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Uncle Rex and band release album

KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
AWARD-WINNING guitarist Uncle Rex and the Band, one of the most consistent outfits on the local front, has released a self-titled album which has 14 original songs in an eclectic mix of afro pop, Zambian groove and a touch of house and jazz.
The band, founded by Uncle Rex, has been going strong on the live music circuit for the last six years, playing at such venues as Radisson Blu Hotel, O’ Hagans and Portico Restaurant.
It also played at the Stanbic Jazz Festival and Barefeet Festival, sharing the stage with Yemi Alade, Curtis Young (son of Dr Dre) and Femi Kuti, among others.
The band is composed of vocalists Mukuni Mulundika of Idols fame, Masi Nyambe and Mark Zulu, both from the Star Search stable, Kennedy Shwana on bass guitar, John Samalama on keyboards and Smith Phiri on drums.
The band has been working on the album for the past three years, working with some well-known local producers to produce one of the most organically fluid albums by local musicians.
Of the 14 tracks on the album, one can pick on Joana (not to be confused with Jay Rox’s hit). This one is a cool summer jam on a house rhythm which has been doing well since its release as a single. As a fan favourite song, a video can be expected soon, according to Uncle Rex.
The other songs on the album are Nikudala, Leka Ni Gwilepo, The One, African Gentleman (featuring Tu-Kay), Hold My Hand (featuring Slap D), Love and Money, Try Me, Vamwine, One Way Ticket, Pretty Girl, Superwoman, Pali Mailo and Umutima Ngawa Sala (featuring Bob Muli).
The album is currently exclusively available at Portico and Casa Portico Restaurants as well as any venue where the band is performing. However, in January, it will be available at Sounds.

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