Various Artists - Zambiance


I’ve been saving this near-perfect compilation of uptempo guitar pop from Zambia for a rainy day. Tracks 3, 4, 6, 7…well, pretty much all are sublime. Note: my copy of the cassette is missing the final track.

The excellent Matsuli blog has posted this recording before. And it’s apparently available at Amazon.

PS: I’ll be DJing Awesome Tapes from Africa on Saturday, Sept 19 at Zebulon in Brooklyn with a bunch of cool people and performers TBA.


Side A
Mao (2X2)—Amayenge
Itumba—Alfred Chisala Kalusha
Impanga Ya Mambwe—Kalambo Hit Parade


Side B
By Air—Labani Kalunga & Fikshala Band
Nyina Kataila Pts 1&2—Kalambo Hit Parade
Tai Yaka—Ilizya
Icupo Cha Kulala Pa Mpapa—Shalawambe


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

butter teamreply
September 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm

damn. best blog ever. hope to make it out next week

September 18, 2009 at 6:20 am

Muli Shani,I’m glad to see these getting out there.Thanks for uploading them.Yes,Zambian music is pretty rare,very little out there,, put out to good comps,Zambush Vol.1&2 a couple of years ago.Na to tella.
Greentings Samboerou

September 19, 2009 at 12:14 am

to whom it may concern: Arabic apeakers, please help me with the covers of two, erm, awesome tapes I brought from Egypt and uploaded here:
thank you!

September 20, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Itumba must rank as one of my favourite African cuts of all time – bar none! Alfred Chisala Kalusha Jr. had an absolutely unique sound and his cutting out with his guitar gives me chicken skin every time…

September 23, 2009 at 7:27 pm

This blog is off the scale awesome. Please email me!

DJ Transpacificusreply
November 8, 2009 at 4:24 pm

This was actually a legit 1989 release (on vinyl and cd) from Globestyle, the visionary British label that was years ahead of everyone else in exploring global sounds with an edgier esthetic than the Putumayos of the world. This tape may actually be an African bootleg of the cd release. In fact you can still easily get the cd via Amazon.

DJ Transpacificusreply
November 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm

But I should add, yes, a FANTASTIC compilation. My personal faves are Itumba and By Air. By the way, a Globestyle discography (not quite complete I think but pretty good) is here.

January 11, 2010 at 9:40 am

thanks dude.

January 31, 2010 at 6:03 pm

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May 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Hi yea im agreed thi tape is a piece od art i really love it good work.bye,

October 5, 2010 at 10:59 am

Hi, do you have any zamrock music?


January 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

Butter Team said it best: ‘hope to make it out next week..”. (Actually, that would just be the backlog so far.) That Alfred Chisala Kalusha track from Zambia is now up there with the Franco et le Tout-Puissant OK Jazz track (for the record, Mata kita bloque) I heard on Belgian radio in 1986….THANK YOU! (and thanks, New York Times, for telling us about this site.)

October 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

I think Tai Yaka on this cassette is actually Chikwati Chanji off Julizya’s Tai Yaka album.

There’s a vinyl rip (?) download of this compilation were Tai Yaka is the right track, but going by track length info, the cd version actually repeats the mistake on this cassette. Weird.

Incidentally, Impanga Ya Mambwe only appears on the cd and this is one of two parts (I don’t know which).

Maybe someone with the cd can illuminate.

Thanks for posting as always!

justin hunter scottreply
January 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

This is one of the best tapes I’ve ever grabbed from this blog after years of downloads. The other would be the Ga highlife tape Oshite by Ebaahi Soundz. Amazing shit.

May 10, 2017 at 2:22 am

luv it. thanks so much.

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