Paul Ngozi - The Ghetto

“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 ten albums, another one which is famous among collectors is Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family. You will love this one if you liked the Witch and Amanaz. Great album, great artwork, a masterpiece from Zambia.” (Promo hype)

Hey there. Long time no see. Happy 2012. Much like my good compadre, Owl, these blog efforts ran aground for a spell in a much needed holiday from ye olde internet responsibilities. As a bona fide labor of love, rendered gratis for all you friends and dreamers out there, this humble adventure became a bit burdensome to maintain over the course of December. Inspiration, energy, money and time just sort of ebbed. Well, I’m back in the saddle, and happy as can be to greet the new year with this auspicious slab of newly reissued, primo Zamrock fuzz. Paull Ngozi’s The Ghetto should prove an essential addition to the canon. Hope you folks dig this goodness for real. 320 vinyl rip by yours truly. 2011 Shadoks limited edition reissue. Word.

And by the way, I might mention that I’ve come up with a sort of New Year’s type resolution related to this blog: I’m going to really do my best to start responding to you folks who’ve emailed or dropped in good comments. Its hard to overstate how much the feedback is appreciated. That said, it’s true I’ve been downright terrible about getting back to you folks sending in requests, questions, etc. I’ma get on it.

Release Information
Year: 1976 + 2011.
Country: Zambia + USA (*LP reissue).
Label: Shadoks.
Side A
1. In The Ghetto
2. Help Me
3. Anasoni
4. Who Will Know

Side B
1. Suicide
2. Bamayo
3. Can't You Hear Me
4. Ulesi Tileke
B5 Jesus Christ
Comments (31)

31 Responses

  1. Theo says:

    Hey Ghost,

    Man, don’t worry about the lack of posts, your constant dropping of primo material gives you a right of way forever. All the best and thanks heaps for the good music,


  2. ajnabi says:

    Thanks Amigo. I just posted some kalindula on my blog so good to see more Zambian music coming into the blogiverse!

  3. ajnabi says:

    Thanks Amigo. Great to see more Zambian music on the blogs. I just posted some kalindula the other day.This looks really good.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Rad! Although, I was hoping that this had that “Bushman” song.

  5. Anonymous says:

    RAD! Although I’m disappointed that this doesn’t have that ‘Bushman’ song.

  6. some dude says:

    thanks for this rip. i was on the fence about copping the re-issue because of the cost. not anymore. hey if you like the zamrock stuff check out my blog. i have a post on there by a band called THE BLACKFOOT. another awesome zam-rock band that i dont hear many people talking about.

    i am saying.

    some dude.

  7. øשlqæda says:

    welcome bach, barbery

    i’m compelled to follow suit & leave this comment twice, but that would take too long 🙂

    thx fer the jams

  8. Holly says:

    Glad to see you, Nick! Thank you very much for ripping this fine lp. Really nice.

    I do echo..echo..echo… Anon’s … Anon’s desire to find a decent copy of “Bushman” – anyone have any clues? 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    Having just been involved in a few reissue projects, I can’t understand why they’re charging $46.00 for the LP. Got the last Ngozi reissue cd for $20. Thanks for this–it’ll give me a chance to see if it’s worth it.

  10. gilhodges says:

    So chuffed to have you back, Nick. You have been so prolific 2011 (with quality outpacing quantity by a wide margin). I am content with hanging peacefully until whenever the next inspiration strikes. The cheerful and inclusive vibe you engender here is the real gift.

    And speaking of gifts, thanks for this early one for Xmas 2012!

  11. Zen says:

    This is great, thanks for sharing it man. I can always depend on your posts to be well worth hearing (and well worth buying, when I can scrape together the cash).


  12. Riz says:

    Welcome back – good to have you back on deck captain.

  13. Anonymous says:

    So, the answer, at least for me, is that I’d buy the reissue at $22, but I’m not going near it at $47. Did they make like 200 copies or something? Of course, an original’s over $400 these days:


  14. nicholab says:

    Thanks to you all for the hot tips and kind regards. It feels good to be back. I happy am. As to the inflated sticker price of these fine sounds— My thoughts exactly. No matter how you look at it, 40 bones for a single new LP is just absurdly spendy. Dope or not.

  15. holo says:

    hey, happy new year ghost! your efforts are always much appreciated by many i’m sure 🙂 this looks amazing..if it’s anything like as good as the witch then it certainly will be anyway. hope you had a good rejuvenating holiday- we all need to take a break from the internet sometimes! looking forward to anything you might drop this year and mightily appreciative of all you have done so far,agreeing completely with gilhodges..molto molto grazie

  16. Happy to come back…
    Best wishes for the new year…
    It’s diifficult to find the back cover?
    Many, many thanks!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    do you have the shin joong hyun comp?

  18. Wilder Knockenmann says:

    Super sweet to have you back, man. Thanks for this and all the great tunes present and future.

  19. Anonymous says:

    this is great! Thank you as always for a treasure find.
    Witch “lazy bones” have been a favorite of mine for years so this is a nice addition.
    But the purest zambian gold (in my opinion) is the chrissy zebby album “my ancestors” which he made with “The Ngozi family”
    Man, that is a classic!
    Anyone knows if there is more albums with mr Zebby?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thx for this
    Always a treat to check yr blog.
    means a lot,man!

    If one can have a request, I’d be sooo happy to get to hear (finally) the splendid lp
    that orchestre polyrythmo (de cotonou) did with the amazing drummer/percussionist guest
    Leopold Batteur….
    all da best /Panz

  21. meltedrubbersoul says:

    More Ngozi family related goodness? Sign me up. Youre awesome.

  22. copy ears says:

    Any chance of re-uploading. looks like multiupload is down, and this sounds amazing!

  23. issiashtwofour says:

    this looks great- if you could a re-up would be fantastic.

  24. Anonymous says:

    This looks amazing! Love the 45000 volts record. Thanks for all your great work on this blog. Anybody know another source for this download, as Multiupload doesn’t seem to be hosting the files anymore?

  25. Anonymous says:

    looks great, but link is expired. any chance of a reup?

  26. Anonymous says:

    Argh! It’s down again…

  27. Anonymous says:

    Just when I thought I had a dream late X-mas gift for my ears. If ever you have a chance to re-re-up, would be appreciated. Great blog!

  28. EdwardPfinger says:

    Hate to be a swine but is there any chance of re upload, I believe the link has expired? Btw your work is invaluable, it’s opened up an incredibly exciting world for me and I’m sure many others! Thank you and keep going!

  29. ghostcapital says:

    EdwardPfinger fixed it. sorry for the fumble-thumbs. cheers!

  30. NateAshley says:

    Nick, once again you rock! I was looking for this and of course it lead me to you.
    – Nate

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