Monday, February 9, 2015

Witch - 2012 - We Intend To Cause Havoc

Witch
2012
We Intend To Cause Havoc





101. Introduction
102. Home Town
103. You Better Know
104. Feeling High
105. Like a Chicken
106. See You Mama
107. That's What I Want
108. Try Me
109. No Time
110. Living in the Past
111. Young Lady
112. Chance
113. It's Alright
114. I've Been Away
115. I Like the Way I Am
116. The Only Way
117. Smiling Face
118. She Is Mine
119. Mashed Potato

201. Black Tears
202. Motherless Child
203. Tooth Factory
204. Strange Dream
205. Look Out
206. Havoc
207. October Night
208. Off My Boots
209. Lazy Bones
210. Little Clown
211. Talking Universe
212. Evil Woman
213. Sweet Sixteen
214. Toloka
215. 81st Crowd Confusion
216. Up the Sky

301. Thou Shalt Not Cry
302. Bleeding Thunder
303. Devil's Flight
304. Blood Donor
305. Nasauka
306. Evening of My Life
307. Kangalaitoito
308. See-Saw
309. Chifundo
310. Fool's Ride

401. Janet
402. As Days Go By
403. Ntedelakumbi
404. In Flight
405. Nazingwa
406. Silver Lady
407. Anyinamwana
408. Mama Feel Good
409. The Way I Feel

Chris Mbewe (lead guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar), John Muma (rhythm guitar, vocals), Gedeon Mulenga (bass), Boidi Sinkala (drums), Emanyeo Jagari Chanda (vocals, cowbells, marracas)



 A pioneering group from the nation of Zambia, Witch (the name was an acronym, standing for We Intend To Cause Havoc) were one of the defining acts of Zamrock, a fusion of Western rock and rhythm & blues with traditional African sounds; they were among Zambia's most popular and influential bands in the 1970s as a wave of psychedelic and hard rock gained an audience in Africa.

A landlocked nation in the South of Africa, Zambia was formerly Northern Rhodesia until gaining its independence in 1964, and as Zambia established its own national identity, local musicians began embracing the progressive influences of artists such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix, as well as the forward-thinking soul and funk sounds of James Brown.

By the mid-'70s, Zambia was falling into political chaos as the nation's once profitable mining industry ran dry, and many Zamrock bands reflected this with a darker, more psychedelic-influenced sound that suggested a familiarity with the likes of Deep Purple and Grand Funk Railroad.

Witch included vocalist Emanyeo "Jagari" Chanda, guitarists Chris Mbewe and John Muma, bassist Gedeon Mulenga, and drummer Boidi Sinkala, who were veterans of Zambian cover bands of the late '60s; Chanda (whose nickname "Jagari" came from his fascination with Mick Jagger, one of his strongest influences) had worked with the Red Balloons and the Boyfriends (the latter group would evolve into another key Zamrock outfit, Peace), while most of the other members were members of Kingston Market. In 1971, Chanda sang with Kingston Market at a school function, and he was soon invited to join the group; they soon changed their name to the Mighty Witch, and then simply Witch, using the acronym they'd coined as explanation. Fueled by marijuana and Western rock and soul, the group's debut album, Introduction, was released in 1972, and was among the first commercially released LPs issued in Zambia.

Witch's third album, 1975's Lazy Bones!!, is generally regarded as their finest work; while they were hampered by the primitive recording technology available in Africa, they developed a large following in Zambia and were playing stadium-sized shows throughout the continent.

After Witch toured as an opening act for Osibisa, the U.K.-based Afro-rock band, they began including more local influences on their final two albums, Lukombo Vibes and Including Janet (Single), but in 1977 the group began to splinter when Chanda left the band to return to school and become a teacher, and the rise of disco and loss of venues for live music did the rest.

Chanda also became a born-again Christian, which he cites as one of the reason he avoided the fate that befell his bandmates; as the AIDS epidemic swept through Africa, the Zambian musical community was hit especially hard, and like most key Zamrock musicians of the 1970s, Mbewe, Muma, Mulenga, and Sinkala all succumbed to the disease.

