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Very little music got outside Zambia during Kaunda's presidency and not too much change at the moment. However a very memorable moment for me was meeting with Peter Kalumba Chisala and getting him to sing Sunge Ilyashi for me at WOMAD Reading some years ago.

This page was last updated on 24/6/16.



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AMAYENGE AMAYENGE MON003 LP 0.00 COL
A cracker of an album from the late 80's with gutsy voiced Chris Chali belting out the vocals as he still does today. ( F.T.Index: Mushala, Umwana Amonekela Uluchelo, Kubatana Mu Zimbabwe,Ten Kwacha, Ina Chisungu, Keilelembe Ndeke QZ, Chifuchi Cha Zambia, Kaunda Wize, Mazela Maleza. ) [9T/43M]
AMAYENGE FILI UKOTULEYA - CHIFUCHI CHA ZAMBIA 12AMA001 12in 3.00 COL
The eleven minute Fili Ukotuleya didn't make it onto Mondeca's Ameyenge LP but four and a half minutes out of ten for Chifuchi Cha Zambia did. So if you have the LP then you are missing sixteen and a half minutes of these original tracks.
AMAYENGE MANGOMA KULILA MZB23CD CD 11.95 COL
BLACK MUNTU KOKOLIKO MRP2CD CD 12.50 COL
FIRE FAMILY MULILO-O-TUKA KARI20 LP 8.00 COL
J.K. HELENA MZB7CD CD 12.50 COL
JULIZYA TAI YAKA KARI013 LP 9.00 COL
KRIS CHALI AND AMAYENGE BAND DAILESI MZB15CD CD 12.50 COL
MASASU BAND TUWELELE MB002 CD 12.50 COL
OLIYA BAND ZNBC PRESENTS ZAMBIAN LEGENDS MZL5CD CD 12.50 COL
1. CLEMENTINA
2. CHENDA MUNDEKE
3. CHIKOKOSHI
4. MWE BALUME
5. SODOM AND GOMORRAH
6. PANTANDA PASHUPA
7. LIFE YAMANA
8. ICHIBANDA
9. MULENGA
10. BA NJONI BALABILA
PAUL MUMBA AND LEO BAND KALOWA NAMA PML002 CD 12.50 COL
Lovely album all the way through with the drummer providing a solid and interesting beat for the sweetly played guitars to show their paces. The music flows along merrily as the band all join in backing the well sung vocals of band leader Paul. Nice one. ( F.T.Index: Nkakonako Inshi, Umuchinishi Wa Nganda, Balupwa Lwandi, Kalowa Nama, Filakuka Imono, Malungu Malungu, Pa Bwinga Bwandi, Chingolongolo. ) [8T/59M]
PETER KALUMBA CHISHALA CHURCH ELDER KARI027 LP 10.00 COL
Magic album from a very hard to find artist. I had been after something of the late Professor P. K.'s for years ever since hearing his Sungi Ilyashi on the Mondeca album Zambia (MON0018). I met him at WOMAD back in the late 80's and after jumping up and down and shouting like mad in front of him and the band I actually got him to sing that song for me!!!!!!!! Highlight of the festival for me but not much for Peter who was led off stage (he was blind) and sat on a crate on his own in the entrance to the tent behind while the band and the roadies tucked into the food and drink inside. Needless to say we shared a chat, some food and a drink or two. Memories to cherrish of a wonderful singer and composer.Tracks: Impumba Mukowa, Mutete, Church Elder (Ne Lomba), Indoshi, Ubushiku Bulalepa, Iminofu Ya Mbowa.
SHALAWAMBE SAMORA MACHEL DIAB817 CD 8.95 COL
SHATEL UNBREAKABLE MZB6CD CD £ 12.50
Modern sounding album from sweet voiced singer songwriters Barbra Njovu and Saboi Imboela. Backing comes from a whole range of artists and it looks like every session musician in town has managed to squeeze into the studio to make his mark on at least one track. [14T/61]
SHIRINHEMA JAZZ BAND RUDO IBOFU ZML1037LP LP 7.00 COL
SMOKEY HAANGALA ZNBC PRESENTS ZAMBIAN LEGENDS MZL2CD CD £ 12.50
1. MANDALENA MAZABUKA
2. DAINA MONGU
3. KUZA MWANAKA
4. MA KWACHA
5. BANA BANGU
6. KU MAALA
7. PETULO
8. MANDALENA KASAMA
9. SAANGUNA ULYOOLOLE
10. BBALANGOMBE
11. BA KULUNA
12. NDAUSA
13. BO LISABETI
14. CHIFUTEFUTE
VARIOUS ARTISTS INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL IAS002 LP 8.00 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS SHANI! - THE SOUNDS OF ZAMBIA WOMAD009 LP 10.00 COL
