Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I was too busy filling up on the great Zimbabwean pop of Thomas Mapfumo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Robson Banda, The Pied Pipers and numerous other to really take much time to investigate the sounds of Zambia. To its north the mighty rumba sounds of Congo and to the south the vibrant sway of Zimbawean jit and earthy grind of township mbaqanga. It took Globestyle to compile the first proper compilation of tunes back in the 1980s. And so here it is. Not much more to tell really except that on my only visit to Lusaka in 1990 I did spend some time at the Lusaka Music Parlour where I bought a PK Chishala record (Church Elder) and the seminal Nguashi Ntimbo's Shauri Yako. (Grumpy I will spin it at MASH IT UP!)
Zambiance! Pop Music from Zambia. Originally issued in 1989 by Ace Records on the Globestyle label. Compiled by Ben Mandelson.
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