Wells Fargo, Watch Out!

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2021 09 10

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    A1 Coming Home

    A2 Watch Out

    A3 Love of My Life

    A4 The Crowd

    A5 Bump Bump Babe

    B1 Love Is The In Thing

    B2 Open the Door

    B3 Shades of Wells Fargo

    B4 Bwanawe

    B5 Too Long Away

    B6 Carrying On


    Rock Music and Revolution in 70s Zimbabwe

    Just as the hippie era came to an end in America, a second 60s was beginning. In what is now Zimbabwe, young people created a rock and roll counterculture that drew inspiration from hippie ideals and the sounds of Hendrix and Deep Purple. The kids in the scene called their music “heavy,” because they could feel its impact, and it resonated from Zambia to Nigeria.

    At its peak in the mid-70s, the heavy rock scene united tens of thousands of young progressives of all racial and social backgrounds. The country was called Rhodesia then, one of the last bastions of white rule in Africa, and heavy rockers defied segregation laws and secret police to make a stand for democratic change.

    Wells Fargo was at the forefront of the scene, and the title track of this album, Watch Out, was the anthem of the counterculture. This is the first time their music has been issued outside of Zimbabwe. Matthew Shechmeister tells the story of Wells Fargo drawing on interviews with the band's remaining members and numerous trips to Zimbabwe to investigate the genesis of the heavy rock scene under Ian Smith's oppressive government, and its dissipation after Zimbabwe's liberation. Never-before-published photographs and rare ephemera color the vibrant era of which this band was part.

    Bundled with a download card for WAV files and 72 page digital PDF that details the history of Zimbabwe’s heavy rock scene and the trajectory of Wells Fargo.