A History of Zamrock: Zambia's mix of tribal patterns, heavy rock, blues and psychedelic from the 1970s
May 21, 2012 12:04 PM Subscribe
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Zamrock is a largely forgotten musical movement, born from a newly independence still trying to find stability. The sound is a mix of local sounds with heavy, bluesy and psychedelic rock, usually sung in English, the constitutional language for Zambia. Unfortunately, little of the history is written, and those who were there are fewer each year. Last year, Emmanuel Kangwa “Jagari” Chanda, the co-founder and lead singer for WITCH (We Intend To Cause Havoc), was interviewed for two hours
) and recorded a radio show with 14 Zamrock tracks
. The South African newspaper Mail & Guardian have an article with more history
and interview snippets with Jagari, whose stage name is an Africanisation of Mick Jagger's name. (via
Sampling of tracks on YouTube:
From Witch - "Lazy Bones!!"
Black Tears and Strange Dream
, Lazy Bones
, Strange Dreams
Rikki Ililonga: live in London
, 30/10/2010; and from the Dark Sunrise
Love Is The (Only) Way
, The Hole
, Sunshine Love
Amanaz - "Africa"
, Khala My Friend
, History of Man
, Green Apple
Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family - "My Ancestors"
, Coffin Maker
, Oh Yeh Yeh
Ngozi Family - "45,000 Volts"
Everything Is Over
, Nizaka Panga Ngozi
, Night of Fear
The Peace - "Black Power"
, I Have Got No Money
Musi O Tunya - "Wings Of Africa"
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