04
Sep
ICE-006 OUT NOW!
If Movin’ On is Witch’s Rumours then Kuomboka is their Tusk; a remarkable follow-up to a timeless album that shows the band taking greater risks in songwriting and playfully experimenting with production techniques. This album is Witch’s stunning swansong before the fast-changing music industry and political environment in Zambia took its toll on the group. Again rooted in American FM radio, from soft rock ballads to boogie, this album sees the group embrace their Zambian roots to a greater degree, which is reflected in the rhythms and even the title of the album. This time around Patrick Mwondela pushes his synth work and electronic production to a whole other level. Kuomboka is the unforgettable last voyage of this legendary band.



European distribution by Rush Hour. For North American distribution inquiries please contact us direct: invisiblecityeditions@gmail.com
Artwork by Todd Westendorp(p) & (c) Invisible City EditionsICE-006

ICE-006 OUT NOW!

If Movin’ On is Witch’s Rumours then Kuomboka is their Tusk; a remarkable follow-up to a timeless album that shows the band taking greater risks in songwriting and playfully experimenting with production techniques. This album is Witch’s stunning swansong before the fast-changing music industry and political environment in Zambia took its toll on the group. Again rooted in American FM radio, from soft rock ballads to boogie, this album sees the group embrace their Zambian roots to a greater degree, which is reflected in the rhythms and even the title of the album. This time around Patrick Mwondela pushes his synth work and electronic production to a whole other level. Kuomboka is the unforgettable last voyage of this legendary band.

European distribution by Rush Hour.
For North American distribution inquiries please contact us direct: invisiblecityeditions@gmail.com

Artwork by Todd Westendorp
(p) & (c) Invisible City Editions
ICE-006

16
Jul
(The Witch circa Movin’ On)
PATRICK MWONDELA: FLYING HIGH IN AFRICAN SKIES
The recording of Movin’ On was revolutionary for the Zambian band WITCH. The band went down south from Zambia to participate in the independence celebrations of Zimbabwe in 1980. We were meant to be curtain raisers for Bob Marley & the Wailers but they didn’t make it to Harare. We had delayed our journey for security reasons. Freedom fighters were still at large and still out in the bush and on roads. When we finally arrived the next day we performed in Barbourfiels stadium in Bulawayo. It was renown to be a ‘whites only’ stadium. We were the first black african band to ever step foot, let alone play there to a multi-racial audience for the first time in the history Southern Rhodesia becoming Zimbabwe.

After the celebrations the band camped in Harare for 9 months and toured extensively around Zimbabwe. The band rented two houses in some affluent areas town and embarked on project to record Movin’ On. Zambian bands lost fans attending live gigs in preference disco houses that had sprang up all over the country. We had to match the competition. We rehearsed extensively and crafted songs to feature on album Movin’ On. The whole band got involved in arranging and creating parts for all the songs. I remember helping out with the lyrics and melody lines for parts of title track Movin’ On. All the music was arranged and I spend first eight hours recording rhythm tracks playing piano parts with the drummer, Peter Lungu. It wasn’t digital in those days so you had to play every single note and if you made a mistake you had to start from scratch again, avhighly professional approach. Every note was arranged and performed by real musicians no gimmicks of loops or samples. It was a pure production by some of the finest musicians Zambia could produce. The biggest challenge for me was playing synthesizers for the first time. All disco music was hinged on keyboards playing a prominent part. I had to play string parts and orchestrate with brass parts, electric piano, acoustic piano, synth bass lines….you name it. I played it with band members nagging me to death to perform miracles….anyway it paid off. It was stressful and it was very hard work!!!

When the album was aired on Radio Zambia one Friday evening, the Zambian fans went crazy and could not believe the transformation and quality of the recordings. There was commotion in the town centre the next morning as queues formed at record stores hoping to buy this album which had not been released.

After the album we were able to perform music at the same standard as the disco houses. So we started getting contracts to work with disco clubs and performed one hour slots of ‘live’ music and we were paid a premium.

The rest is history…..

