In And Shipping: Ngozi Family “Day of Judgement”

Now-Again | Aug. 6, 2014 | News |

In and shipping at our webstore at Rappcats: Ngozi Family’s Day of Judgement proto-punk and garage Zamrock! Hardbound casebook CD and digital out now, ltd. deluxe LP edition w/ bonus disc with rare 7″ tracks shipping later this month. Out worldwide 08.26 – download a free mp3 below!

Day of Judgement, as detailed in an earlier post, will see release as a hardbound casebook CD, digital album and in LP form. A limited deluxe edition of the LP – limited to 1000 copies – will contain a bonus disc which collects four songs from rare Ngozi Family 7″ singles, issued contemporaneously with Day of Judgement.

Day of Judgement will be available to our subscribers at Now-Again Deluxe two weeks prior to the album’s release date. Download a free MP3 from the album – the devastating “Hi Babe” – below and see more images of our CD package.

Download: “Hi Babe”
Buy: Ngozi Family Day of Judgement at Rappcats.

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Coming 08.26: Ngozi Family “Day of Judgement” – download a free MP3 now!

Now-Again | Jul. 21, 2014 | News | ,

Coming this summer – proto-punk and garage Zamrock! The celebrated guitarist Paul Ngozi’s essential debut album. Featuring Chrissy Zebby Tembo. Hardbound casebook CD; ltd. deluxe LP edition contains bonus disc with rare 7″ tracks. Out 08.26 – download a free mp3 now!

We’ve been talking about an anthology centered around Zambian guitarist/vocalist Paul Ngozi for a while now. And – while we’re not there just yet, we’re announcing the issue of his masterwork. His debut album – issued under the name Ngozi Family – is important record: not just in the Zamrock genre, but in the global rock canon. Day of Judgement is an introduction to the most intense, raw and inimitable golden era Zamrock recorded, as it paved the way for a dozen Paul Ngozi and Ngozi Family releases (the most famous being drummer Chrissy Zebby Tembo’s My Ancestors) that straddled the line between funk and punk, of driving hard rock and Zambian folk melodies and rhythms.

Day of Judgement was released in 1976, the same year as other, now famous, Zamrock albums, from WITCH’s Lazy Bones!! to Rikki Ililonga’s Zambia to Musi-O-Tunya’s Give Love To Your Children, all reissued on Now-Again. But Day of Judgement sounds like none of its counterparts. Part of that stems from its frenzied primitivism, the Ngozi Family’s attempt to overcome a lack of musical acumen with sheer force of will.

That will allowed Paul Ngozi to overcome a humble upbringing to become the most unlikely combination: Zamrock’s most beloved star in its brief but now-well chronicled arc; the only musician to maintain his fame and recording prowess in the dark ages of the ’80s; an inspiration to not only aging but young Zambians — and now others, beyond Zambia’s borders.

But one cannot imagine Paul Ngozi without this album, a full-on aural assault that sounds as wild nearly forty years after its release as it must have sounded in the developing Zamrock landscape from which it emerged. We listen to this anachronistic yet prescient album now as a wholly original, completely unpredictable album in line with those from mavericks from across the world – from the Ramones to the Sex Pistols to Death. And, though it’s been over two decades since Paul Ngozi’s passing, his voice and vision still seem exciting, powerful, unique, unvarnished, new.

Day of Judgement will see release as a hardbound casebook CD and in LP form. A limited deluxe edition of the LP will contain a bonus disc which collects four songs from rare Ngozi Family 7″ singles, issued contemporaneously with Day of Judgement.

Day of Judgement will be available to our subscribers at Now-Again Deluxe two weeks prior to the album’s release date. Download a free MP3 from the album – the devastating “Hi Babe” – below.

Download: “Hi Babe”

Ngozi Family – Day of Judgement

Now-Again | Mar. 6, 2014 | Catalog |

Buy it here.

