Forward Kwenda was born 5 April 1963 in the rural Buhera area of Zimbabwe, an area known for its fierce resistance to colonial rulers and respect for Shona tradition. At the age of 10, he began to play ngoma (drums) and hosho (gourd rattles) for his mother’s gombwe (rain-making) spirit. He was given the name «Forward» because of his curiosity about many subjects, enthusiastic involvement in many activities and his singing for liberation war freedom fighters.
By 1985, Forward was playing in a unusually…
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