Rikki Illilonga & Musi-O-TunyaWings Of Africa
In the same vein,the genius of multi-instrumentalist Rikki Ililonga, and the famed Musi-O-Tunya band he helped found, have been afforded little international light. Ililonga's charismatic presence and unparrelled musicality - coupled with his ability to pen deeper lyrics than most in the genre - and Musi-O-Tunya's transcendent ability to deal in difficult traditional Zambian rhythms, deep funk and unrestrained fuzz rock in equal measure, have made for some amazing albums.
Now-Again has already tackled his story with their critically acclaimed anthology Dark Sunrise, which catalogs Ililonga and Musi-O-Tunya's debut album Wings of Africa, (The first independently released pop album in Zambia) as well as two Ililonga solo records; Zambia, and Sunshine Love, across a multi-disc set with liner notes and additional ephemera which capture the brilliance and enthusiastic energy of the man's compositions.
In this same spirit, Now-Again now presents re-issues of the three records, housed in beautiful gatefold reproductions of their original packaging. All three albums stand magnificently on their own, and are a must have for any aficionado of world music, and psych-funk splendor.