Comrade Fatso

Comrade Fatso – Mon, 28 September – 1.15 – 2 p.m. – at the WALL

Samm Farai Monro, better known as Comrade Fatso, is one of the most

explosive and controversial acts in Southern Africa today. Comrade

Fatso calls his poetry Toyi Toyi Poetry, radical street poetry that mixes

Shona with English and electrifying guitars with mbira and pulsating hip hop. It’s a riotous new music that is an uprising against oppression.

2008 saw Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka launch their much-acclaimed album, House of Hunger, banned in Zimbabwe but praised internationally labeled:

  • Ø ‘undeniably alluring’ (Globe and Mail, Canada)
  • ‘irresistably danceable’ **** (Songlines Magazine, UK)
  • ‘the most revolutionary album since Thomas Mapfumo’s music in the 1970’s’ (Agence France Presse)
  • Ø ‘House of Hunger is a gloriously crafted bit of afrobeat, a place where guitar, funk brass and mbira come together in the cause of righteousness’ **** (New Internationalist Magazine, UK)
  • Ø ‘Fantastic’ (BBC Radio 3, UK)

 House of Hunger is now on sale through different record labels in Europe and the USA. Fatso and Chabvondoka have performed extensively, having been invited to perform their riotous music at festivals in the USA, France, the UK, Portugal, Holland, Reunion, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland, South Africa and, of course, Zimbabwe. Fatso’s poetry and music have appeared in print and broadcast media in over fifty countries around the world. At just 28 years old his poetry is already being studied at universities in the UK and South Africa.

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 Contact: Samm Farai Monro


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