Playing Music In The UK

In 2002 he moved to live and work in London, United Kingdom. One of the pieces of his luggage was his acoustic guitar. In the UK, he would jam with a South African friend who was learning how to play a trumpet. Later, he placed an Ad online looking for people to form a band with. His first big break happened in 2005 when he was invited by the UK’s Green Party to perform at their Annual Fundraising Event. This time he still had no band to play with. He was introduced to Dominic Angadi whom he asked to join him and they performed as a duo at this event. That was the beginning of the realisation of the life-long ambition to pursue music. The performance was such a success and the duo were a regular feature at the Green Party’s Fundraising events. The duo also found themselves performing at the hub UK live music scene, The Green Note in Camden Town and also at Eric Soul’s Afrogroov event at The Ritzy in Brixton. Sadly, the duo did not last long due to differing commitments and met Sam McGowan and Thierry Deneux at the studio while recording his first demo in 2006. Sam and Thierry immediately fell in love with Mphuzi sounds and decided to join his band. That demo was used as a marketing tool to source out gigs and events around the UK and abroad.

In 2006 he increased his band composition with Sam McGowan on lead guitar, Keith Miller on the second guitar, the late Steve Bullen on bass guitar and Thierry Deneux on drums and percussions. Together they performed at pubs and bars around London including the Nottingham Live Music Festival in 2007. In the same year Mphuzi and his band, which he called Pamoja (Swahili for togetherness) supported Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits at a festival at Chepstow, in Wales. They also performed at Kingston Carnival in London. Sutchara Baton joined the band as the backing vocalist alongside Keith Miller who doubled up as a backing vocalist and second guitarist. Steve Bullen was later replaced by Dave Auguste on bass, Barry Wright also played lead guitar at some point and Kenny Chitsvatsva (former Bundu Boys drummer) played drums from time to time in the absence of Thierry Deneux.

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