Robson Banda and the New Black Eagles have not become as famous as Thomas Mapfumo,
the Bhundu Boys or the Four Brothers, yet they deserve the same acclaim. Reconciliating
the up-tempo Jit with the more intimate and traditional Chimurenga
music developed during the liberation struggle of Zimbabwe, Robson sings as if he stands before a church
audience. Yet, the music is up-tempo and played with precision, and, although with minimal instrumentation, a
detailed reconstruction of Mbira lines.
Robson Banda, born in Zambia, is no longer among us. Several band members have died as well.
Only remaining member of the New Black Eagles, guitar player John Chivere, is said to try
to bring together the New Black Eagles with new musicians.
The New Black Eagles:
Robson Banda (died 1998) vocals, guitar
Job Mteswa (died 1996) rhythm guitar
Biggie Banda (Robson's brother, died 2000) drums, vocals
John Phiri lead guitar, vocals
John Chivere guitar
Daniel Zande (died 1998) bass
Robson Banda & the New Black Eagles