Patrick Mwondela

Movin On digital available via iTunes and vinyl from our shop

(The Witch circa Movin’ On)

PATRICK MWONDELA: FLYING HIGH IN AFRICAN SKIES

The recording of Movin’ On was revolutionary for the Zambian band WITCH. The band went down south from Zambia to participate in the independence celebrations of Zimbabwe in 1980. We were meant to be curtain raisers for Bob Marley & the Wailers but they didn’t make it to Harare. We had delayed our journey for security reasons. Freedom fighters were still at large and still out in the bush and on roads. When we finally arrived the next day we performed in Barbourfiels stadium in Bulawayo. It was renown to be a ‘whites only’ stadium. We were the first black african band to ever step foot, let alone play there to a multi-racial audience for the first time in the history Southern Rhodesia becoming Zimbabwe.

After the celebrations the band camped in Harare for 9 months and toured extensively around Zimbabwe. The band rented two houses in some affluent areas town and embarked on project to record Movin’ On. Zambian bands lost fans attending live gigs in preference disco houses that had sprang up all over the country. We had to match the competition. We rehearsed extensively and crafted songs to feature on album Movin’ On. The whole band got involved in arranging and creating parts for all the songs. I remember helping out with the lyrics and melody lines for parts of title track Movin’ On. All the music was arranged and I spend first eight hours recording rhythm tracks playing piano parts with the drummer, Peter Lungu. It wasn’t digital in those days so you had to play every single note and if you made a mistake you had to start from scratch again, avhighly professional approach. Every note was arranged and performed by real musicians no gimmicks of loops or samples. It was a pure production by some of the finest musicians Zambia could produce. The biggest challenge for me was playing synthesizers for the first time. All disco music was hinged on keyboards playing a prominent part. I had to play string parts and orchestrate with brass parts, electric piano, acoustic piano, synth bass lines….you name it. I played it with band members nagging me to death to perform miracles….anyway it paid off. It was stressful and it was very hard work!!!

When the album was aired on Radio Zambia one Friday evening, the Zambian fans went crazy and could not believe the transformation and quality of the recordings. There was commotion in the town centre the next morning as queues formed at record stores hoping to buy this album which had not been released.

After the album we were able to perform music at the same standard as the disco houses. So we started getting contracts to work with disco clubs and performed one hour slots of ‘live’ music and we were paid a premium.

The rest is history…..

Patrick Mwondela

Movin On digital available via iTunes and vinyl from our shop

02
Jun

Stephen Encinas live on T&T TV!

Disco Illusion digitals now available on iTunes!

14
Apr
ICE-005 OUT NOW!!!
You can pick it up in our shop: http://invisiblecityeditions.bigcartel.com/product/witch-movin-on
Or in other fine record shops around the world.
For North American distro please contact us, for the rest of the world please contact Rush Hour.

ICE-005 OUT NOW!!!

You can pick it up in our shop: http://invisiblecityeditions.bigcartel.com/product/witch-movin-on

Or in other fine record shops around the world.

For North American distro please contact us, for the rest of the world please contact Rush Hour.

21
Nov
(Witch recording Movin’ On in Shed Studios, Rhodesia)
Here’s a preview from our next release (ICE-005), Zambian band Witch’s early 80’s rarity Movin’ On. Known for their psychedelic fuzz masterpiece Lazy Bones, this is another side of Witch. This time around the band created another masterpiece, but this time with a whole new sound capturing the spirit of the early 80’s, and changing political atmosphere in Africa with a perfect blend of MJ/Jake Solo boogie, and Fleetwood Mac AOR moves. This is an album in the fullest sense capturing a band at their creative peak, with stellar musicianship, blending American and African influences and peerless production and synthesizer work by the great Patrick Mwondela. This is the African boogie version of Band On The Run.
European distribution by Rush Hour: www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=71066For North American distribution inquiries please contact us direct: invisiblecityeditions@gmail.com

(Witch recording Movin’ On in Shed Studios, Rhodesia)

Here’s a preview from our next release (ICE-005), Zambian band Witch’s early 80’s rarity Movin’ On. Known for their psychedelic fuzz masterpiece Lazy Bones, this is another side of Witch. This time around the band created another masterpiece, but this time with a whole new sound capturing the spirit of the early 80’s, and changing political atmosphere in Africa with a perfect blend of MJ/Jake Solo boogie, and Fleetwood Mac AOR moves. This is an album in the fullest sense capturing a band at their creative peak, with stellar musicianship, blending American and African influences and peerless production and synthesizer work by the great Patrick Mwondela. This is the African boogie version of Band On The Run.

