Now-Again — August 4, 2021 | Comments Off on Eye Q: Heavy Rock & Revolution in 1970s Zimbabwe
Just as the hippie era came to an end in America, a second 60s was beginning: in what is now Zimbabwe, young people created a rock and roll counterculture that drew inspiration from hippie ideals and the sounds of Hendrix and Deep Purple. The kids in the scene called their music “heavy,” because they could feel its impact, and it resonated from Zambia to Nigeria.
Eye Q is one of the greatest bands of the scene. Their collection Please the Nation is a 2/LP set, the latest release of Now Again Reserve.
While Detroit’s legendary Tribe Records has remained one of the brightest lights of America’s 1970s jazz underground, the label has never been feted with a definitive set of reissues, and has thus remained obscure. That changed with the release of The Story of Tribe Records, a collaboration between Now-Again Records and Vinyl Me Please, containing 7 LPs. The box set was limited to 1,000 pieces and Vinyl Me Please copies quickly sold out. Rappcats is now selling some of Now-Again’s copies. (more…)
Morgen’s self-titled 1969 album is the sole release by the NYC band led by songwriter/vocalist Steve Morgen. Now-Again Reserve’s edition, pairing the album with previously-unreleased songs, alternate takes on 2LPs is the definitive reissue. A 3rd bonus LP with instrumentals is available to Now-Again Reserve subscribers.
Now-Again — July 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Ayalew Mesfin – Che Belew! (March Forward!) – Ethiopia 1973-1978
Che Belew! (March Forward!) – short film by Bennett Piscitelli
Ayalew Mesfin stands aside the likes of Mulatu Astake, Mahmoud Ahmed, Hailu Mergia and Alemayehu Eshete as a legend 1970s Ethiopia. The music he created with his Black Lion Band is amongst the funkiest to arise from Addis Ababa.