Salty Dog

Salty Dog were a Zambian rock quartet of the mid-1970s. The band issued two singles and a 1976 self-titled album on the local Zambezi label. Members: Norman Muntemba (vocals, bass, tambourine), Alex Mwilwa (drums), Hassan Hassan (drums), Jackie Mumba (guitar, vocals) Of the album’s ten cuts, the bi-chordal/cymbal-rattling “Have You Got It,” the tom/snare-wrestled “Fast,” […]

Asiko Rock Group

Asiko Rock Group was a Nigerian ensemble that released a singular album titled Rock Group on EMI in 1976. Members: Njoubi Basile (bass), Z. Joseph Bolandi (vocals, keyboards), Ntaillou Idrissou (guitar), Ndovmbe Jylvand (trumpet), Essombe Antoine Madie (vocals, percussion), Paul Monnu (drums), Evgene Ndema (guitar) Discography: Rock Group (1976)

Witch

Witch were a Zambian zamrock band that formed in 1971 and was active for 14 years. The band released seven albums on the ZMP, Teal, and Gallo labels. The albums Lazy Bones!! (1975) and Lukombo Vibes (1976) were instrumental in drawing foreign ears to the African nation’s zam/psych sound. Guitarist John Muma and bassist Gedeon […]

Ngozi Family

Ngozi Family were a Zambian zamrock band that was active during the mid-to-late 1970s. Eight albums bearing the nameplate appeared on ZMP and Chris Editions, with two highlighting the presence of drummer Chrissy Zebby Tembo. The band’s namesake frontman/guitarist Paul Ngozi concurrently recorded as a solo artist. Members: Paul Ngozi (lead guitar, vocals), Chrissy Zebby […]

Otis Waygood Blues Band

The Otis Waygood Blues Band was a Zimbabwean hard-rock/psych combo that released three albums on Parlophone circa 1970/71. Despite their brief recorded run, the band were active for 11 years in their adopted market of Johannesburg, South Africa. Members: Martin Jackson (vocals, flute), Ivor Rubinstein (vocals, percussion), Rob Zipper (vocals, guitar, saxophone), Benny Miller (guitar), […]

Michael Gibbs

Michael Gibbs (born Sept. 25, 1937) is a Rhodesian jazz-rock/Third Stream trombonist, keyboardist, composer, conductor, and producer. He started recording as a leader in 1970, having established his reputation among the U.S. New Music cognoscenti during the early 1960s and on the U.K. jazz and rock scenes during the latter part of the decade. During […]

Tirogo

Tirogo were a Nigerian Afro-funk/psych band that released three albums on EMI between 1977 and 1980. The band’s first album, Float, gained newfound popularity when it was reissued by Shadoks and QDK in the late 2000s. Members: Elvy Akhionbare, Funmi Onabolu, Godwin Debogie, Wilfred Ekanem, Wilfred Iwang In 2013, Afrobeat merchants Voodoo Funk selected the […]

Ofege

Ofege were a Nigerian Afro-psych band formed by Obalende teenagers in the early 1970s. The band released two albums on EMI, drawing international ears to the West African scene. Two further albums appeared later in the decade on Polydor. Members: Melvin “Noks” Ukachi (vocals), Felix Inneh (guitar), Dapo Olumide (keyboards), Paul Allade (bass, vocals), M-Ike Meme […]

Peter King

Peter King is a Nigerian Afrobeat musican who was active during the 1970s. He released four albums on Orbitone between 1975 and 1978 and a further two albums on Grandstar Records the following year. During the 2000s, he became an icon of the burgeoning Rare Groove community when his lost 1974 album Shango was issued […]

Nkengas

Nkengas were a Nigerian highlife ensemble that released two albums on Orbitone in 1973. The band subsequently morphed into the Ikenga Super Stars of Africa. Members: Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe (vocals), George Atomba, Linus Opara, Pele Asampete Discography: Destruction (1973) Nkengas in London (1973)