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August 18, 2023

We Intend To Cause Havoc

By: Laurie Gallardo

As if WITCH weren’t already badass enough, the band’s name is an acronym for We Intend To Cause Havoc. A dream come true. And they did cause havoc in the best way possible, at the forefront of an early ’70s Zambian movement known as Zamrock, mixing traditional African sounds with psych, soul, funk and rock. WITCH practically owned it with their 1972 debut LP, Introduction. However, as the “golden days” of Zambia’s liberation began to wane, and economic collapse and increasing authoritarianism took hold, WITCH had faded into obscurity by the ’80s.

But there’s no way that fire could be extinguished. Following Now-Again Records‘ reissues of the band’s records in the early 2010s, igniting a renewed interest Zamrock’s history and sound, WITCH founding member/vocalist Emmanuel “Jagari” Chanda relaunched the band with a new line-up and recorded Zango, their first album in nearly 40 years.

Roll out the red carpet for this musical royalty. WITCH is in Austin tonight, Friday Aug. 18, for a show at The Far Out Lounge and Stage. Doors at 7 p.m., and the line-up features experimental artist Metius, and Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.