Cheza was formed in 1993 by singer-guitar player Paul Weber. Paul lived briefly in Senegal, west Africa where his interest in African music began. The search for others who shared his love of African styles led to the formation of Cheza. Band members include: Phil Bova (drums), Pat Giunta (guitar and vocals), Rob Graves (percussion), Stella Haybukhai (vocals), Neema Mugala (vocals), and Stuart Watkins (bass).