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.