Rikki Ililonga


Rikki Ililonga is a psychedelic rock musician who gained prominence as a member of the influential "Zamrock" band Musi-O-Tunya in the 1970's. While touring with Musi-O-Tunya, Ililonga rose to fame within the boundaries of his homeland, and soon branched out as a solo artist. Ililonga’s solo work shows an even more powerful, and at times more subdued side. The range is everything from Bob Dylan-esque folk tunes to fuzzy, psych rock tracks- no less impressive than anything Jimi Hendrix cranked out in his heyday. The songs, mostly in English, also contain passages in Silozi, Chinyanja and Ichibemba. In a country still emerging from the pressure of colonialism, this was an important proclamation of Zambian identity in the face of the once commonplace denigration of all things African. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.