“Flying Bantu” is a musical act from right underneath the magical spray of the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Their versatile sound embodies various flavours and boldly expresses an Afro: Rock/Reggae/Funk/Jazz mix which can best be described as “Afro Fusion”. Between 2016 and early 2018, the five piece act recorded a five track EP (”Cruising Attitude”, 2017) and a thieir debut, ten track album “Ceasefire” Released in March 2019.
In their short career as a touring act, they have managed to perform at various festivals with the biggest to date being South Africa’s Rocking the Daisies where they have appeared in 2016 and 2017 back-to-back, and Splashy Fen in April 2019.
Way back in November 2017, Flying Bantu were selected to open the stage for the late Zimbabwean legend Oliver Mtukudzi, who performed for jubilant crowds at the icon’s 65th birthday concert at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. This marked a defining moment of international recognition from a regional audience which has spurred the band on to seek greater heights.
During the same year at Victoria Falls Carnival, they shared the stage with some big names such as MiCasa and Africa’s biggest electronic producer “Black Coffee”. Miombo Magic Music Festival, one of Zimbabwe’s bigger locally run festivals, saw the boys brush shoulders with some of Zimbabwe’s top acts, such as Sulumani Chimbetu, Ammara Brown and Hope Masike.
Flying Bantu are fast becoming a recurring feature on the regional African music scene, and this was echoed by their Main Stage performance at the 2018 Harare International Festival of The Arts (HIFA) at which powerhouses such as SA’s Lira and Freshly Ground also performed for the first time. Most recently in April 2019 the band made their first appearance at Splashy Fen Festival just outside of Durban, which is one of South Africa's largest and longest running music events. Shortly afterwards, the band stepped off the African continent for the first time when they were invited to showcase in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week 2019.
“Our hope is that we are a product whose reach transcends the borders set by culture, race, religion and even genre in a grand quest for a togetherness amongst citizens of the world. We are really trying our best to say something relevant in today’s world. We are expressing something born of a 21st century Africa which is culturally vulnerable, yet more assertive than the world might yet realise” - Flying Bantu