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.

    • Benjamin Silungwe

      Good news,
      there is a band which in the late 1970s was formed in Mufulira by school going
      youths – “The Black Stones”. The surviving members (two brothers) have
      regrouped in Lusaka infusing two other brothers and a friend under “Albatross” playing Zamrock and
      classic rock. The band will be playing for free to entertain the rock and
      zamrock lovers at MBJ’s Pub & Restaurant, behind Makeni Pick & Pay
      shopping mall on Monday 4th August 2014 starting at 14.00hrs to 16.00hrs. Songs
      to be played are by The Witch, The
      Tinkles, Blackfoot, Rikki Ililonga, Keith Mlevu, Paul Ngozi and others that
      pioneered Zamrock. Hope this marks a rebirth of zamrock and reproduction of the zamrock songs.

  • Naddya Oluoch-Olunya

    yes…