Check out our compilation of the best 1970s Zamrock tunes

Zamrock was molded in 1970s Zambia out of a dual influence of Jimi Hendrix‘s acid guitar and James Brown‘s funk. In the past few years, a number of zamrock vinyls have been reissued by boutique labels — most notably Now Again Records/Stone Throw‘s reprinting of Amanaz and WITCH‘s overlooked classics. More recently, zamrock has been having another revival through a piece in Chimurenga ChronicOroma Elewa’s mix, a Madlib event and a Chris Smith story and radio interview. Below, we compiled a batch of highlights from this fuzzed-out, psychedelic Zambian scene.
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Rikki Ililonga & Musi-O-Tunya “Dark Sunrise”


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WITCH “Strange Dream”


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The Peace “Black Power”


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Amanaz “Africa”


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Ngozi Family “Nizaka Panga Ngozi”


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Chrissy Zebby Tembo “Trouble Maker”


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Amanaz “Khala My Friend”


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Comments

  • Zouph

    where can i download (or buy) a good selection of zamrock?

  • Zigora

    Zamrock is awesome, theres a distinct Hendrick influence to the music and its all awesome even if I dont understand some of it :)

  • Zedstyle

    Where has this music been? all my time in Zambia and never heard this stuff. So much exposure to Rhumba and other styles, but this stuff is sublime.

  • Naddya Oluoch-Olunya

    yes…