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

8 Replies to "Zamrock: The Best 1970s Zambian Psychedelic Rock Tracks"
Zouph says:
June 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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

Zigora says:
June 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

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

Zedstyle says:
August 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

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.

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    Benjamin Silungwe says:
    August 1, 2014 at 5:46 am

    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 says:
October 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm

yes…

Simwinji says:
October 7, 2014 at 9:42 am

Hi Zedstyle, this music has been lying ignored in peoples suitcases, old storage boxes and whatever else was being ignored in the name of ‘progress’ or ‘that’s old stuff!’. The people who championed it were either dead, moved on or simply ignored. No space to give you examples. Lots of other reasons underlie why you never heard it. There is also a generational issue at play. You sound like a post-1985 person. I could be wrong though. Anyhow, good to know you like it!

Joseph Sannicandro says:
October 26, 2014 at 12:29 am

FYI, the plural of vinyl is still vinyl, not “vinyls”

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