This compilation produced, with liner notes, by Eothen “Egon” Alapatt.
Original sessions produced by Paul Ngozi Edward Khuzwayo, with production arrangements by Billie David Nyati and assistance by Rikki Ililonga.
Mastered by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters.
Art direction by Errol Richardson.

Tracklist:

CD:

1. Day Of Judgement
2. Hi Babe
3. I Wanna Know
4. Kumanda Kwa Bambo Wanga
5. Tikondane
6. Bwanawe
7. Let Me Know
8. We Wonna Give It To Her
9. I’m On My Way
10. She Looks So Crazy
11. Sunka Mulamu
12. We Were Not Told
13. I’ve Been Looking For You

LP:

A
1. Day of Judgement
2. Hi Babe
3. I Wanna Know
4. Kumanda Kwa Bambo Wanga

B
1. Tikondane
2. Bwanawe
3. Let Me Know
4. We Wonna Give It To Her
5. I’m On My Way

C (Bonus – Deluxe LP only)
1. She Looks So Crazy
2. Sunka Mulamu

D (Bonus – Deluxe LP only)
1. We Were Not Told
2. I’ve Been Looking For You

LP, CD and Digital. 2014. NA5115 (Deluxe LP NA 4115)

Out Now: Musi-O-Tunya “Give Love To Your Children” – Grab a Free mP3!

Now-Again | Feb. 3, 2014 | News | , ,

Funk, Psych-Rock, and Fuzz-Guitar-lead Afrobeat from Zambia’s groundbreaking band. Contains extensive booklet with liner notes, an exclusive interview with drummer Brian Chengala and guitarists Rikki Ilionga and Wayne Barnes, photos and ephemera. Limited deluxe edition LP contains bonus disc with rare 7” tracks, never reissued on vinyl. Out now!

Finally! The legendary Zamrock band’s second album and rare 7” tracks presented a an album. We can only describe Give Love To Your Children as a medley of Funk, Psych-Rock, and Fuzz-Guitar-lead Afrobeat from this groundbreaking Zambian band. As you’ll read in our extensive booklet this album follows Now-Again’s first foray into the Zamrock genre, Rikki Ililonga and Musi-O-Tuyna’s Dark Sunrise.

Dark Sunrise hadn’t even entered production when we became aware of Musi-O-Tunya’s post-Ililonga trajectory, and its uniqueness in the Zamrock landscape. It is the corollary to Ililonga’s story. And now, that story can be told, and the music can be heard, thanks to the participation of Ililonga, Chengala and Barnes, who color the creation and release of Give Love To Your Children. This album’s grooves hold the last, sustained shouts from one of the first Zamrock ensembles: Musi-O-Tunya exploded at the height of the Zamrock movement, scattering its members everywhere, with only this last, fiery artifact to remember them by.

Download a track from the album below.

Download: Musi-O-Tunya “When I’m Gone”
Buy: Musi-O-Tunya Give Love To Your Children on iTunes.
If you missed it: Rikki Ililonga and Musi-O-Tunya Dark Sunrise.

Update: Ngozi Family Anthology

Now-Again | Sep. 10, 2013 | News | ,

We know you’ve been waiting patiently for our Paul Ngozi and The Ngozi Family anthology – it’s certainly been one of the most complicated and intensive investigations we’ve done of one group’s music, and it looks like we’ll have it out in early to mid 2014. So, as a primer, we’re presenting you with a selection of songs from one of our favorite albums from Ngozi’s classic period – 45,000 Volts – available in two weeks via Now-Again Deluxe at Drip.fm. In this four track sampler, you’ll get a feel for where Ngozi headed with his third album: the template for his sound had changed, as he’d found a polished-yet-rugged middleground; he’d encompassed punk, funk and hard rock into his sound; he’d started hinting at the direction his later 70s albums would head, with tracks that can only be described as Zamrock-meets-Kalindula hybrids.

Subscribe Now: Now-Again Deluxe at Drip.fm.

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