In memory of Sunduza’s Sam Banda

Sunduza Boys

ARTISTES in the city have come together to produce a collaboration of 12 songs to remember the life of the late Simon Banda, one of the founders of Sunduza Boys.


Of the 12-tracks, three are renditions of songs that Sam, as he was affectionately known, produced during his heydays with the world-acclaimed Sunduza Boys.

The collaboration titled Shine like a Rainbow features seasoned artistes such as Jeys Marabini, Willis Wattaffi, Desire Moyo, Albert Nyathi and Janet Wood.

The compilation features the son of the late musician, Charles Banda, who does the lead vocals in some of the tracks.
The project received funding from Janet Wood and was recorded in Bulawayo.

The album will be taken to Europe for mixing and mastering.

Wood said the reason for the collaboration was to honour Banda because he played a very big role in marketing imbube to the world.

“Sam played a big role in marketing imbube to international audiences and most people in the United Kingdom miss him because of the work he did. As artistes, we decided to do this collaboration to honour the good works that he did for us,” she said.

Wood wished to see surviving members of Sunduza Boys continue with the legacy of Sam.

Banda died last year after a short illness. He was one of the city’s most decorated imbube artistes.