European distribution by Rush Hour: www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=71066
For North American distribution inquiries please contact us direct: invisiblecityeditions@gmail.com

20
Nov
INVISIBLE CITY AUSTRALIA & JAPAN TOUR
Fri Nov 22nd PERTH  Club Geisha  w/ Awesome Tapes From Africa, Ben M & Michael Ozonehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1427546004126330/ Sat Nov 23rd SYDNEY Goodgod Small Club w/ Awesome Tapes, Tako, Steele Bonus & NIMHhttps://www.facebook.com/events/641339959220417/ Sun Nov 24th MELBOURNE The Residence w/ Awesome Tapes, Tako, NO ZU, Jamie Bennett, Julien Love & Andras Foxhttp://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Music/mmw/mmw2013/Program/Residence/Pages/2bf3d3ad-ad4b-46ed-bf2d-1efa50eaedea.aspx Fri Nov 29th ADELAIDE Sugar w/ Tako, Julien Love & Japeye Sat Nov 30th MELBOURNE Boney w/ Michael Ozone, Andras Fox & Julien Love Fri Dec 6th TOKYO Amate-Raxi w/ KEI&TAKASHI, CHIDA & haraguchichttp://www.amrax.jp/schedule/event.php?id=1384 Sat Dec 7th OSAKA Metro Lounge w/ AZ, Jett, Disuke Kakimoto & Noriohttps://www.facebook.com/events/520508391378005/ BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!

INVISIBLE CITY AUSTRALIA & JAPAN TOUR

Fri Nov 22nd
PERTH
Club Geisha
w/ Awesome Tapes From Africa, Ben M & Michael Ozone
https://www.facebook.com/
events/1427546004126330/

Sat Nov 23rd
SYDNEY
Goodgod Small Club
w/ Awesome Tapes, Tako, Steele Bonus & NIMH
https://www.facebook.com/
events/641339959220417/

Sun Nov 24th
MELBOURNE
The Residence
w/ Awesome Tapes, Tako, NO ZU, Jamie Bennett, Julien Love & Andras Fox
http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Music/mmw/mmw2013/Program/Residence/Pages/2bf3d3ad-ad4b-46ed-bf2d-1efa50eaedea.aspx

Fri Nov 29th
ADELAIDE
Sugar
w/ Tako, Julien Love & Japeye

Sat Nov 30th
MELBOURNE
Boney
w/ Michael Ozone, Andras Fox & Julien Love

Fri Dec 6th
TOKYO
Amate-Raxi
w/ KEI&TAKASHI, CHIDA & haraguchic
http://www.amrax.jp/schedule/event.php?id=1384

Sat Dec 7th
OSAKA
Metro Lounge
w/ AZ, Jett, Disuke Kakimoto & Norio
https://www.facebook.com/events/520508391378005/

BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!
16
Nov
(Stephen Encinas with Charmaine Forde, Port Of Spain, Trinidad)
Disco Illusion 12”s are now for sale in our shop (and almost sold out!).

(Stephen Encinas with Charmaine Forde, Port Of Spain, Trinidad)

Disco Illusion 12”s are now for sale in our shop (and almost sold out!).

28
Oct
(Stephen Encinas at KH Studios, Port Of Spain)



STEPHEN ENCINAS: MAKING AND BREAKING DISCO ILLUSIONS
Coming out of the 70s and the era of Disco and Discotheques, both of which were enormously popular in Trinidad & Tobago, the release of Disco Illusion in 1979, as far as I could remember, was certainly a commentary on the level of euphoria, coupled with a fair amount of escapism, manifested by the many who flocked to the discotheques on a weekly basis. Complete with strobe lights, fog, complex dance routines, a little alcohol, high energy music with driving, thumping bass elements, the discotheque scene created a place where life’s exigencies could for a while be set aside while being transported to a more blissful place.

Although I guess I was happy when the disco era ended, since as a writer, its passing gave way to a wider focus on more diverse tastes for emerging genres, during its era I was also somewhat enthralled by Disco’s hypnotic call to dance, to de-stress, to unwind, to celebrate, to immerse yourself into that hazy illusion that the song speaks about, if only for that moment. 

Like many of the other songs I have written however, the genesis of Disco Illusion was not as a result of any epiphany, but more an attempt to capture the look and feel of what happened in the club scene at the time. It would however be remiss of me not to mention that Disco Illusion was released months after launching my very first record/45, ‘Rock-a-bye Baby Love’ and ‘Music In Me’, which instantly put me on the map, so to speak, as a young upcoming writer, producer, singer and musician. So positive were the responses to that first production that the market propelled me to follow with another release.

