John Wizards might have started in Maputo. It also might have started in Cape Town. It certainly owes a debt to Dar es Salaam.
Formed in 2010 by musician and the mainstay of the band John Wizards, who’s real name is John Withers, the band consists of drummer and percussionist Raphael Segerman, bassist and keyboardist Alex Montgomery, guitarist Tom Parker and guitarist and keyboardist Geoff Brink. Described as a mix of R&B, Soukous, Afropop, Reggae, House, Shangaan Electro and Dub, the band’s self-titled first album was released in September 2013 on Planet Mu records. The album received critical acclaim with the Guardian UK awarding it #8 in the list of the top 10 albums for 2013.
Following this release of the album the band spent most of 2014 touring Europe and the UK. Some notable dates are Primavera, Glastonbury, Dimensions, Field Day and Bestival.
John is currently in studio at home in Cape Town, where he is working on the follow up release. This new album is promising exciting collaborations.