Can’t You Hear Me?
There are many narratives in African music in the 1960s and 1970s and new ones pop up all the time. Can’t You Hear Me? sees French designer Christophe Lemaire dig deep for energetic and spirited garage rock nuggets from Zambia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. The 1970s were the years of socio-political struggle and turmoil in those countries and the music that was produced and recorded echoes those concerns. Paul Ngonzi’s title track is a case in point, a track that sets out to make a passionate stand in the middle of an infectiously funky groove. Others, too, were similarly inspired, with Witch, Chrissy Zebby Tembo ( I’m Not Made of
Iron is one of the compilation highlights), Wells Fargo, Eye Q and many other unheralded acts making music that moved head and feet. nowagainrecords.com