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Zamrock: The Best 1970s Zambian Psychedelic Rock Tracks

We compile the best Zamrock, Zambian psychedelic rock music tracks from the 1970s.


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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