WITCH: We Intend To Cause Havoc (Music Documentary) – out 2 July

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    Katie Smith-Wong

    Discover the psychedelic sounds of rock superstars WITCH in a guided tour through their mud-hut village formation to superstardom in the politically turbulent Zambia of the 70s, and eventual re-discovery by contemporary music fans. WITCH: We Intend to Cause Havoc is a vibrant, joyous celebration of life and music.

    The film follows the 21st century formation of WITCH (We Intend To Cause Havoc) Zambia’s most popular rock band of the 1970s and leaders of the ground-breaking ‘Zamrock’ movement. Lead singer, Jagari, whose name is an Africanisation of Mick Jagger’s, guides us through the band’s awakening to the sounds of The Rolling Stones and the British Invasion bands of the 60s, which would see Jagari and the band develop their own unique blend of heavy psychedelic rock and African rhythms taking them to the pinnacle of Zambia’s music scene.

    After an arrest, prison sentence and religious conversion Jagari ends up leading the quiet life of a countryside quartz miner until a reunion and performances in front of adoring crowds on his first-ever European tour, 40 years after his last album was released.

    Soundtracked by WITCH’s distinctive sound, WITCH: We Intend to Cause Havoc features band members Emmanuel ‘Jagari’ Chanda, Patrick Mwondela, Victor Kasoma and Groovy Joe Kunda, along with young contemporary psychedelic musicians Jacco Gardner and Nik Mauskoviç, and is directed by Gio Arlotta.

    Date: Tuesday 29 June
    Time: 3.30pm start
    Duration: 89 mins
    Location: Soho Screening Rooms, Screen 3, 14 D’Arblay St, Soho, London W1F 8DY

    Screener links also available for review – please request.

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