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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 Chronic, Oroma 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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Here's Some Incredible 1970s Zamrock From Mike Nyoni & Born Free

Dive into these psychedelic Zambian rock and funk jams.

The Zambian band Born Free was founded in 1972 but didn't record until up to three years later, when a personnel change left Mike Nyoni in charge as vocalist and lead guitarist.

Nyoni's style of music took a step away from the fuzz-rock sounds of Zamrock, opting to add wah-wah guitar pedals and overall funk elements.

Now-Again Records, through their Reserve Subscription series, are now offering up My Own Thing, which they described as "some of the funkiest music issued on the African continent in the 1970s." The release includes the trot-paced "SM," as well as the impressive instrumental track, "Mad Man."

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Zamrock Goes Disco: WITCH's 'Movin' On' & 'Kuomboka' LPs

Zamrock group WITCH goes disco in their later LPs, reissued by Now-Again Records.

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South Africa's Iconic Group Bongo Maffin is Set to Release a New Album

It will be the group's first album in well over a decade.

Last year, the iconic South African kwaito group Bongo Maffin, reunited after several years. They then went on to release the single "Harare" much to the delight of their numerous fans. Of course, the single was just an appetizer for everything else still to come. Thandiswa "King Tha" Mazwai, one of the members of the diverse quartet, recently confirmed that Bongo Maffin will be releasing an album on November 29th—the group's first album in well over a decade.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

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