Zee Guveya's Heritage Survival Band

ZEE Guveya & the Heritage Survival Band are a group of exceptionally talented musicians originally from Zimbabwe’s capital Harare. Their particular style of Afro-­‐fusion draws on modern influences whilst upholding familiar traditional rhythms. Lead singer and guitarist Zivai ‘ZEE’ Guveya’s talent was first discovered at the age of fifteen when he began working with the legendary Thomas Mapfumo as a multi-­‐skilled musician playing the guitar, marimba, mbira and kongas. This early part of his career saw him record on five albums with touring throughout Africa, Europe and North America, before relocating to the UK and forming the HERITAGE Survival Band, a compelling, insistent dance band weaving shuffling and hypnotic upbeat ‘Chimurenga’ songs with fast-beat ‘Sungura’ music. With musicians who have worked with some of the great names of African music, the band are a music powerhouse.
Performances across the United Kingdom include Rich Mix 2014, Hootananny Brixton 2013, Bestival Isle of Wight (2013), Rhythmtree Festival Isle of Wight (2013), Luton Carnival Uk (2009 & 2013) Marlborough Jazz Festival, Wiltshire UK (2013& 2012), Kaya Festival, North Wales (2012), WOMAD Festival (2009), Ocean in London, Manchester Academy, Manchester Carnival and supporting the Nigerian musician Lagwaja at the ‘In The City’ trade fair in Manchester and backing South Africa’s Freddie Gwala at Platform One to mention a few. The band has shared the stage with Zola of South Africa in his 2005 and 2006 UK Tours and  some of the Heritage Survival Band members have worked with prominent musicians of Zimbabwe including with the late Andy Brown, Alick Macheso, the late Tongai Moyo, Ambuya Stella Chiweshe and Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mutukudzi.


Bandleader Zee says ‘all the Heritage Survival Band members have shown their light in Zimbabwe. The music we play brings out different skills and feels to the UK community. As we are settled in England, we have deemed it wise to share some Zimbabwean (Heritage) music with the locals. The music we play has been greatly influenced by the following musicians: Bob Marley, Jimmy Hendrix, Dr. Thomas Tafirenyika Mapfumo, Joshua Dube and Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mutudzi. We are working extremely hard to pass our message and good music to the people. We hope that our fans will enjoy the good music and performances we have got for them and continue to support us. We would welcome the opportunity to work and present to you and the audience the best music in the industry.’
“True African, Zimbabwean music. Lyrics, musical arrangement and video right on the money, it does not get any better than this” Zimbabwe Video Critic & Appreciation.
“A band who got the whole room moving -­‐ great quality and brilliant booking”-­‐ David Agnew, Director of The MET in Bury Manchester
“…it was crazy amazing it was outstanding, the outcome was just crazy, seriously even the crowd were very excited.” – Matilda Bvumbe CEO of House of Ella
“Fantastic, the energy was great and the female dancer was great as well, she brought a different vibe about the group”-­‐ Desmatt Matemura, of Desmatt Photography

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