With access to a state of the art recording studio in Harare, WITCH produced two exquisite albums in the early 1980s. Appearing in 1980, Movin’ On was preceded by the single “My Desire,” which featured new member Christine Jackson on lead vocals. With an upfront funky bass-line, falsetto backing vocals, swirling synths and tight horns, it was a searing hot disco offering that made no bones about the fact that the WITCH was ready to get down. Composer/vocalist Stanford Tembo’s mid-tempo burner “You Are My Sunshine” was the perfect fit for the flip.
Documenting the band’s drift from disco into boogie, WITCH’s final album Kuomboka was released in 1983 without an accompanying single. New lead vocalist Patrick Chisembele injected youthful energy and a modern soul edge, most notably on “Erotic Delight” with its crisp drums, slinky keys and intoxicating bass groove. Pop reggae was also within the album’s stylistic purview by way of the closer “Jah Let the Sunshine” as well as “Change of a Feeling,” the flip side of a recently discovered single that wasn’t originally released.
Mastered from the original analog tapes for the very first time, SHARP-FLAT brings you the WITCH DISCO SINGLES as you’ve never heard them before. From Movin’ On, WIT 4 presents a single edit of “My Desire” backed with “You Are My Sunshine.” From the Kuomboka sessions, WIT 5 presents a single edit of “Erotic Delight” backed with “Change of a Feeling,” an unheard WITCH track released for the very first time in 2021.
Guitar & Backing Vocals – Chris Mbewe
Guitar – Emmanuel Makulu
Fender Bass – Gedeon Mulenga
Drums – Peter Lungo
Synthesisers & Electric Piano – Patrick Mwondela
Backing Vocals & Percussion – Shaddick Bwalya
Brass by Real Sound Horns
Vocals – Abi Rusike & Benny Miller
Backing Vocals – Rusike Brothers
Produced by Shaddick Bwalya & Richard Nganga
Recorded at Shed Studios in Harare, Zimbabwe
Engineered by Steve Roskilly
Produced for Reissue by Calum MacNaughton
Design & Layout – Ash Pederick
Audio Mastering – Morten McCoy
Recorded in 1983
2021 Edition by SHARP-FLAT with Rebel Disko
Under License from WITCH