FARAI and the Forest Dawn are the exciting, multi-talented quintet that has emerged in the last couple of years, winning the hearts of fans who have fallen in love with their captivating melodic sounds, laced with a touch of Africa.
Comprised of Zimbabwe-born lead singer Farai Muvuti, guitarists Ailsa Shaw (Bass) and Charles Roper (Lead), keys player Jack Lonergan and drummer Tino Dube, the band have proved, for the last three years, that they are a force to be reckoned with.
In 2013, barely six months together as a band, they took the plunge and entered one of London’s biggest pop/rock competitions, Be on the Scene – Battle of the Bands, storming to victory mainly on their own compositions.
The band initially introduced themselves to the world through a handful of cover versions of Motown classics, and it was evident from the rich vocals and band arrangement that they were here to stay.
“They say home is where the heart is, and that is how we started in terms of sound, adding a touch of pop, jazz and African beats,” said Muvuti.
“We are all big fans of Motown as well, and we wanted our music to have an element of that and current pop themes.”
“We also wanted to infuse our sound with a touch of who we all are and show our appreciation of where we come from and what has influenced us,” Muvuti added.
The band has gone on to release a few singles, including All I Had and Beautiful, which have received rave reviews to date.
They have recently dropped their much-anticipated new single and music video, Til Death Do Us Part which is already creating a magnetic buzz on social media platforms and the music scene.
The feel-good love track, produced by Jonathan Morris (J-Fills) follows on from their successful hit Beautiful, released late last year.
And as the band prepare to embark on their Come Up Season (CUSP) Campaign, which is a series of concerts dubbed as the first artist-owned, independent platform for artists by artists, we caught up with lead vocalist Farai Muvuti to find out what band’s, and or solo artists inspire and influence their music.Advertisement
The first CUSP event is scheduled to take place on the 25th of August at the O2 Academy in Angel, Islington. The Come Up Season campaign will run throughout 2016 with additional dates to be announced later on in the year at O2 venues up and down the UK.
Tickets are still available. For more information, please visit: www.faraiandtheforestdawn.com.
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