Studio Guest Doug Veitch / Rise Kagona & The Bhunda Boys Sun 5th May 16:00 with Gavin Paterson on ‘Whatever
Join Gavin Paterson on Sunday when his guests will be Doug Veitch and Rise Kagone from 4-6 pm
Champion Doug Veitch -The self-styled ‘King of Caledonian Swing’ rose to prominence in the mid 1980s. A favourite of John Peel, for whom he recorded two radio sessions. He holds the record for having most (six) consecutive NME singles of the week. His music was a ground-breaking polycultural mix, using elements from dub, reggae, country music and Scottish folk music, which foretold the cross cultural mixing more common in later years.
In 1985, he co-founded the label DiscAfrique which was one of the first world music labels in the United Kingdom, releasing records by The Bhundu Boys, Orchestre Baobab and The Four Brothers amongst others.
He has reunited with Bhundu Boys guitarist Rise Kagona under the name Culture Clash. Unusually Veitch sings the songs in Shona rather than his native tongue. The duo released the album Tanzwa Neku Tambura: We’ve Suffered Enough in 2007.
His final gig as Champion Doug will be at the Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh on 17th May.
Rise Kagona & The Bhundu Boys – The Bhundu Boys were a Zimbabwean band that played a mixture of chimurenga music with American rock and roll, disco, country, and pop influences. DJ Andy Kershaw said that at the height of their magical powers they were “…the single most natural, effortless, catchy pop band I’ve ever heard” They attracted the attention of Owen Elias and his colleague, musician Champion Doug Veitch, who released an EP by the band in the UK under licence from Shed Studios in 1985. After touring the UK for a year, basing themselves initially in Hawick and travelling relentlessly, the band appeared to be on the brink of a major commercial breakthrough. They were feted by Eric Clapton and Elvis Costello and Madonna asked them to be her support act at Wembley Stadium in 1987.