With grandparents that taught and encouraged drawing at an early age and photographer father, Damien Scogin has been working visually as long as he can remember. A recent Eastward migration has rekindled his appreciation for hardwoods and the intelligence of the average Catskill trout. He currently lives in the northern fringes of Manhattan with his wife, a brand-new daughter and a fat cat.
In “Ask me About Psych Rock in Africa,” Damien Scogin and Chris A. Smith tell the story of Keith Kabwe, a leading figure in Zambia’s psychedelic rock scene. If you’ve already read the story, check out this great playlist of Amanaz’s album “Africa,” or learn more from Now Again Records.
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- Kat Fajardo and Audrey Quinn on evolution and a fish called “The White Man’s Office” in the Lower Congo River.
- The bold history of Zambian Psychadelic Rock, by Chris A. Smith and Damien Scogin.
- Andy Warner and Lauren Sommer tour the millions of microflora in our guts.
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Keith Kabwe Khala Clip
Interview by Chris Smith
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“Its a friend who you love so much and you don’t want this person to take a wrong way.” —Keith Kabwe, former lead singer of Amanaz.
A quick audio excerpt from Chris A. Smith and Damien Scogin’s story about a Zambian Psych Rock band that was active in the 1970s. Audio courtesy of Chris A. Smith.