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NTS Guide To: Zamrock

London, 23.01.23

Zambian rock or "Zamrock" (a portmanteau coined by DJ Manasseh Phiri) was one of the first Western pop-influenced music movements to emerge on the African continent, beginning almost instantly following the country's independence in the mid 1960s.

Gathering inspiration from James Brown, The Who, and other rock and funk greats of the era, Zambian bands like WITCH, Amanaz and others unleashed an unbridled DIY and rough rock sound that appears totally timeless.

Tracklist

  • Amanaz 
    Sunday Morning
  • Mike Nyoni
    Amidah
  • Keith Mlevhu 
    Mwana Opanda Bambo
  • Witch 
    Home Town
  • Blackfoot
    When It's All Alright
  • Chrissy Zebby Tembo, Ngozi Family 
    My Ancestors
  • 5 Revolutions 
    Tell Me All Your Needs
  • Tinkles 
    Something New
  • Sentries 
    Survival
  • Born Free 
    Promotion
  • Peace
    Black Power
  • Rikki Ililonga & Musi-O-Tunya
    The Hole
  • Ngozi Family Band 
    I Have Been Looking For You
  • Crossbones 
    Lizi
  • Rikki Ililonga & Musi-O-Tunya
    Mpondolo