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Welcome to Zamrock: Musi-O-Tunya’s Zambian Psych Revolution

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

Zambia combo Musi-O-Tunya's debut Wings of Africa isn't simply the first "Zamrock" album — that'd be "Zambian rock 'n' roll" — it's also a stunning psych-fuzz head trip, one that deftly blends Afrobeat's relentless, ricocheting rhythms with distortion-caked guitar licks. Recorded in Nairobi, Kenya, in January 1975, the album feels like a frenetic combination of Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Ghana fusioneers Osibisa. When Now Again founder Eothen Alapatt asked him some three decades later… more »