Announcing Zambian Psych Reissues: Amanaz’s Africa (and a free MP3!)

Now-Again | Jan. 22, 2010 | News |

On February 16th Now-Again, in association with Germany’s Shadoks Records (and with thanks to Rikki Ililonga and collector Richard Leckie), presents the first entries in a series of reissues from Zambia’s 70s unsung (until now!) psych-rock heroes. Amanaz’s Africa and WITCH’s Lazy Bones are both masterpieces. More on Rikki and WITCH later. For now, we’ll focus on Amanaz.

This official reissue was licensed by the band’s two surviving members, vocalist Keith Kabwe and fuzz guitarist Issac Mpofu, after Rikki tracked down Keith in a remote portion of Zambia’s north on a recent trip back to his homeland. This CD comes with Egon’s liner notes detailing Zambia’s 70s scene.

In anticipation of this reissue, we’re giving you a taste now: the band’s beautiful ballad “Khala My Friend.” If we ever do a Forge Your Own Chains Vol. 2, this song is definitely going on!

Link: Amanaz: Africa
Download: Amanaz: “Khala My Friend.”
More info on our Zambian Reissues (and a picture of Rikki Ililonga) here.

7 Responses to “Announcing Zambian Psych Reissues: Amanaz’s Africa (and a free MP3!)”

  1. DJ M says:

    Again, you guys are on top of sh!t; I’m so glad I won’t have to shell out the big bucks to buy those outrageously expensive Shadoks re-issues. I can’t spend all my money on vinyl; a guy’s got to eat, too.

  2. Drinkinganddriving says:

    Egon, your the fucking man!! Bringing us absolutely amazing music that would never be heard otherwise, much love and respect!!

  3. Travis Ritter says:


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  5. Hama says:

    I love you guys mostly because im a zambian who hates modern zambian music and has tried for years to tell my fellow zambians to trully recognize the genius in a lot of the older zambian sound. I grew up on a lot of these records and probably will have to revisit the classics when i go back to zambia

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