Maputo, Cape Town and Dar es Salaam – the three cities that influenced the musical act John Wizards.
These are the places that bandleader and producer John Withers either travelled through or lived in and feels have had a marked influence on his musical output. They also happen to be cities in which Emmanuel Nzaramba, John Wizards' Rwandan singer has lived too.
Withers met Nzaramba while he was working as a car guard outside a coffee shop in Cape Town. Nzaramba noticed the guitar strapped to Withers' back, and they began to talk about music. Nzaramba had moved from Rwanda to Cape Town to become a musician, and Withers told him that he had been writing music requiring vocals. They didn't get around to recording that time – they lost contact when Nzaramba quit his job, lost his cellphone and moved to a new place.
A year later Withers moved house and had written some new songs when by chance he ran into Nzaramba again; they were living in the same street. Withers invited him to his place to listen to Reggae band The Congos. It turned out Withers didn't like them, but he did like some of the new songs John had written. He would listen to them once or twice, and start singing. The outcome of these evenings can be heard on their debut album.
Today, John, Emmanuel, Raphael, Jefurī Burinku, Tom and Alex perform together worldwide, translating these songs into live shows.