Comrade Chinx (B: Dick Chingaira Makoni; vocals)
Andy Brown (guitar, vocals)
Busi Ncube (vocals, percussion)
Don Gumbo (bass)
Keith Farquharson (keyboards)
Gibson Batishta (drums)
Adam Chisvo (percussion)
Munya Brown, Gibson Nyomi, and Virgillio Ignacia
Ilanga formed in 1986, fronted by singer Comrade
Chinx and and guitarist Andy Brown, formerly of the band Rusike. Although only together for three years, Ilanga left an an impact on the Zimbabwean scene. Mixing Shona and Ndebele rythms with Western and Zimbabwean sounds proved a hit. Ilanga produced two albums, with their crowning moment being their participation in the 1988 Human Rights Concert in Harare which featured such superstars as Tracy Chapman, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour, and the Bhundu Boys. Hit songs included True Love and Shosholoza.
Eventually, cracks formed under conflict between guitarist Don Gumbo and lead singer Andy Brown. When Andy Brown left to form his own band in 1989, the Storm, Ilanga continued playing with Busi Ncube as their main vocalist. The 1989 release Women of Africa: Busi Ncube was recorded with Ilanga backing her up. However, the band has since disbanded. Andy Brown and the Storm have found success at home and abroad, while former bassist Keith Farquharson went on to be musical director of the acclaimed Zimbabwean film Everyone's Child. Chinx pursued a multitude of career options. Shortly after leaving Ilanga he pursued a solo career. He has also acted in films (1996's Flame), as well as writing the score for the 1989 South African documentary Limpopo Line. Backed by the Police Band, he has recently performed and recorded songs for the Zimbabwean government, becoming part of the Mugabe propaganda campaign along with former bandmate Andy Brown.
Plans were announced to re-form the group, without Gumbo and Farquharson, in November 2003.