Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Zambiance!



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.

LIMITED DOWNLOAD ("authentic" vinyl edition, no bonus tracks or digital "purity")

11 comments:

aduna said...

Hello Mat,

An incredible album! Music from Zambia is so rare. Thanks a lot.

Aduna

Matthew said...

ah, this looks ace, but the download is already unavailable for me.

Anonymous said...

It's still there Matthew - try again.

Ronald said...

This is a nice album, but while you were in Lusaka did you find anything by Nasil Pichen Kazembe? I have his lp Hot hits of and it is absolutely wonderful.

matt said...

Ronald...the record store was very depleted with mostly cassettes...so no I didn't get the one you are talking about....

Comb & Razor said...

oh damn... didn't even realize you were back!

this album looks like some good stuff...

daan42 said...

It's a nice compilation that gives a good overview and the Albert Chisala Kalusha Jr. track "Itumba" has one of the best guitar solos ever. To be honest though, I would have been much more interested in the PK Chisala album...

Ronald said...

Mat

If you like guitar band music than I think you will like Nasil Pichen Kazembe. If you see anything by him buy it.

Oleg said...

Hello, Matthew!
Could you re-upload this albom, please? I very want to listen "Kalambo hit parade" songs as I remember them in ZNBC's programme "Folk night" in 1987 watched on Soviet TV.
Thank you,
Oleg

Anonymous said...

AWESOME! Does anyone of you know ANYTHING about Albert Chisala Kalusha Jr.??? I'd be happy to hear from you. Please email "cmx AT gmx.de" (omit blanks).

Anonymous said...

reup please