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Mike Nyoni & Born Free – MY OWN THING

Now-Again — January 22, 2018 | Comments (12)

The latest release in Now-Again’s Reserve Subscription series: anthology of Zamrock musician Mike Nyoni’s 1970s recordings, plus bonus LP. Shipping April 18th 2018.


Now-Again Reserve: Custom-made LP’s delivered once per quarter, presenting some of the rarest records in their respective genres in high quality LP format. Each release is produced with the direct participation of the artist.

Zambian guitarist and singer/songwriter Mike Nyoni’s music is Zamrock only because he came of age during the country’s rock revolution. His preferred wah-wah to fuzz guitar, James Brown to Jimi Hendrix. His 70s recordings – often politically charged, and ranging from despondent to exuberant – are amongst the funkiest on the African continent. He was also one of the only Zamrock musicians to see his music contemporaneously issued in Europe.

This anthology collates works from his three 70s LPs – his first, with the Born Free band, and his two solo albums Kawalala and I Can’t Understand You – and presents a singular Zambian musician on par with celebrated artists Rikki Ililonga, Keith Mlevhu and Paul Ngozi.

Bonus 2nd LP – available only to subscribers – contains the genesis of the Kalindula music Nyoni would create in the 80s. Extensive, photo-filled booklet contains an overview of the Zamrock scene and Nyoni’s story. Download card for WAV files, with bonus tracks.


  1. hell yeah!!

    Comment by Christian — February 3, 2016, 12:39 am
  2. Do we need to sign up again or will it just continue automatically?

    Comment by Luke Franz — January 10, 2017, 10:28 pm
  3. @Luke: You don’t need to sign up again, it will continue automatically.

    Comment by admin — January 10, 2017, 11:52 pm
  4. Any chance you guys will offer a lower priced subscription without the cd’s ?

    Comment by Trevor — January 11, 2017, 12:58 am
  5. Any word on when the wooden cases will be shipped for members?

    Comment by Sims — January 14, 2017, 5:15 pm
  6. @Sims, Our distributor is in the process of shipping these out right now. If you did not receive an email with a tracking number, please contact

    Comment by admin — January 16, 2017, 6:16 pm
  7. Is this still shipping around the date listed for Split Decision Band?

    Comment by Luke Franz — April 8, 2017, 12:33 am
  8. Has Split Decision Band started shipping yet? Dying to listen to it

    Comment by M — May 3, 2017, 10:39 pm
  9. This is insane

    Comment by Dada — July 22, 2017, 4:40 am
  10. Any precisions on the German Oak shipping date?

    Comment by LuxB — August 7, 2017, 8:48 pm
  11. I just signed up! So, will I be guaranteed the free jazz selections shipping out mid October or so I have to wait for the next round of releases in January ?

    Comment by ziebellh — October 3, 2017, 2:28 am
  12. @ziebellh Correct, if you sign up before 10/17 you will have signed up in time for the Michael Cosmic LP

    Comment by Mark Taylor — October 3, 2017, 8:01 pm

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