March '15

Vuka sizwe! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection!

This month we go deep with BENJAMIN & THE YOUTH CHOIR, MTHENJWA ZWANE, KATI ELIMNYAMA and OZIAS NTSELE, and bring you vintage bubblegum by the likes of TJ GANG, JENNIFER, SASA S., PETER MARINGA, SHALOM, VIVA, BOMBA, THE VIBES and LOMBARD EXPRESS, not to mention a hi-NRG hit by PEOPLE LIKE US.

Earlier we brought you leading ladies NTOMBI NDABA, MAVIS MASEKO and SHADIII, mbanqanga from THISHA, new school grooves from LUCKY MEREKI, as well as the synth-packed GOSPEL GREATS compilation and the hard-hitting HIT PICK REMIXES compilation.


NOMUNTU & CHIMORA - Being Bitchy Is My Kind Of Fun (1989)

Roy B/Dephon/Teal Trutone, RBL154
Producers: Sello 'Chicco' Twala & Attie van Wyk
Engineer: Adrian Hamilton
Recorded at: Sweet 16

"Sello Chicco Twala formed a female trio. On his We Miss You Manelo album one of the tracks, 'Rachimo', seems to have inspired the trio's name - Chimora. The group's members were Tiny Mbuli, Makie Motlaung and the late Tshidi Wildeman. Sometimes they were referred to as 'The Chicco Girls'. On an album simply titled Chimora the duo of Nomuntu Kappa and Mohapi Mashego fronted the trio. Besides Some More My Cherry the album also featured Daddy's Dead and Bad Boys. They featured Nomuntu Kappa on Being Bitchy Is My Kind Of Fun." (Mojapelo 2008:119)

Besides the big bubblegum hits 'I Wanna Know' and the title track, this album serves up gospel-pop on 'Save Me' and 'Power And Glory'. Best track 'Ricotamba' is Afrobeat-inspired house that showcases Chicco's skills.

Chimora's other albums include Mayibuye iAfrika, Intendane and Abafazi Abalile. They had hits such as 'Munwe Na Munwe', 'Romano', 'Ngangilambile', 'Africano Americano' and 'Eli Eli' . . .