John Chibadura (guitar)
Simon Chimbetu (guitar and vocals)
Michael Jambo (drums)
Ephraim Joe (guitar)
Moses Marasha (bass)
Never Moyo (lead guitar)
Bata Sinfirio (rhythm guitar)
System Tazvida (guitar and vocals)
The Sungura Boys are on of the many mid-80s acts to have dominated the Zimbabwean music
scene at one point or another. Formed in the late 70s during the independence struggle, the Sungura Boys rose to prominence in the 1980s. Their faced paced mix of rhumba and jit proved to be very popular, gaining them a national following and inclusion on many compilation albums. Although a current incarnation of the group continues to play shows, their star has faded considerably with both the wane in rhumba popularity and the inevitable personnel changes.
The Sungura Boys legacy truly lies not in its recordings, but in its former members. The band has produced a number of top class musucians. It is a cliche, but a list of former members truly reads like a "who's who" of Zimbabwean guitar pop. Possibly the most well-known, John Chibadura later rose to prominence as a solo act, becoming known as Mr Chitungwiza to the nation. Brothers Simon and Naison Chimbetu went on to form their own band, the Marxist Brothers, while both are currently pursuing solo careers. Michael Jambo went on to play with the Zimbabwe Cha Cha Kings and the Marunga Brothers. Ephraim Joe joined the Khiama Boys before striking out on his own. Last, and definitely not least, System Tazvida played with numerous groups, including the Khiama Boys, before hitting full-stride with his brother Peter in the Chazezesa Challengers. The Sungura Boys have proven to be a veritable breeding ground for musical talent.