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Various Artists - Welcome To Zamrock! Vol 1: How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution 1972-77 (BOOK + CD)


CD BS (Box set): £21.99

Label: Now Again

Release date: 23.06.2017

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Explore Zambia’s liberation and its impact on the country’s rock revolution. The book, written by Eothen Alapatt and Leonard Koloko is the first investigation into the Zamrock scene, and is filled with original record artwork and rarely-seen photos of Zamrock’s best ensembles. By the mid-1970s, the Southern African nation known as the Republic of Zambia had fallen on hard times. Though the country’s first president Kenneth Kaunda had thrown off the yoke of British colonialism, the new federation found itself under his self-imposed, autocratic rule. Conflict loomed on all sides of this landlocked nation. Kaunda protected Zambia from war, but his country descended into isolation and poverty. This is the environment in which the ’70s rock revolution that has come to be known as Zamrock flourished. Fuzz guitars were commonplace, as were driving rhythms as influenced by James Brown’s funk as Jimi Hendrix’s rock predominated. Musical themes, mainly sung in the country’s constitutional language, English, were often bleak. Only a small number of the original Zamrock godfathers that remained in the country survived through the late ’90s. This was not a likely scene to survive - but it did. Welcome To Zamrock!, presented in two volumes, is an overview of its most beloved ensembles, and a trace of its arc from its ascension, to its fall, to its resurgence.

Staff Reviews


16 track CD featuring Musi-O-Tunya, Witch, Dr. Footswitch, Amanaz, Ngozi Family and more, along with a hardback book chronicling the extraordinary story of Zambia's rock scene in the 1970s. Clearly the result of a huge work of research, the book also includes many pictures of the artists and the records.

By Adam Gillison

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