Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ngozi Family - 1977 - 45,000 Volts

Ngozi Family 
45,000 Volts

01. Everything is over
02. Nizaka panga Ngozi
03. I will be with you
04. Atate
05. You don’t love me
06. Night of fear
07. Hold on
08. Timwenge tabene tabene
09. Chisoni kwanztu azimbabwe
10. Chenjelani

Paul Ngozi (guitarra, vocal)
Tommy Mwale (baixo)
Paul Ngozi
Chrissy Zebby Tembo (bateria, vocal)
Alex Kunda (percussão, congas)

 Paul Dobson Nyirongo (Paul Ngozi) was born in 1949. The first band he helped form was called the Scorpions. When that band called it quits, he joined Mosi Oa Tunya who were residing in Nairobi, Kenya. After he quit Mosi oa Tunya after only three months, Paul came back to Zambia to form the Ngozi Family Band. By this time (1975) he had earned the name ‘Ngozi’ meaning danger for his spectacular stage antics, that included playing the guitar with his teeth & because each time he took to the stage, people went crazy & there was chaos.

 He immediately signaled his presence on the local scene with the siren filled hit single, “I Have Been Looking for You” b/w “We Were not Told”. The band was Paul on lead guitar, Billy Sithenge on bass (later replaced by Tommy Mwale), & Chrissy Zebby Tembo on drums). They took the Zambian music scene by storm. Ngozi Family followed up their single with the album, Day of Judgement under the Zambia Music Palour label.

Then came 45,000 Volts recorded at Nairobi’s Sapra Studios in 1977. These albums earned Paul recognition as a insightful social commentator. The themes of his music recounted society’s own ups & downs. The lyrics are witty & poignant, they perfectly reflect the life of 1970s Zambians.The guitar is razor-sharp here. They have an almost Phil Lynott/Thin Lizzy sort of compression which sounds great next to the harder rhythms of the bass & drums. The album is a mix of English & Zambian lyrics.

There have been already a few reissues of Ngozi Family albums. This reissue is to say the least, of the same quality as the other ones, if not, at least in a very direct way, like an acid garage concept with an effective rawness, with simple direct energy songs that mostly are about directions, judgments and experiences of girls. The energy is expressive and emotionally direct. The drumming is a great variation of Afro-rock, while there are several fuzz solos, sometimes combined with bass that are worthy of note, making the group balance between a directing-to-the-public song-driven rock band and a power trio.



  2. Thank you very much!

  3. Thanks for helping with my request, but is this really what the CD reissue sounds like? I already had this rip and assumed it wasn't from the cd, because of the crackle and the hum from the ungrounded record player it was ripped from.

  4. It's an LP rip, I actually like the sound of it better than the cd

  5. Oh, ok. Is the cd sound pretty bad?