July '17

Hola mpinji! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection...

Coming up we'll be checking out albums by TERYLENE, THE RIBBONS, BIBBI, POOSH and more.

INDOD'ENGAZIWA - Silahlekelwe (1986)

Daylight Beat/CCP, DB(O)4051031   
Producer: Simon Ngwenya   
Engineers: Jan Smit & Fernando Perdigao


Golden mbaqanga grooves from "the unknown man" - with rolling basslines, powerful vocals and smooth synths, best on tracks like 'Yini Ugangitsheli', 'Kodwa Senzeni' and 'Silahlekelwe' (we lost).

A note in isiZulu at the back reads:
"The hairy man with the long beard!! The person does not fall!! Who is this man? It appears he is in fact a Zulu. The unknown man is Simon Ngwenya, who was born on 29th November 1949. This young man is the leader of Abakhwenyana and composer of their songs. His hometown is Bergville. We trust that his fans will be very happy to know this secret that has fascinated a lot of people so much over the years. That's the truth!"