Aug 30, 2012

From Zambia: Paul Ngozi

Paul Ngozi, born Paul Dobson Nyirongo (1949–1989) was a popular Zambian musician He rose to take his place at the top of Zambian Music in the 1970s and 1980s. He first became popular as the band leader of the ‘Ngozi Family’, a Band which made a mark as a top local rock group and was one of the first groups to have dubbed its type of music Zamrock.

He earned his place as a ‘sharp’ social commentator because the themes of his music were usually very close to society’s own lives and therefore easy to relate to.

He is listed at number 81 of the most popular Zambians by The Zambian online newspaper.


Paul Ngozi (Nogozi means danger) with his band gave a popular voice to what later was called "Zamrock", a cool fusion of older African rhythms and 70s rockish underground modes – never too polished, but with a tightness that might have made Anglo groups up in London sit up and take notice! The guitars are razor-sharp here which sounds great next to the harder rhythms at the bottom, and the album's mix of English and Zambian lyrics.

Paul Ngozi recorded at least 10 albums, another one which is famous among collectors is Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family, which comes out soon on Shadoks Music.
You will love this one if you liked THE WITCH and AMANAZ. Great album, great artwork, a masterpiece from Zambia!


01. In The Ghetto
02. Help Me
03. Anasoni
04. Who Will Know
05. Suicide
06. Bamayo
07. Can't You Hear Me
08. Ulesi Tileke
09. Jesus Christ

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