In the 21st century, crate diggers interested in idiosyncratic rock sounds from around the world rediscovered Witch, and the German reissue label Shadoks brought out new CD editions of Introduction and Lazy Bones!! In 2012 the American label Now Again Records released a comprehensive Witch box set that featured their five studio albums plus a bonus collection of single tracks and unreleased material.

By the mid 1970s, the Southern African nation known as the Republic of Zambia had fallen on hard times: self-imposed, single party rule; a decline in prices for the country's largest natural resource, copper; conflict in other countries on Zambia's borders. This is the environment in which the Zamrock scene that flourished throughout that decade emerged. As we showed in this label's previous investigation into the genre (Rikki Ililonga and Musi-O-Tunya s Dark Sunrise NA 5067) fuzz guitars were commonplace, driving rhythms as influenced by James Brown's funk as Jimi Hendrix's rock predominated, musical themes were often bleak and bands largely sang in the country s constitutional language, English. Although WITCH is the best known Zamrock ensemble and although they succeeded in releasing five albums in Zamrock's golden years they never made an impact on the global scale in, say, the way afro-beat maestro Fela Kuti did. Travel to and within Zambia is expensive, and the markers for the Zamrock scene are now few. Only a small number of the original Zamrock godfathers survived the AIDS epidemic that decimated this country. WITCH's musical arc is contained to a five year span: The band's first two, self-produced albums - released in unison with the birth of the commercial Zambian recording industry are exuberant experiments in garage rock, and are as influenced by the Rolling Stones as they are James Brown; their third album, Lazy Bones!!, is the band s masterpiece a dark, brooding psychedelic opus that makes equal use of wah-wah and fuzz guitars, that relies as heavily on the stomping feel of hard rock as it does the syncopation of funk; the band's last two albums recorded after the band toured with Osibisa make use of traditional Zambian rhythms and folk melodies and are the most "afro-rock" of WITCH's oeuvre. We ve grouped together WITCH's albums stylistically. Thus, the band's first two, self-produced albums appear on Disc One; Lazy Bones!! and its related 7" single tracks appear on Disc Two, Lukombo Vibes and its 7" single tracks appear on Disc Three and Including Janet (Hit Single) appears on Disc Four.

The complete works of Zambia’s legendary garage-, psych-, prog-, funk-,afro-rock ensemble. 1972-1977: WITCH’s five albums and rare 7” tracks presented as a 4 CD and 6LP box set. Restored and remastered from the original tapes. Out NOW.

WITCH is the best known Zamrock ensemble – they succeeded in releasing five albums in Zamrock’s 70s heyday. Although there have been two previous WITCH reissues by the Shadoks company, this 4 CD/6LP box set marks the first time that their entire catalog – including rare, 7?-only tracks, all restored and remastered from the original tapes – has been available outside of Zambia.

WITCH’s first two, self-produced albums – Introduction and In The Past, released in unison with the birth of the commercial Zambian recording industry – are exuberant experiments in garage rock, and are as influenced by the Rolling Stones as they are James Brown. Their third album, Lazy Bones!!, is the band’s masterpiece – a dark, brooding psychedelic opus that makes equal use of wah-wah and fuzz guitars, that relies as heavily on the stomping feel of hard rock as it does the syncopation of funk. The band’s last two albums – Lukombo Vibes and Including Janet, recorded after the band toured with Osibisa – make use of traditional Zambian rhythms and folk melodies. They are the most “afro-rock” of WITCH’s oeuvre.

These 54 rare and unreleased songs are presented as a 10? x 6? hardbound 4 CD box set with a 24 page booklet and as 6 LPs – each with the original cover art – housed in a slipcase box with a 16 page booklet. The 6 LP box set is limited to 1000 pieces.

2 comments:



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  2. I already have a lossless copy of this, i'm just surprised to see no comments around it, which is disappointing.. to the public : this contains some of the best Zambian and African Garage Rock you can ever meet, Raw and funky like no others, soulful, fuzzy and really as great as any great performance you care to mention,.. we're lucky enough this large repertory makes it to Cds unlike many great lost albums,.. Thanks to bands like this one, i ceased giving a damn interest to big 'arse corporations (bands) like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, ... Witch are legendary,.. and they do Deliver...
    Anyway ;
    Please Keep it up, Excellent choices, noble mission x) Best regards To you sir.

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