Welcome to Rhodie Music

Welcome to Rhodie Music website – collecting and saving your memories since 1998!!

This site has been developed as an archive and data base, primarily, but not exclusively, for the documenting of all activities relating to Rhodesian music from 1890 – 1980.  The initial emphasis was on the years 1950 – 1980, however, the scope has been expanded beyond this era.  To this end, this is also a Zimbabwe contemporary music section, too.  The search is constantly on for undocumented bands and musicians, or additional information about those who already appear.  If you have a story, recollection, anecdote or memory to share, please do not hesitate to drop an email to:  rhodiemusic@gmail.com

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You should find all your favourite bands and musicians right here, from the Cyclones, the Short Circuit Guavas, Holy Black, Otis Waygood Blues Band, Lincoln and the Collection to Alan Garrity, David Scobie,  and Glenn Irving.   Or maybe you’d just like to pop into your old haunts like Le Coq d’Or?  Use the SEARCH panel at the top of the page to find your favourites.

Those of us who are over the age of 60 are the last generation who bore witness to the incredible talents and skills of our musical fraternity during the final decades of Rhodesia – the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  It is important to future generations, researchers and musicologists that the vibrant, innovative, influential and important legacy of our country’s history – bursting with talent – is comprehensively, and properly, documented and stored.  Sadly, many of those who have contributed content to the site, or are featured, have left us and gone to greener pastures.  Their contributions to this site, as well as the broader Rhodie Music genre, will never be forgotten.  Email address:  rhodiemusic@gmail.com

So, this is a renewed appeal to  anyone who participated in the era, be it as a musician, sound engineer, disco operator, go-go dancer, cabaret artist, roadie, dance floor icon, journalist, television or radio presenter or audience member to please share your knowledge, experiences, stories, photographs and memorabilia with the site administrator at rhodiemusic@gmail.com

You will find links throughout the site to YouTube, and other recordings of Rhodie and/or Zimbabwe bands and musicians in action.  Rhodie Music is also represented in various Facebook groups and pages, including:

In addition to this, two Soundcloud groups have been set up so that you can enjoy original recordings of many of our favourite bands.  It has taken many hours of research and listening by a small, dedicated, group of individuals to find many of these recordings. The links are as follows:

Rhodie Music

Beverley Rocks Folk Music

The site is run purely for recreational and research purposes – it does not carry advertising and all content has been contributed without charge or fee.  The site administrator carries the costs, such as they exist.  If content is copied from this site, please acknowledge the source in whatever future use it is put to.

Tips for using this site:

  • On the home page you fill find tabs with different labels (Bands, Solo Artists etc) – click on the tab you’d like to follow;
  • If you are looking for a specific artist, band or event use the SEARCH panel on the right hand side of the page above the most popular topics;
  • When looking for bands, drop the prefix “The”.  In other words, if you are looking for the Drifters, just put Drifters into the search panel.

The vast majority of content on this site has been contributed by the artists themselves. Where other sources have been resorted to, permission has been obtained for such use and the appropriate acknowledgements appear on the site.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SITE IS NOT A MUSIC VENDOR. WE DO NOT SELL, EXCHANGE OR COPY MUSIC! IF YOU ARE SEEKING MUSIC RELATED TO THIS TOPIC, PLEASE VISIT OUR SHOP PAGES WHERE GUIDANCE WILL BE PROVIDED ON WHERE THIS MATERIAL CAN BE PURCHASED.  IN ADDITION TO THIS, THE SITE ADMINISTRATOR DOES NOT SUPPLY LYRICS OR CHORDS FOR SONGS.  THESE SHOULD BE OBTAINED FROM THE RELEVANT PUBLISHING HOUSES, MUSIC WEBSITES, SHOPS OR THE ARTISTS THEMSELVES.  

All material posted on this site is done so in good faith.  Whilst every effort is made to verify content before it is posted, there is a possibility that inaccuracies may occur on occasion.  The site administrator does not accept any responsibility for these errors. If you are aware of, or detect any such blemishes, please contact the site administrator at your earliest convenience at rhodiemusic@gmail.com