Chris Gudu

Chris Gudu


Inherently rich with deep and frictionless bass tones; gilded with bright, warm melodic architectures, Gudu forges the influences of jazz and blues with a lifelong Zulu heritage of which he vitalizes the listener and draws them in to a genuine experienceof the Township Jive and dance of the Umbaqanga.Originating from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Chris Gudu brings 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!!


Chris Kayana Gudu hails from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where he grew up not only playing musical instruments and singing with his family, but also crafting the instruments - namely guitars and drums
He readily switches between drums and bass. Such is his versatility.

Chris has performed with some leading world artists including:
- Touring Australia and New Zealand with Hugh Masekala
- Playing drums for the late Brian Sibalo
- Bass for Afro soul group Wells Fargo in Zimbabwe
- Touring with Maluju and Thuza (South Africa) as support with Matonto across the United Kingdom
- Sharing the stage with Angelique Kidjo and Vusi Mahlasela
- Being hand-picked by the Virgin management to perform for VIP guests on the very first Virgin Australia flight to Johannesburg from Melbourne.

Chris has also performed at prestigious and iconic venues such as The Sydney Opera House, The Basement, Sydney and Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.

His up tempo and exuberant music is what is often referred to as “Township Jive Music” and is better known in Southern Africa as Umbaqanga music which sometimes presents a touch of Afro jazz.
Umbaqanga music originates from the streets and shebeens of Soweto, spreading all through and across Southern Africa.

Describing his style of music, Chris says “When you listen to the music, it doesn’t tell you to sit down and listen- it tells you to get up and dance!

Chris is an exhilarating and passionate performer and as you will hear on his latest CD Imnandi, his quality is ever present.

In Zimbabwe, Chris was witness to changes from white minority rule to independence to more recently socio-economic catastrophe. Although he is now based in Australia, Chris still maintains close ties with his home country Zimbabwe.
He has had several number one hits with in Zimbabwe with Matonto, a band formed with brother Calvin Gudu.
His home grown sound really states the origin of his music.

His songs have many messages including that of peace. Peace for the world.... peace for Zimbabwe. There is no political motivation for his message, just a gentle raising of awareness amidst powerful rhythms.
Experience the exhilarating, passionate and powerful rhythms of Zimbabwe!

The Chris Gudu band features a line-up of highly talented and experienced musicians who perform with as much passion and dedication as the man himself.

The band is comprised of:

Michael Coggins – Music Director and lead guitar
BMus – ANU, 2004
Michael has worked with many leading African, Reggae, Jazz and Soul artists, such as Chris Gudu, Gervais Koffi and the African Diaspora, Afro Moses, Darren Percival, Pat Powell, The 10 Guitar Project, Dr Feel good, Soul Motel, and many more. He has
Michael has also toured extensively, both within Australia and internationally including trips to South Africa, New Zealand and East Timor.

Ryan Tawhai Baker
Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Bachelor of Arts Contemporary Music AIM

Andrew Morris

Jasper Sardokee
BMus Wesley Institute

• Fela Kuti

• Hugh Masekela

• Oliver Mtukudzi

• Cesaria Evora

• Miriam Makeba

• Robert Cray

• Buddy Guy


Imnandi - 2011

Bavimbeni - 2007

Rhythm of the Brave (Jive Kayana) - 2002

Set List

1. Africa shawura
2. Zwisina mhosva
3. Walinda
4. Wairimo
5. Faka mo joos
6. Ketame
7. Kk (khanda khulu)
8. Thula sizwe
9. Juba juba
10. Muhle nje
11. Pretty baby
12. Solala sigida
13. Yoowi yoowi
14. Asimo/manyano
15. Ngizimisele
16. Mhuri ye zimbabwe