"Movin" On' & "Kuomboka"

Genre : Best of | World
Release date : Monday 20 january 2014
Column : Music

Left out of Now-Again's 1970s Zamrock (Zambian rock) investigations, for stylistic reasons as well as logistical concerns, were albums released after Zamrock's heyday, when the music of ‘80s Zambia came to be influenced by disco and rhumba from neighboring Congo. Bands that didn't adapt sounded outdated. Thus even Zamrock's greatest band, Witch, splintered, with a skeleton crew of core members embracing younger musicians to record and release two albums that found the band replacing fuzz guitars with whirling synthesizers and trying their hand at soul, disco and boogie.

The band privately issued two albums -'Movin' On' in 1980,'Kuomboka' in 1984 - in small quantities before a dearth of gigs and the large ensemble's overhead caused them to disband, sometime in 1985. Though but a decade separated the first and last Witch albums, the recording capabilities of most nations in sub-Saharan Africa by 1984 had caught up with the rest of the world. Finally, fans of the Witch's arch can listen to, and acknowledge, the breadth of this great band and assess for themselves the recordings of both ofWitch's incarnations.

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