Mike Nyoni and Born Free’s Story – Welcome To Zamrock!

Now-Again | Jun. 27, 2017 | News |

On sale at our webstore at Rappcats: Welcome To Zamrock! Vols. 1 and 2.

LP/Book/Bundle ships immediately from our store.

Born Free was founded in 1972 by bandleader, drummer and vocalist Nicky Mwanza, but the band never recorded until a complete personnel change. Star-in-the-making Mike Nyoni joined as vocalist and lead guitarist; Zimbabwean-born Peter Lungu replaced Mwanza on drums; Joseph Musonda alternated between rhythm and bass guitar. Mwanza went on to form Cross Town Traffic, and Nyoni’s Born Free signed to ZMPL, recording the album Mukaziwa Chingoi (Promotion) LP in 1975.

The album showcases Nyoni’s talents first and foremost, and betrays a study of funk: this is not a fuzz guitar showcase, but a wah-wah guitar dominated album – the instrumental “Mad Man” sounds like it could have been cut in Detroit, Michigan in the early ’70s.
 
After Born Free, Nyoni went solo, signing to Christopher Ndhlovu’s Chris Editions for two albums: Kawalala (c. 1977) and his most straight forward funk/soul release I Can’t Understand You (c. 1978). This last album was released in Kenya and France with different cover art as an AIT/Reprise album, and it set up Nyoni for a string of kalindula releases in the 1980s. He gigged on his own and with Sounds Unlimited and Broadway Quintet before his death in the ’90s.

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Out Now: Welcome To Zamrock! Vols. 1 & 2

Now-Again | May. 30, 2017 | News |

On sale now at our webstore at Rappcats: BOTH Welcome to Zamrock! Vol. 1 AND Welcome To Zamrock! Vol. 2

How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution. 1972-1977. An overview of the Zamrock scene, from its ascension to its fall to its resurgence, presented as two volumes, both as 2LPs and hardcover book/CDs.

Both volumes are out WW and we’re offering the individual formats and a special bundle of each volume at our Rappcats webstore.

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 as he supported rebel movements in neighboring countries Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and stood up against apartheid South Africa.

This is the environment in which the 70s rock revolution that has come to be known as Zamrock flourished. It’s no wonder that the Zambian musicians taken by American and European influences gravitated to the dark side of the rock and funk spectrum. Fuzz guitars were commonplace, as were driving rhythms influenced by James Brown’s funk and Jimi Hendrix’s rock. Musical themes, mainly sung in the country’s constitutional language, English, were often bleak.


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Various – Welcome To Zamrock! Vol. 2

Now-Again | Aug. 17, 2016 | Catalog | ,

Buy it here.

Tracklist:

Book/CD :

3:53 Crossbones Really
3:03 Amanaz History of Man
3:17 WITCH Strange Dream
3:31 Rikki Ililonga Stop Dreaming Mr. D
2:48 The Five Revolutions Poor Man
3:27 Keith Mlevhu Love And Freedom
2:38 Born Free Mad Man
6:52 Dr. Footswitch Otenta
3:26 Tinkles Mpundu
3:44 Salty Dog See The Storm
3:22 Fireballs Umwana Wakusanga Mung’anda
7:08 Peace Umbwalwa Ne Chamba
5:49 Oscillations Request To God
4:52 Musi-O-Tunya Katonga
4:02 Ngozi Family Hold On
3:17 Chrissy Zebby Tembo I’m Not Made Of Iron
3:50 Jesper Silya Lungu Hot Do
4:15 Mike Nyoni SM

LP:

A
3:53 Crossbones Really
3:03 Amanaz History of Man
3:17 WITCH Strange Dream
3:31 Rikki Ililonga Stop Dreaming Mr. D
2:48 The Five Revolutions Poor Man

B
3:27 Keith Mlevhu Love And Freedom
2:38 Born Free Mad Man
6:52 Dr. Footswitch Otenta
3:26 Tinkles Mpundu
3:44 Salty Dog See The Storm

C
3:22 Fireballs Umwana Wakusanga Mung’anda
7:08 Peace Umbwalwa Ne Chamba
5:49 Oscillations Request To God
4:52 Musi-O-Tunya Katonga

D
4:02 Ngozi Family Hold On
3:17 Chrissy Zebby Tembo I’m Not Made Of Iron
3:50 Jesper Silya Lungu Hot Do
4:15 Mike Nyoni SM

This compilation produced by Eothen Alapatt.
Liner notes by Eothen Alapatt and Leonard Koloko, with contributions by Chris A. Smith.

Restoration and remastering by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters, Los Angeles.
Art direction by Errol Richardson for Busy Monster, Toronto, Canada.

2LP, Hardcover Book with CD, Digital. 2017. NA 5148.

Various – Welcome To Zamrock! Vol. 1

Now-Again | Jul. 12, 2016 | Catalog | ,

Buy it here.

Tracklist:

Book/CD:

4:04 Ngozi Family Hi Babe
4:10 Musi-O-Tunya Musi-O-Tunya
3:30 WITCH You Better Know (Original Version)
3:52 Blackfoot Running
2:35 Dr. Footswitch Everyday Has Got A New Dream
3:20 Chrissy Zebby Tembo Born Black
4:52 Salty Dog Fast
3:56 Teddy Chisi Funky Lady
4:37 Crossbones Rain & Sunshine
4:33 Born Free I Don’t Know
4:24 The Five Revolutions Fwe Bena Zambia
3:28 Amanaz Khala My Friend (Reverb Version)
4:40 Ricky Banda Who’s That Guy
3:50 Machine Gunners Changa Namwele
5:02 Keith Mlevhu Dzikolino Ni Zambia
4:12 Cosmos Zani Poverty

LP:

A
4:04 Ngozi Family Hi Babe
4:10 Musi-O-Tunya Musi-O-Tunya
3:30 WITCH You Better Know (Original Version)
3:52 Blackfoot Running

B
2:35 Dr. Footswitch Everyday Has Got A New Dream
3:20 Chrissy Zebby Tembo Born Black
4:52 Salty Dog Fast
3:56 Teddy Chisi Funky Lady

C
4:37 Crossbones Rain & Sunshine
4:33 Born Free I Don’t Know
4:24 The Five Revolutions Fwe Bena Zambia
3:28 Amanaz Khala My Friend (Reverb Version)

D
4:40 Ricky Banda Who’s That Guy
3:50 Machine Gunners Changa Namwele
5:02 Keith Mlevhu Dzikolino Ni Zambia
4:12 Cosmos Zani Poverty

This compilation produced by Eothen Alapatt.
Liner notes by Eothen Alapatt and Leonard Koloko, with contributions by Chris A. Smith.

Restoration and remastering by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters, Los Angeles.
Art direction by Errol Richardson for Busy Monster, Toronto, Canada.

2LP, Hardcover Book with CD, Digital. 2017. NA 5147.

Finally Out Now! Peace’s Zamrock Masterpiece “Black Power”

Now-Again | May. 4, 2016 | News | ,

ON SALE AT OUR WEBSTORE AT RAPPCATS: PEACE – BLACK POWER

After a year’s delay, we’re stoked to announce Black Power is shipping in all format at our webstore at Rappcats! This is the first official reissue of this essential Zamrock album.

Peace was one of of Zamrock’s best bands, kick-started by groups The Boyfriends and WITCH from Chamboli Mine Township, Kitwe, Zambia. Black Power was their sole release, recorded at Malachite Film Studio circa 1973-74 and issued circa 1975, sounds like nothing else in the Zamrock canon: a lost message drifting from the flower power era, imbued with a fiery Zambian voice.

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