Saturday, May 15, 2010

Danger!

Another great Zambian psych gem for you. The Ngozi family first came to my attention through their amazing 1974 collaboration with guitarist Chrissy Zebby Tembo. The Ngozi family was led by Paul Ngozi. In 1977 Paul brought his fine family into the studio and the result was the album, 45,000 Volts. Interestingly enough, Ngozi means danger, and you, my friend are in danger of having your mind blown by this records fuzzed out greatness. Rumor has it that a scant 600 LPs were pressed, making this collector nerd boner bait right here. It would seem that the good folks at Normal Records of Germany have been reissuing some of these lost Zambian treasures (Amanaz, Witch,) maybe this one is on deck. Until then...

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

dude, post more black metal you lil bitch.

Aesop said...

Classless ape.

EAO said...

Love that vocal delay on Night of Fear! It's amazing to think that this kind of music was going on in other parts of the world and not just in Europe and America. Fuck yeah rock and roll!!! And fuck yeah metal!! Thanks Aesop.

EAO said...

I remember when I was only in to one kind of music. It sucked for me too dude...

Aesop said...

Someone just read about Black Metal in Vice and needs me to hold their hand through it.

Anonymous said...

This just made my night (day?). A thousand thank yous

Andrew said...

Nail: hit on head.

Anonymous said...

Post more black metal *and* more kick-ass old African tunes and more of whatever else you like. The variety is part of what makes this blog so good.
And speaking of kick-ass stuff from Africa, thanks for latest example. That Chrissy Zebby Tembo album is one of my favorite things ever, so I bet this is gonna be great, too.

Grk! said...

Thanks for both Ngozis!

Anonymous said...

One of the best music blogs on the web. So glad you are back in business. (even though I usually pass on the black metal offerings...)

Anonymous said...

Painfully awkward lyricism. Im a total sucka for minimally or non english speaking bands trying their damdest with complete conviction...yeahhhh-Did ya ever hear the Mexican band The Dug Dugs?-Smog is prime. Anyway fergot my dawg gone password-Rp az iz Kreamy et/al

abdul alhazred said...

Excellent, I can't seem to get enough of this stuff. This is my favorite facet of the Hearse, maybe. Post whatever the fuck you wish!

Phantom Hugger said...

Fucking Amazing! Thank you for this.

To my ears these Zambian albums have an early Black Sabbath vibe to them. Very intimate. I love the soulful lo-fi aspect.

Anonymous said...

This stuff is beyond mind-blowing all of that obscure black metel stuff is great too, but there is far more that needs to be heard.
Thanks agaon, Aesop

-anonymous jew

Anthony said...

This Rocks!! thnX Ace!

KombatRock! said...

Yes, this is did blow my mind. "You dont love me" almost made me cry. Phenomenal.

Nid said...

Another winner! Chrissy Zebby Tembo, Amanaz, The Witch, The Peace - I love all that stuff! Lost touch with the Hearse there for a while, but it looks like my timing was perfect for checking back in.

matthew said...

thanks man you are the best

Anonymous said...

"Atate" is the cut

SOLANA DIAZ said...

I love this record.thank you for posting and welcome back.

Anonymous said...

I have been jamming this non-stop and have been trying to turn other psych-Sab types onto it as well. I would say this is my favorite of the Afropsych records you have posted— guitar-fuzz-heavier than the others...but the great vocal melodies of Amanaz are killer too. Thanks so much for this stuff. I’ve barely heard of it anywhere else, though there was a guy on NPR a year or so ago who used to do a show called “Afropop Worldwide” or something. If it is news to you, this record appears to have been reissued by No Smoke in 2009 (note Fontana Records-like logo in the corner of the cover art).

Found this vid, apparently Ngozi died in 1989: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgiMDuKYot4

The song in the is funny to me because the drums sound like the 808 drum pattern for this italo classic— http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGxZipASIdc
but instead of the familiar cowbell sound, Ngozi uses a 12-string guitar. Plus the logo on the record sleeve in the first pic was nicked off the logotype for Apocalypse Now.

Welcome back,
JMD/Michigan

Aesop said...

Thanks, JMD for the info. If you, or anybody else are holding any Afro-psych/Zamrock treasures let me know. Still have Blackfoot "Footsteps" waiting in the wings, oh you will love that record as well.

Slobodan Burgher said...

Love this so much, with the Chrissy Tembo album, been playing both like mad for a long time. Very addictive.

How those Norwegians knew about this band back in the 1990s if beyond me. For so long I was wondering who that Ngozi band was, thinking it must have been some random African bargain bin record... See:
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=759904

meltedrubbersoul said...

Consider my boner baited--this shit's awesome!

Anonymous said...

Damn - comin' thru for us again, Aesop! Really diggin' on this. Flangerific!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the rare(new to me) music. Look forward to listening. Great blog!

Anonymous said...

Quality, as usual!
M.