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In Music | Christophe Lemaire & Africa: Garage Rock from Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe


Christophe Lemaire Presents: Can’t You Hear Me – African Nuggets & Garage Rock from Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Besides being a great textile designer, Christophe Lemaire turns out to be an excellent crate-digger. In his second collaborative anthology with Now-Again’s Egon, Christophe Lemaire explores garage rock from the 1970s Africa. To be exact: Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe since we all know that Africa is not a country.

The title of the anthology comes from a track by charismatic Zamrock icon Paul Ngozi. Ngozi’s title track sets the tone for selection of seventeen songs with rebellious undertones, infectious groove, the forsaken writing about a forgotten chapter in the history of music. Ngozi, WITCH, Chrissy Zebby Tembo, Amanaz, Wells Fargo, Eye Q and the Funkees represent a generation fighting for their freedom, armed with fuzz guitars, symbolic objects of a new movement. They played in Fela’s kingly shadow, were influenced by Hendrix’s psychedelic solos, Jefferson Airplane’s penetrating chords and Cream’s repetitive melodies. The music of their colonial oppressors they reassembled and reinterpreted with pure energy, without nod to hymn or flag.

Cover design by Sanghon Kim.