Rikki Ililonga & Musi O Tunya

Dark Sunrise (3xLP Box Set)

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Following its issues of three essential albums – WITCH’s Introduction and Lazy Bones and Amanaz’s Africa – from the genre, Now-Again Records presents Dark Sunrise, an anthology of Zambian “Zamrock” godfather Rikki Ililonga and his groundbreaking band Musi-O-Tunya. The anthology surveys Musi-O-Tunya’s rarely heard 7? singles – not just the first psychedelic rock music, but the first pop music independently released in Zambia – their debut album Wings of Africa and follows Ililonga’s solo career in its first stages, with his Zambia and Sunshine Love albums.

This anthology contains 31 tracks of unique music that channels James Brown’s raw funk as well as Jimi Hendrix’s fuzzy psychedelia; music that flirts with Fela’s Afro-beat and Congolese rumbas and simultaneously brings the blues of Taj Majal back to Africa. Production of this anthology was overseen by Egon in conjunction with Ililonga himself and took place over a period of two years, during which time Ililonga journeyed to his home country to collect photos, ephemera and – of course – the landmark music that he and his band recorded.

Package is housed is a deluxe box, and also includes a full color book with liner notes, photos, and wonderful artifacts.