WITCH (Zambia) Waile

Desert Daze Sound
27th January 2023

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WITCH were the first band in Zambia to release a commercial album – 1973’s ‘Introduction’.

Blending the rock and roll sounds of the late 60s and early 70s together with more traditional, African rhythms, WITCH pioneered a new genre dubbed Zamrock, and during their brief, yet prolific early existence, WITCH (an acronym for We Intend To Cause Havoc) released seven albums and were the most revered band in the country.

‘Waile’ is WITCH’s first new song since 1984, and their first with original frontman and co-founder Emmanuel ‘Jagari’ Chanda since 1977. The track was a staple of their 70s live set but was never recorded until the band’s reunification.

The B-side is titled ‘Waile (Midnight Version)’. While on tour in the UK, the band took the original stems from ‘Waile’ and reworked them, adding synths and more in studio.

This is also this the first release from new Partisan label partners Desert Daze Sound.

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