Smokey Haangala, Aunka Ma Kwacha  
Smokey Haangala
Aunka Ma Kwacha
CAN 1xLP 
Label: Seance Centre
Release Year: 2020
Style: Latin & Brasil & Afro
 
  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.
 
      Wish List  
  Price: CHF 30.00   Add to Cart  
  Releases of the same artist  
  No items found ..  
  Releases of the same label  
  Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Keyboard Fantasies  
Beverly Glenn-Copeland
Keyboard Fantasies
[Séance Centre]
TIP  
CAN 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 27.00 Restocking!
 
  Eblen Macari, Musica Para Planetarios  
Eblen Macari
Musica Para Planetarios
[Seance Centre]
CAN 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 31.00 Add To Cart
 
  Gwakasonné, Vwayajé  
Gwakasonné
Vwayajé
[Seance Centre]
TIP  
CAN 2xLP  Wish List
CHF 34.00 Add To Cart
 
  Michel Banabila, Trespassing / Marilli  
Michel Banabila
Trespassing / Marilli
[Séance Centre]
CAN 2xLP  Wish List
CHF 34.00 Add To Cart
 
  Museum Of No Art, Museum Of No Art  
Museum Of No Art
Museum Of No Art
[Seance Centre]
TIP  
CAN 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 40.00 Add To Cart
 
  Phil Struck, Schleswig-Holstein Aufnahmen  
Phil Struck
Schleswig-Holstein Aufnahmen
[Seance Centre]
CAN 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 35.00 Add To Cart
 
  Princess Demeny, New York Grief  
Princess Demeny
New York Grief
[Seance Centre]
CAN 7inch  Wish List
CHF 23.00 Restocking!
 
  Sam McClellan, Music Of The Five Elements  
Sam McClellan
Music Of The Five Elements
[Seance Centre]
CAN 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 31.00 Add To Cart
 
  Scott Gailey, Polysensuality  
Scott Gailey
Polysensuality
[Seance Centre]
CAN 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 36.00 Add To Cart
 
  Shabason / Gunning, Muldrew  
Shabason / Gunning
Muldrew
[Seance Centre]
CAN 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 30.00 Add To Cart
 
  The First Minute Of A New Day, The First Minute Of A New Day  
The First Minute Of A New Day
The First Minute Of A New Day
[Seance Centre]
TIP  
CAN 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 40.00 Add To Cart
 
38 Spesh
Stash Box (feat. Benny The Butcher)
[Air Vinyl]
Al-Dos Band
Doing Our Thing With Pride
[Kalita Records]
BAZE / Fabian M. Müller
Kraake
[Eret Music]
Christian Reim Sextet
Mona Lisa
[Jazzaggression]
Damu The Fudgemunk
Conversation Peace
[Def Presse]
Eden Ahbez
Eden's Island
[Life Goes On]
Foat, Heinola, Åkerblom
Gone To The Cats
[Jazzaggression]
Gabor Szabo
Dreams
[Skye]
Homeboy Sandman
Anjelitu
[Mello Music Group ]
Hus Kingpin
Portishus
[The Winners]
International Sangman
Death Rows And Spirit Ways
[Ish Records]
J. Cole
Off Season
[Universal ]
Little Simz
Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
[Age 101]
Maston
Souvenir
[Innovative Leisure]
MF DOOM x Damu The Fudgemunk
Coco Mango, Sliced & Diced
[Redefinition]
Street Justice & 38 Spesh
Community Service
[Air Vinyl]
Street Life
Street Education
[X-Ray Records Nyc ]
Tanya Morgan
Don & Von
[Hipnott Records]
Tha God Fahim x Your Old Droog
That Wolf On Wall St.
[Fat Beats]
The Isley Brothers
3 + 3
[Music On Vinyl]
Various
Cameroon Garage Funk
[Analog Africa]
Various
Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection
[Habibi Funk]
Various
Tougher Than Tough: Trojan Rude Boy Sounds
[Music On Vinyl]
  1. Mathieu Rossignelly/Androo
La Cadence Magique
 
  2. Foat, Heinola, Åkerblom
Gone To The Cats
 
  3. Hugo Moolenaar
Mocko Jumbie
 
  4. Androo
Sans Titre
 
  5. Bernard Walker
My Lover
 
  6. Hus Kingpin
Portishus
 
  7. Madlib
Sound Ancestors (Arranged By Kieran Hebden)
 
  8. Tha God Fahim x Your Old Droog
That Wolf On Wall St.
 
  9. Wildflower
Better Times
 
  10. Awakening
Mirage