Track List

Ngozi Family - Hi Babe

Musi-O-Tunya - Musi-O-Tunya

WITCH - You Better Know (Original Version)

Blackfoot - Running

Dr. Footswitch - Everyday Has Got A New Dream

Chrissy Zebby Tembo - Born Black

Salty Dog - Fast

Teddy Chisi - Funky Lady

Crossbones - Rain & Sunshine

Born Free - I Don't Know

The Five Revolutions - Fwe Bena Zambia

Amanaz - Khala My Friend (Reverb Version)

Ricky Banda - Who's That Guy

Machine Gunners - Changa Namwele

Keith Mlevhu - Dzikolino Ni Zambia

Cosmos Zani - Poverty

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How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution. 1972-1977

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.

This is the environment in which the ’70s rock revolution that has come to be known as Zamrock flourished. Fuzz guitars were commonplace, as were driving rhythms as influenced by James Brown’s funk as Jimi Hendrix’s rock predominated. Musical themes, mainly sung in the country’s constitutional language, English, were often bleak.

In present day Zambia, Zamrock markers were few. Only a small number of the original Zamrock godfathers that remained in the country survived through the late ’90s. AIDS decimated this country, and uncontrollable inflation forced the Zambian rockers that could afford to flee into something resembling exile. This was not a likely scene to survive - but it did. Welcome To Zamrock!, presented in two volumes, is an overview of its most beloved ensembles, and a trace of its arc from its ascension, to its fall, to its resurgence.