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Africa

Amanaz

  • Label: Now Again
  • Origin: United States
  • Genres: Afro, Afro Funk, Afro Rock, Funk, Psychedelia, Rock, Tropical, World
  • Format: 2 x LP
  • Catalogue number: NA5123LP
£24.99

Availability: In stock

Description

Issued in 1975, this is the articulation of Zambia’s Zamrock ethos. While other albums – Rikki Ililonga’s Zambia, WITCH’s Lazy Bones!!  – are competitors, it’s hard to best this album as it covers each major quadrant of the Zamrock whole: it came from the mines; its musicians were anti-colonial freedom fighters, it envelops Zambian folk music traditions, and it rocks – hard.

Africa was issued in two separate mixes and two separate presses in 1975: one version is dry, with the vocals and drums mixed loud, the other slathered in reverb, with the vocals and drums disappearing into the mix, and with the guitar solos mixed much louder. Africa’s master tapes are long lost, but we have restored both versions in new transfers from the absolute cleanest copies of this incredibly rare album and presented them both in a 2 LP set. Also included: an extensive booklet containing an essay on the album and detailing the history of the Zamrock scene and this album, with notes from Amanaz’s Isaac Mpofu and Keith Kabwe and rare photos. Download card included.

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Africa

Samples

Tracklist

Side 1
1. "Amanaz"
2. "I Am Very Far"
3. "Sunday Morning"
4. "Khala My Friend"
5. "History Of Man"
6. "Nsunka Lwendo"
Side 2
1. "Africa"
2. "Green Apple"
3. "Making The Scene"
4. "Easy Street"
5. "Big Enough"
6. "Kale"
Side 3
1. "Amanaz" (reverb mix)
2. "I Am Very Far" (reverb mix)
3. "Sunday Morning" (reverb mix)
4. "Khala My Friend" (reverb mix)
5. "History Of Man" (reverb mix)
6. "Nsunka Lwendo" (reverb mix)
Side 4
1. "Africa" (reverb mix)
2. "Green Apple" (reverb mix)
3. "Making The Scene" (reverb mix)
4. "Easy Street" (reverb mix)
5. "Big Enough" (reverb mix)
6. "Kale" (reverb mix)

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