Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Zamrock Creating Havoc

Another band from the copperbelt, The W.I.T.C.H. (short for 'We Intend To Cause Havoc') rocked Zambia in the early 1970s. One band member was still in school when they first recorded in the Malachite Studios in Chingola. Another one also played in The Peace. As their name suggests, they mostly rocked, with lots of guitar solos, wah wah fuzz boxes, and some distortion, but they also created plenty of rock-ballads.

Not much is known about the Witch: discovered by 'Groovy Holy Joe' (George Kunda), they recorded five albums and a couple of 45s in Chingola, Lusaka, and Nairobi. Shaderick Bwalya was responsible for most of The Witch's hits.

I found one album and a couple of reissue cds in Zambia. Lazy Bones has been reissued on vinyl and may still be available. Eastern and Southern Africa had their share of rock bands, probably more so than West Africa. The Anglophone influence of London's pop & rock?

The WITCH: "Havoc" & "Like a Chicken"

1 comment:

Greg Smith said...

Hi,
I wonder if you can help me. I'm looking for any info on a record by 'WAR-HEAD CONSTRICTION' their 7" single appeared on the AFRODISIA label with a subtitle of "English Hard Rock" songs: Graceful Bird c/w Shower Of Stone.
I've seen one copy in the UK, but no info anywhere in the world on this! Help! anyone?
My email address:
soundshowrecords@yahoo.co.uk