Late last year we mentioned that WITCH’s Emmanuel “Jagari” Chanda and Musi-O-Tunya founder Rikki Ililonga were readying to journey from Lusaka to Rennes to perform Zamrock live with Karl HEctor & The Malcouns at France’s Transmusicales Festival. Well the show went off – and it went off well. So well, in fact, that Jagari and Rikki are again traveling to France to perform at Espace Fraternite – Magic Mirror (Aubervilliers) – again with Karl Hector and crew.
So we’re showing you some rehearsal photos, shot by Denis Pernath at the Hector rehearsal space in Munich, and offering two downloads from the Transmusicales Festival below.
Download: Rikki Ililonga with Karl Hector & The Malcouns: Dark Sunrise (Live at Transmusicales 2013)
Download: Rikki Ililonga with Karl Hector & The Malcouns: Munzi Wa Kangwanda (Live at Transmusicales 2013)
No, it’s not confirmed that there will be an Ed “Apple” Nelson gig in LA supported by The Breakestra. We’re just saying that, over the past thirteen years, stranger things have happened (as examples: the Funky 16 Corners live in 2001, featuring members of The Highlighters, Leroy and The Drivers, Co-Real Artists and Bernard “Spider” Harrison himself; the L.A. Carnival live in 2003, featuring leader Lester Abrams and lead vocalist Leslie Smith). We’re just saying that Apple can still beat out that Arthur Monday “What Comes Around Goes Around” beat pretty damn good – as proved at a three hour rehearsal that Breakestra leader Miles Tackett held at his Highland Park house this past Friday. And we have the pictures to prove it.
Last week, we posted photos from the Japanese portion of Egon and Madlib’s 2013 Asian Tour. Here are the photos from China: where the only records to be found are in a plastic recycling plant two hours south of Shanghai; where the smog is so hazy it hurts to breathe; where – in Chengdu, in the heart of Szechuan – the chicken heart and stomach dish is so spicy hurts to eat (but the rabbit, blackened with Szechuan peppercorns, is just fine); where – in Beijing, of course – Peking Duck is better than anywhere; where – at Shelter, in Shanghai – there exists one of the current best nightclubs in the world, where hundreds of Chinese folks and a smattering of ex-pats proved they could get down with all of the psychedelic sounds that you’d expect at a Madlib Medicine Show tour stop.
As promised last week, here are some photos from the ground in Osaka, Japan, as Egon and Madlib ready to don surgical masks and fly to polluted Beijing. Three dates: Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai. More info here.
As detailed in yesterday’s issue of Le Monde (“Can You Dance The Zamrock” by Stephanie Binet), WITCH’s “Jagari” Chanda and Rikki Ililonga are on their way to Rennes, France to perform an exclusive set of their Zamrock classics at Jean-Louis Brossard’s Transmuicales Festival. They will be backed by Karl Hector & The Malcouns. This is the first Zamrock performance outside of Zambia in over thirty-five years.
Above and below you can see some images shot by South African filmmaker Calum MacNaughton, who was with Chanda and Ililonga filming scenes for a forthcoming Zamrock documentary when he snapped these shots of the duo in rehearsal. More photos to come soon.
A special thanks to Ludivine Gretere for making this event possible.