Josh Meck's Biography
Josh Meck is one of Zimbabwe`s finest afro-jazz musicians, who fuses modern instruments and contemporary jazz styles with traditional African rhythms. The bass guitar prodigy has worked with a number of international and local musicians. With a career that stretches as far as 2006 as a session musician and solo artist, locally Josh Meck has worked with some of Zimbabwe`s acclaimed artists such as the late Chiwoniso Maraire, Comrade Fatso and Victor Kunonga. His collaborations have crossed Zimbabwean borders and seen him work with renowned artists such as Max Wild (USA), Mike Del Ferro (Netherlands),Nomsa Mazwai (South Africa) the muffinz (South Africa) and Asali(Kenya) just to name a few.
In 2013 Josh Meck relocated to South Africa where he led his 5 piece band in which he managed to get opportunities to perform in some of the biggest festivals in South Africa including Arts Alive, Jazz on the Lake 2014 and Soweto Toyota drumbeat festival. He has also featured on a number of Talk Shows and SABC main news bulletin. In September 2014 Josh entered into another exciting artistic collaboration with Europe-based HAJA Madagascar,the thrilling multi-instrumentalist from the Indian Ocean Islands who said “Working with such a skillful musician and above all, very nice human being as Josh Meck is such an honour, and a good experience."
Josh was based in South Africa since 2013- 2015 and thereafter he returned to Zimbabwe to focus on building his audience at home. Josh Meck has wowed music lovers in many parts of the world with his extraordinary mastery of the bass guitar, and continues to surprise and impress his audiences at every turn. Locally, he has played at the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) for a record 10 times. Abroad, the countries he has toured include: South Africa; Austria; Netherlands; Estonia; Germany; Zimbabwe; Mauritius; USA, United Kingdom, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Reunion Islands. He considers it an honour to have entertained crowds at various local and international events, including: Arts Alive, Jazz on the Lake 2014 ,Soweto Toyota drumbeat festival ( South Africa) Blantrye Arts Festival (Malawi), Linz Festival (Austria),Music Meeting festival (Holland), Maalikum festival (Estonia), Jazzkeller Café (Germany), Africa Festival (Germany), USA, Ronnie Scott jazz club UK, HIFA(Zimbabwe)2005-2015, Independence Celebrations (Mauritius), Miombo Magic (Zim) 2015.
Dr Herbert Murerwa, Zimbabwe Jazz aficionado and long-standing supporter of the genre, recently predicted that Josh Meck will be, ‘the next great jazz artist to come out of Zimbabwe` Josh Meck is certainly well on his way to this high standing as he continues to deliver on his promise to put on outstanding performances for those who come out to see him. To date, Josh has 3 albums: Wanetsa (2010), Time (2012) and Artistry(2015). He has recently released a highly acclaimed new single, "SiyaZabalaza"(2018), which has been received with great appreciation by his fans. It serves as a foretaste of what promises to be a masterpiece of an album, " Fruit Salad", which is scheduled for release in March, 2018.