File under: Zambia’s 70s “Zamrock.” Now-Again Records ongoing African reissue series continues. In the Fall of 2010 the label released Witch’s Introduction, the band’s self-produced nine track debut – a fuzz-laden garage vamp equal parts imported psych-rock and American r&b, all draped under a thick blanket of local flavor. This month the label digs deeper with the release of We Intend To Cause Havoc, an exhaustive 4 CD/6LP box set.
Of particular interest is the inclusion of the group’s third album, 1975’s Lazy Bones, a ‘dark, brooding psychedelic opus that makes equal use of wah-wah and fuzz guitars, relying as heavily on the stomping feel of hard rock as it does the syncopation of funk.’ That summation is not an understatement – like countrymen Amanaz and various Paul Ngozi projects of the same era, this shit is next level. The band’s final two albums included in the set – Lukombo Vibes and Including Janet – make use of traditional Zambian rhythms and folk melodies…they’re also the most “afro-rock” of Witch’s oeuvre.