AUNKA MA KWACHA by SMOKEY HAANGALA

SKU110432
ArtistSMOKEY HAANGALA
TitleAUNKA MA KWACHA
LabelSEANCE CENTRE
Catalog #18SC
Genre
ReleaseW 47 - 2019
FormatVinyl - CANLP
Exclusive
€ 28,50incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. Saanguna Lyoolole
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/1/18_sc_aunka_ma_kwacha/a1.mp3
  2. Amafuna Kanyama
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/1/18_sc_aunka_ma_kwacha/a2.mp3
  3. Cinyala Munyanaka
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/1/18_sc_aunka_ma_kwacha/a3.mp3
  4. Read it Again
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/1/18_sc_aunka_ma_kwacha/a4.mp3
  5. Tulondoke
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/1/18_sc_aunka_ma_kwacha/a5.mp3
  6. Flowers on My Grave
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/1/18_sc_aunka_ma_kwacha/a6.mp3
  7. Lungowe
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/1/18_sc_aunka_ma_kwacha/b1.mp3
  8. Ma Kwacha No.2
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/1/18_sc_aunka_ma_kwacha/b2.mp3
  9. Times and Changes
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/1/18_sc_aunka_ma_kwacha/b3.mp3
  10. Ndausa
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/1/18_sc_aunka_ma_kwacha/b4.mp3
  11. Iwe Maliya
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/1/18_sc_aunka_ma_kwacha/b5.mp3
  12. Maybe Tomorrow
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/1/18_sc_aunka_ma_kwacha/b6.mp3

Description

Reissue of this 1976 LP from Zambia. Deep minimal African music, lovely compositions over scarce drum machines and (fuzzy) guitars.. Beautiful music with a deeper message in the lyrics which is explained better in the long review below.

Some words from the label.

There is music that falls right into place, a perfectly articulated expression of a few distinct influences. Then, there is another kind of median music, something more mysterious, the result of time, place, technology, and alchemy. Zambian writer and musician Smokey Haangala’s Aunka Ma Kwacha (The Money is Gone) released in 1976 is an example of this more mystical metallurgy, falling somewhere between psychedelic Zamrock, US folk, Kalindula, and Sundown Beat (music played after dark) from Tongaland. The unique mix of languages on the album (Bemba, Tonga, Lozi, and English) also suggest this complex cultural crossroads. Underlying the whole album is the insistent beat of a simple drum machine, which was totally unheard of in Zambia at the time, and parallels pioneering experiments by Francis Bebey, Sly Stone, and Shuggie Otis, utilizing a technology which would later come to define dance music. Then there’s the album’s original artwork by Peter Kependa, done in style similar to the infamous Jamaican dancehall illustrator Wilfred Limonious, interpreting the album’s title and primary theme; the burden of financial inequality.

In this sense the album is political, but the theme is extrapolated and explored through its impact on personal life; love, marriage, social status, and diet. The album is full of cautionary tales, folklore and references to magic, aspects of Zambian culture simultaneously mystifying and alluring to outsiders, part of what attracted Western readers to Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola’s hallucinatory Yoruba folktales. After becoming a household name in Zambia for his music, writing, and television appearances, Smokey Haangala died at the age of 38, the very week his book The Black Eye was published, abruptly ending his brilliant and ascending career. We are lucky to have his inimitable work to remember him by, Aunka Ma Kwacha resting comfortably in the pantheon of re-visionary works by Rodriguez, Kissoon Ramasar, TJ Hustler, and William Onyeabor.

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