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Far out… Psychedelic Rock from 1970s Africa

After we posted our review of Here Lies Man yesterday, one of our readers mentioned the influence of African psychedelic rock on their sound. Now I know I’ve criminally overlooked a seriously rad era of psych rock – whether it was the famous “Zamrock” scene from Zambian bands like WITCH, Amanaz, Ngozi Family or The Peace or the Nigerian scene which featured bands like The Hykkers, The Funkees or Tabukah ‘X.’ These bands took the influence of the psych rock coming out of the US and the UK, intertwined it with local musical styles and the otherworldly influences omnipresent in their culture and made some very sick and trippy music which in turn had an impact on the future of psych rock. Here’s a little playlist of some of the tracks and albums I found…


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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.



  1. Joseph Horowitz

    June 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Jade Mac Donnell Pete Ortiz Aaron Ranney. Check this out

  2. Marty Poulin

    June 27, 2017 at 6:23 am


  3. Max Nijholt

    June 27, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Else Marieke

  4. Christopher Befort

    June 27, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Haha here they are ! Now do the Anatolian psych rock scene next

  5. Eddie Morales

    June 27, 2017 at 2:54 am


  6. Kenn Martin

    June 27, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Fuck yes, I thankfully got into this stuff a while ago thanks to the blog Cosmic Hearse that Aesop Dekker (Ludicra, Agalloch, Vhol, etc.) used to run.

  7. Daniel Reuterskiöld

    June 27, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Urban Olsson Elias Löfhede

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