Amayenge is a Zambian musical group that begun in Choma, Southern Zambia in 1978. They were initially known as the Cross-town Traffic, then The Crossbones before they picked up the name the New Crossbones. Finally, over the years they came to be known as Amayenge ASOZA (Amayenge Sounds of Zambia). The word "Amayenge‟ is a Lenje name for a coming out dance for female initiation rites which suggest dance and celebration. Kris Chali was one of the founders of the band and led the band to be the most successful band in Zambian Music history before he died on 30th May 2003. Amayenge is now managed by Frazer Chilembo. The band continues to play in Zambia, in the region, Africa and beyond.

Links To Peel

Peel discovered Amayenge through Capital Radio's Charlie Gillett in 1987 and saw the group do a concert in Oxford with his son William Ravenscroft a year later. On his show of 01 August 1988, Peel described the concert as a wonderful performance:

"Got to see them at the weekend: they were quite wonderful....Saw them playing in the South Park at Oxford, an abbreviated set by all accounts, but I had to leave before the end because our William wasn't feeling terrifically well, and we had a three-hour drive to get home with him in some pain, but he still didn't regret being there for a minute. It was a wonderful performance....Attila The Stockbroker was there, and a great number of other congenial people as well."

Amayenge were one of the few African artists to perform a session twice in one year for Peel's show. Both sessions were recorded while they were on tour in the UK in 1988.


Amayenge --- filiukotuleya

Amayenge --- filiukotuleya

1. Recorded: 1988-07-05. Broadcast: 12 July 1988. Repeated: 27 July 1988, 27 December 1988. The first session is available on The Peel Sessions (vinyl, 12" EP, 1989, Strange Fruit)

  • Chibuyubuyu / Munise Munise / Free Nelson Mandela / Filiukotuleya

2. Recorded: 1988-08-??. Broadcast: 06 September 1988. Repeated: 28 September 1988

  • Children Of Africa / Madzela Madzela / Mbikulo

Other Shows Played

Amayenge - Munise Munise

Amayenge - Munise Munise




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