mardi 16 septembre 2014

"Trojan Horse" on Zimbabwean charts.

"Trojan Horse" is one of Luv's greatest hits. This iconic million-selling record charted in a dozen countries in late 1978 and 1979 (see Chapter II of the group's biography). Recently, I've found out that this track also entered the Zimbabwean single chart and peaked at #14. Luv' can be considered an "one-hit wonder" in this territory. 

My research is based on the website "" and "Zimbabwe: singles chart book" written by C. Kimberley in 1996. The music market in Zimbabwe was marked by a strong presence of foreign pop acts (mainly from USA, UK and Europe). During Luv's heyday, the country formerly known as "Rhodesia" was experiencing political trouble and became independant in April 1980. It was renamed "Zimbabwe". 

It may be noted that hits by artists released on EMI and associated labels were absent from the Zimbabwean charts from the early 1970s to 1981. This was because, as a form of sanctions against Rhodesia during this period, these records were not permitted to be released in the country. The boycott affected popular acts such as Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro, Kool & The Gang, Marshall Hain, Ottawan, Pussycat, Cliff Richard and David Soul

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