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The Story of Zamrock: Zambia's 1970s Fuzz Rock Sound

Get to know the musical and political history behind Zambia's much-talked about 1970s fuzz rock scene and genre.

Zamrock was born in 1970s Zambia out of influences from James Brown's funk and Jimi Hendrix's acid guitar.

In recent years, the fuzzed-out and psychedelic Zamrock sound has been turning heads with vinyl reissues from some of its pioneering bands, the latest of which comes in the repressing of the Vinyl Me, Please anthology The Story of Zamrock, originally released in 2020.

Put together in conjunction with with Now Again Records and Strawberry Rain Music, VMP's Zamrock anthology will consists of eight albums from seminal Zamrock groups Witch, Amanaz, 5 Revolutions, Ricky Banda, Ngozi Family, Oscillations, Fireballs, and Crossbones.

VMP initially shared the anthology with an accompanying mini-documentary The Story of Zamrock! The Zambian Rock Sound 1972-1978, which takes a look at the genesis of the sound, the people behind it, and the sociopolitical events that shaped it. It features rare interviews with members of Amanaz, Oscillations and Crossbones.

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12 DanceToks From This Year That Prove AfroDance Could Bring World Peace

#DanceTok has done an incredible job at taking African dances across the world — here are some of our faves from this year.

Twenty twenty-one has been a really tough year for a lot of us. And the need for positive, energy-inducing activities or escapes has never been more important. As the world steadily opened up, we needed to laugh, find joy, and have experiences that would make up for the year and a half of our lives that we've lost. TikTok, the video-sharing music app, helped connect the world to each other through laughter, music, and dance both during the pandemic, and now during whichever version of the pandemic we're currently going through. Users have the freedom to interact with cultures that they would normally never think of, as the app is often used to teach other people how to speak different languages, educate some on the ins and outs of online trading and cryptocurrency, as well as how to do dance moves that are specific to certain corners of the world.

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