — one of the two members of the original crew still left alive, who at that time had already quit music, burned all his records at the request of his priest wife, and went into the business of mining precious stones in the hope of becoming rich. Jacco was so impressed by the acquaintance with the legend and Zambian rock music that he decided to revive W.I.T.C.H. with Emmanuel Chanda as the leader, join the band himself as the bass player, invite his musician friends, and bring their music to the European audience.
One of the first performances of the new W.I.T.C.H. band was held in the capital of Zambia, Lusaka. After that, Jacco spent three years with the band, performing in Europe and Africa — according to him, this time brought him the most magical emotions of his lifetime. Emmanuel Chanda started receiving invitations from major festivals and Boiler Room platform.
The final event of Red Bull Music Festival Moscow 2019 will include the Russian premiere of Gio Arlotta’s documentary “We Intend To Cause Havoc,” the soundtrack to which triggered the legendary band’s return to the stage, as well as the first performance of the Zambian legend in Moscow, with Jacco Gardner’s participation.
Strelka bar’s resident Valera Sputnik will open and close the evening with his extensive record collection, which he found in dusty attics and basements of Africa.