Special thanks must be given to Wendy Eligon, who recorded the lead vocals with me, Michael ‘Toby’ Tobas on drums and percussion, Angus Nunes on Bass, Kenny John on synthesizer (recorder and associate arranger - Disco Illusion), Andy Alexander on Guitar and Judy, Wendy, Kenny and Andy on Background vocals. And I must not forget Annise Hadeed for the phenomenal pan solo on the Lypso Illusion track and Eric Michaud (KH Studio Engineer) for the absolute magic and energy he gave to both tracks.

Over the years I grown tremendously in all of the above mentioned facets of music production and added to this, live performances, which I now enjoy immensely. So with the soon to be released 2014 album, I have everything to look forward to, on the heels of the successful reissue of Disco Illusion, after 34 years, and the responses I have received, even ahead of the limited reissue being available. Thanks to Brandon, Gary and Invisible City Editions, who worked tirelessly after rediscovering an original copy at Rhyners’ warehouse in Trinidad, in convincing me to reissue this track. To all those who called and wrote the many positive things about both tracks, I am eternally grateful. Through your comments, I have learned a lot more about why this track has resonated in the way that it has. Thanks again.

Peace and Love to all, Stephen Encinas

(Stephen Encinas at KH Studios, Port Of Spain)

STEPHEN ENCINAS: MAKING AND BREAKING DISCO ILLUSIONS

Coming out of the 70s and the era of Disco and Discotheques, both of which were enormously popular in Trinidad & Tobago, the release of Disco Illusion in 1979, as far as I could remember, was certainly a commentary on the level of euphoria, coupled with a fair amount of escapism, manifested by the many who flocked to the discotheques on a weekly basis. Complete with strobe lights, fog, complex dance routines, a little alcohol, high energy music with driving, thumping bass elements, the discotheque scene created a place where life’s exigencies could for a while be set aside while being transported to a more blissful place.

Although I guess I was happy when the disco era ended, since as a writer, its passing gave way to a wider focus on more diverse tastes for emerging genres, during its era I was also somewhat enthralled by Disco’s hypnotic call to dance, to de-stress, to unwind, to celebrate, to immerse yourself into that hazy illusion that the song speaks about, if only for that moment. 

Like many of the other songs I have written however, the genesis of Disco Illusion was not as a result of any epiphany, but more an attempt to capture the look and feel of what happened in the club scene at the time. It would however be remiss of me not to mention that Disco Illusion was released months after launching my very first record/45, ‘Rock-a-bye Baby Love’ and ‘Music In Me’, which instantly put me on the map, so to speak, as a young upcoming writer, producer, singer and musician. So positive were the responses to that first production that the market propelled me to follow with another release.

Special thanks must be given to Wendy Eligon, who recorded the lead vocals with me, Michael ‘Toby’ Tobas on drums and percussion, Angus Nunes on Bass, Kenny John on synthesizer (recorder and associate arranger - Disco Illusion), Andy Alexander on Guitar and Judy, Wendy, Kenny and Andy on Background vocals. And I must not forget Annise Hadeed for the phenomenal pan solo on the Lypso Illusion track and Eric Michaud (KH Studio Engineer) for the absolute magic and energy he gave to both tracks.

Over the years I grown tremendously in all of the above mentioned facets of music production and added to this, live performances, which I now enjoy immensely. So with the soon to be released 2014 album, I have everything to look forward to, on the heels of the successful reissue of Disco Illusion, after 34 years, and the responses I have received, even ahead of the limited reissue being available. Thanks to Brandon, Gary and Invisible City Editions, who worked tirelessly after rediscovering an original copy at Rhyners’ warehouse in Trinidad, in convincing me to reissue this track. To all those who called and wrote the many positive things about both tracks, I am eternally grateful. Through your comments, I have learned a lot more about why this track has resonated in the way that it has. Thanks again.

Peace and Love to all,

Stephen Encinas

28
Oct
INVISIBLE TOUCH TEES available in our shop!

INVISIBLE TOUCH TEES available in our shop!

26
Aug
IC store updated with rarities, deals and new distributed titles!
Check it out!

IC store updated with rarities, deals and new distributed titles!

Check it out!

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Invisible City is a DJ duo and record label based out of Toronto, Canada.

For general inquiries please email: invisiblecityeditions@gmail.com

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