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Zamrock — March 10, 2015 | Comments (3)

IN THE SHOP: AMANAZ – AFRICA

Available Record Store at Rappcats Pop-Up Shop.
April 18-19, Saturday & Sunday, Noon-6PM
RAPPCATS. 5636 YORK BLVD, LOS ANGELES CA 90042

Essential 1970s African rock album, definitive reissue on Now-Again

Issued in 1975, this is the articulation of Zambia’s “Zamrock” ethos. While other albums – Rikki Ililonga’s Zambia, WITCH’s Lazy Bones!! – are competitors, it’s hard to best this album as it covers each major quadrant of the Zamrock whole: it came from the mines; its musicians were anti-colonial freedom fighters, it envelops Zambian folk music traditions. And it rocks.

The album was given two separate mixes and two separate presses: one version is dry, with the vocals and drums mixed loud, the other slathered in reverb, with the vocals and drums disappearing into the mix, and with the guitar solos mixed much louder. Now-Again has presented them both in this anthology. This is a highpoint of the Zamrock scene and this is its definitive reissue.

2/LP, 2/CD set contains both released versions of the album: a dry, drums-up mix and reverb-drenched fuzz-guitar dominated mix and an extensive booklet containing an essay on the album and detailing the history of the Zamrock scene and this album, with notes from Amanaz’s Isaac Mpofu and Keith Kabwe and rare photos. Download card included with LP version.

This is a Record Store Day release. It will be available Apr 18 2015 at Rappcats.com, at the Rappcats Pop-Up Record Shop – address TBA – and at participating record stores around the U.S.

3 Comments »

  1. looks amazing. I’ve been loving the digital version from Now Again Deluxe.

    Comment by crawlrawl — March 11, 2015, 1:02 am
  2. Midnight, 4/18, California time, I assume?

    Comment by Marky B — March 25, 2015, 9:51 pm
  3. Thanks for shining light on this band, I’m Ugandan and my parents rocked some rare African 70s music! I never even heard of the Beatles till I was almost 12, and who needs Beatles n all that Euro Punk when Africa been killing it haha.

    Peace~

    Comment by DRTYDRDZ — April 6, 2015, 5:44 pm

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