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The Peace - Black Power (CD/LP, Now-Again, 2016)

Originally released in 1975, bootlegged on a very small pressing in 2008, 'Black Power' is one of the rarest and most sought-after psychedelic albums of 1970s African music. Recorded by The Peace, a band from the rock scene in Zambia (Central Africa), the record is one of those strange afro/rock/psych marvels — in the same way as those from bands such as The Witch, Amanaz ou Question Mark — nowhere to be found until then, and now carefully reissued by Californian label Now-Again Records.
Review extracted from the Paris DJs Tour Operator Magazine #1 - may/june 2016 issue

The Peace - Black Power
The Peace - Black Power
(CD/LP) Now-Again Records NA5130CD/LP, 2016-05-06

Tracklisting :
A1. Black Power
A2. I Have Got No Money
A3. This Is The Time Now
A4. I Need Mercy
A5. Peaceful Man
B1. Umbwalawa Ne Chamba
B2. I Don't Know
B3. Get On The Way

Note : First official reissue of this essential Zamrock album, painstakingly restored, remastered and pieced together from multiple copies of the incredibly rare original album. Contains extensive booklet with never before published photos, an overview of the Zamrock scene, and the history of Peace and Black Power.

Links :
The Peace : discogs | zamrock
Now-Again Records : official | discogs | facebook | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Review (in French) : Sorti en 1975, réédité sans autorisation en toute petite quantité en 2008, "Black Power" est un des albums psychédélique les plus rares et les plus recherchés de la musique africaine des années 70. Signé du groupe The Peace, issu de la scène rock de Zambie, en Afrique centrale, le disque fait partie de ces quelques merveilles étranges d'afro-rock psyché — au même titre que ceux de groupes comme The Witch, Amanaz ou Question Mark — introuvables jusqu'ici, désormais rééditées avec soin par le label Californien Now-Again.
Review extracted from the Paris DJs Tour Operator Magazine #1 - may/june 2016 issue

Press Release :
Essential garage Zamrock/soul/funk: the first official reissue of the celebrated band's one and only album.

The musical style that became known as Zamrock came to embody the economic despair that followed the 1973-1974 oil crisis, which flung Zambia into recession and exacerbated a wide range of social tensions. Much of Zamrock also captured the controversy of wider politics in Africa and the world. Perhaps the finest example of this is Black Power by The Peace.

The Boyfriends, from Kitwe's Chamboli Mine Township, supplied the founding members for Zamrock's most famous band, WITCH, and kick started one of Zamrock's best bands, Peace. Their sole Zamrock entry, Black Power, recorded at Malachite Film Studio circa 1973/4 and issued circa 1975, sounds like nothing else in the Zamrock canon: a lost message drifiting from the flower power era, imbued with a fiery Zambian voice.

Credits :
Lead Guitar & Vocals: Teddy Makombe

Rhythm Guitar: John “Music” Muma > Bruce Kaunda

Bass: “Stuggy” Joe Kunda > Gideon Mulenga > Saul Manda

Drums: George “Groovy Holy Joe” Kunda > Brower Machuta

Recorded at Malachite Studios (Chingola, Zambia)

Studio Manager: G. Phiri

Musical Director/Producer: Edward Khuzwayo

Recording Director: E.E. Mulemena

Engineer: G.K. Kachusha

Jacket Design: A+S Graphics, Ndola


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