Stasis Prey is a 5 piece Zambian rock band from Lusaka founded by lead singer Tumelo. The band currently consists of lead singer Tumelo, Lead Guitarist Chana, Rhythm Guitarist Syn, Drummer Abdul and bassist Lerato. The band is currently working on their debut EP, while also playing shows around the city.
The band was founded in 2013 by lead singer Tumelo after taking an indefinite hiatus from his previous heavy metal project, Fundamental Element. Stasis Prey was formed as an avenue to explore a different sound with emphasis on abstract lyrics with a positive message. Tumelo recruited Lerato to the band after having worked together on a few of his solo projects and struck up a friendship and musical understanding. A few months later Lerato invited former band member (The Ghost of Samurai Guns) and long time friend Chana to play lead guitar for Stasis Prey and soon after recruited another former band member Bernard to play bass. (Alternating rhythm guitar and bass with Lerato). Rounding off the band was talented drummer, Ted. This formed the lineup of the band in its formative stages until Bernard quit the band due to personal reasons early in 2014. This led to a brief reshuffling that involved incorporating Daniel (Disciple) as rhythm guitarist before the band eventually settled on 4 piece lineup with Tumelo on lead vocals, Chana as the guitarist, Lerato as bassist and Ted on drums. This would be the lineup on the 9th of August, 2014 when the band played their first live show at a fundraising event at Mojo. The band played a further 2 shows, alongside Stardust Avenue and Catch 22, towards the end of 2014 at The Frog in Lusaka, the first being an acoustic set, followed up by a full set with Blake from Glitch standing in on drums. Early in 2015, Ted left the band due to personal reasons and the band played with stand ins on drums. The band then played an acoustic set at the "Earth Day Birthday" green environment convention at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka alongside Stardust Avenue.
While looking for a drummer following Ted's departure early in 2015, the band approached Ben of Kapiri Mposha 4.0 who referred the band to a talented young drummer called Abdul. This enforced a temporary hiatus as he was assimilated into the band. He played his first show with the band at the first ever Lusaka Comic Con. Later in the year, the band added an extra guitarist, Syn, who had previously played with the band at a recording session while he was based in South Africa. When he returned to Zambia, Chana, his cousin, approached him about joining the band, and he officially played his first show with the band at a show at Mumana Resort.
The band is currently working on their debut EP, Sanguine, with renowned Zambian music producer Jonah Banda from which they are yet to release a single for but is tentatively slated for a 2016 independent release.