1. LELO BALEISA. 'They are coming today' a street song in Bemba in praise of the local football team and adopted by Amayenge as their anthem and rousing introduction to their live show. 2. CHIBUYUBUYU. Traditional dance music of the Lamba people. The beat is called 'Mayenge' from which the band take their name. 3. KARIYAMA. The title means 'wild beast' in the Tumbuku dialect and the song debates the difference between the quiet, honourable life of a villager and the uncaring attitude of city people. In the village the Kanyama is feared for obvious reasons, while human beings should be respected regardless of origins or social standing. 4. MULUMBWE. A traditional Lozi song performed twice a year at a ceremony occurring at the flooding of the mighty Zambizi river and again later when it recedes to reveal the plains. At the ceremony the chief of the Lozis moves from his summer palace to his winter residence by the royal barge called Nakiwanda. 5. SALAULA Salaula refers to the second-hand clothes for the less privileged which arrive in Zambia from donor countries. They generally end up for sale on the market stalls however. Times are very hard for most working men and women; shop-bought clothes are too expensive so 'salaula' have found a very large market. 6. AMAKWEBO. Another song reflecting the prevailing economic hardships of a developing country. 'Prices rise daily, but your pay remains the same. Business has lost its direction, each morning prices take on a different shape and all that can result is deprivation. 7.KAMUSISI. (Part 1) The title refers to the name of a young man who is mourning the death of his mother bewitched and struck-down by another woman. Why should anyone do this, he asks, to such a quietly spoken and kind woman? 8. UMWANA WACHIPONDO CHANDI. 'My enemy's child' an enormous hit in Zambia for a strange song indeed. Akim assumes the role of a husband whose wife has had no children. When the so-called 'barnulamu' (brother-in-law) comes to stay he is welcomed with the usual hospitality and he stays with the couple for a year. Unexpectedly the wife becomes pregnant but the child looks nothing like the husband' How could she give birth, he asks. to his enemy's child' after such hospitality was shown in the face of such lies? 9. BASUMBULA. The title means thieves' and relates a story of an old man's bag which is snatched. Opening the bag to share the spoils the thieves discover, to their horror that it contains an 'llomba' a snake with a human head (a typical witch doctor's charm). The thieves drop the bag and make a run for it, in spite of the Ilomba's calls to be returned to his master' One-by-one the criminals strangely develop a variety of illnesses and die . - the moral of the tale is clear'. 10. UMUTI WA AIDS. AIDS is a serious problem in Zambia and P.K.'s umuti' or medicine is 'self-control'. It is a disease which cannot be healed and about which we still know very little, and yet European countries simply point the finger and blame Africa. 11. KAMUSISI (Part 2) The reprise of the beautiful song on track 7. Advice is now given to Kamusisi he should relax, he's not from this area and only travel and experience can give him proper understanding of the ways of the world This, however, only emphasises Kamusisi's loneliness and inconsolable grief for his mother. 1. LELO BALEISA
2. CHIBUYUBUYU
3. KARIYAMA
4. MULUMBWE
5. SALAULA
6. AMAKWEBO
7. KAMUSISI
8. UMWANA WACHIPONDO CHANDI
9. BASUMBULA
10. UMUTI WA AIDS
11. KAMUSISI
VARIOUS ARTISTS SHOPRITE ZAMBIA HIT PARADE MCP5MCD CD 12.50 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS SOUNDS OF ZAMBIA VOLUME 1 MCPCD1B CD 12.50 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS SOUNDS OF ZAMBIA VOLUME 2 MCPCD03 CD 12.50 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS SOUNDS OF ZAMBIA VOLUME 3 MCP6CD CD 12.50 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS ZAMBIA MON001S LP 8.00 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS ZAMBIANCE CDORB037 CD £ 13.35
VARIOUS ARTISTS ZAMBUSH VOL. 1 : ZAMBIAN HITS 1980S SWP027 CD 12.50 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS ZAMBUSH VOL. 2 : ZAMBIAN HITS 1960s/70s SWP028 CD 12.50 COL




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