Heita-da! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection...
This month we bring you classic pantsula grooves from CHAKA, AYOBAYO BAND, HARD WORKERS, FAST MOVE, THE SCOTCH BAND and VENDA KIDS. Also look forward to albums by OZIAS, SPOKES H, VOLCANO and more.
Last month we brought you JIVARO, KAKAPPA, SOWETO YOUTH BAND, ANGIE, V.O and GY, and traditional grooves by SDLODLO, JACKSON MAXIMBYI & THE MPFUMARHI SISTERS and GIFT BROTHERS.
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MM DELUXE - Where were you? (1989)
Producers: Mally Watson & Monwabisi Yekani
Executive Producer: Ken Haycock
"Cool Spot Productions in 1989 released the music of yet another young male duo, MM Deluxe. The name was made up of the first letters in the names of the two musicians, Mduduzi and Mandla. It was co-produced by Monwabisi Yekani and Mally Watson. Backing vocals were provided by Poth Nkotsoe, Gabi Mdlulu, Amelia and Khulukazi Mnwela. This was the beginning of another musical journey as the two musicians, Mduduzi Masilela and Mandla Mofokeng later went their separate ways to unleash a string of hits in the new genre called kwaito music."
"M'Du was born Mduduzi Masilela in Zola South, Soweto...M'du worked with musicians like Pat Shange, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Chicco at Dephon to gain more experience and exposure. It was in 1988 on completion of his matric that the above MM Deluxe was conceived. He started experimenting with sound, mixing European and township sounds to create new sound. In 1990 he found himself working with Peter Snyman as producer and engineer and released LA Beat, which did very well and encouraged him to continue with production..." (Mojapelo 2008:169)
"The other half of MM Deluze, Mandla Mofokeng, joung M'Du's brother-in-law Jairus Nkwe, Eugene Mthethwa and Zynne Sibika to form a kwaito music group called Trompies. The name was insipred by a naughty, always-in-trouble but bright kid in an Afrikaans cartoon titled Trompie En Die Boksombende." (Mojapelo 2008:170).