Josh makes inroads in SA circuit

HARARE - When talented guitarist Josh Meck arrived in South Africa in search of a career in music, he had nothing but a place to stay and had to start building a new band from scratch.

It all began in April 2013 when Josh decided to relocate to Mzansi, the City of Gold, to further his music career as he felt he needed to reach out to a wider audience and blossom in such a competitive music industry as South Africa.

He linked up with a couple of friends who were already working in the industry who he had met through touring South Africa before, so he managed to build a strong band consisting of South African artistes.

“It was not easy to get a club gig or restaurant gig, because most of the owners did not know anything about Josh,” said the talented guitarist.

He had to drop music CDs and countless emails to different venues and music agents. For over two months Josh did not get any response but he kept the faith. All he did in those two months was to rehearse with different musicians while fighting hard to build up a band.

Then his prayers were answered after he got his first club booking at a restaurant called Moyos. “That performance got people talking and in no time most of the venues started calling and booking me for gigs,” said Josh.

Last year in September Josh did his first international show with his South African band at the Blantyre Arts Festival in Malawi. Come December he headlined the New year`s eve jazz concert in Zambia Lusaka at a venue called the Misty`s.

“From then the brand Josh Meck started getting recognition in Mzansi getting bookings during the busy festive season,” said the guitarist.

Crossing over into 2014, the world of international festivals opened up for Josh. He got booked to perform at the prestigious Toyota Drumbeat festival alongside greats and Zimbabwe`s very own superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Lira and Ringo.

He got a lot of media attention from that show and that opened new avenues for his career. In July Josh toured Austria for a whole month in a collaboration project called Kunzwana that involved three Austrian and Zimbabwean musicians; Blessing Chimanga, Hope Masike and Othnell Mangoma.

He has recorded a single with one of the top bands in South Africa called The Muffinz. The single is due to be released October.

Recently Josh performed at one of the biggest jazz festival Jazz on the Lake in Johannesburg representing Zimbabwe sharing the stage with Jonny Clegg, The soil and Mbuso Khoza.

“I give all the glory to God the almighty for granting me success in such a short space of time in uncharted territory.

“I never expected things to go this way but all I can say is the Lord is faithful. The future looks bright and I vow to keep raising the Zimbabwe flag high all over the world.

“I am currently working on my third album to be released end of October and am planning to launch it in Zimbabwe and South Africa with a Europe tour promoting the album as well.”

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