We Intend To Cause Havoc! (Now-Again Records, 2012)
Very little sub-Saharan rock music ever made it outside of Africa. In Zambia there was a music trend known as Zamrock that flourished during the mid-1970s. One the leading acts was a group called Witch. Now, thanks to Now-Again Records, the music of Witch is getting international attention thanks to an impressive 4-CD box set titled We Intend To Cause Havoc!
This attention-grabbing compilation set for release on May 22, 2012, includes Witch’s five albums and rare 7” songs. The tracks have been restored and remastered from the original tapes. In addition to the four discs, the set includes a 24-page booklet with never before seen photos; extensive liner notes; and an interview with band leader “Jagari” Chanda.
Witch’s rock music had blues rock, psychedelic and funk roots, although some of the best cuts featured in We Intend To Cause Havoc! are the afro-rock songs that incorporate a powerful and excellent rhythm section with Zambian beats.
Sadly, many of the original Zamrock pioneers were decimated by the AIDS epidemic in Zambia. Few of them survived.
The We Intend To Cause Havoc! collection will introduce to the fascinating world of Zambian rock music in the 1970s performed by one of its finest bands.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.