Yebo majita! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection...
This month we bring you more forgotten classics by the likes of NEVILLE NASH, SOWETO YOUTH BAND, ZIZI KONGO, MAKHWERU and BENJAMIN BALL, as well as early 80s soul from SOUND PROOF.
Earlier this year we brought you RUFARO, HAPPY HAPPY, POCKET LIPS, AYOBAYO BAND, MASUTUTSA BAND, RAMASHELENG, VENDA KIDS, SHADRACK NDLOVU, DAN NKOSI, AFRICAN YOUTH BAND, REGGAE MUNTU and Congolese acts TSHALA MUANA and NANA ET BANIEL
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SENSATIONS - Chapter 2 (1988)
Producers: Tammy Moluli (Thami Mdluli)
Engineer: Les Goode
Recorded at: Grove Studios
Great album from little-known seven-man outfit (aka Sensation) produced by the prolific Thami "Professor Rhythm" Mdluli (credited here at Tammy Moluli). Nearly identical to other top bubblegum boybands like Splash and Sky Jinx, whose music consisted of walls of synths and rudimentary drum machines.
Songwriting credits are shared among all members (plus one): Zukile Macotoza, George Makobane, Noah Mashilo, Sello Mathiba, Malcolm Makume, Chris Kwela, Gerdes Khoza and Bassie Maseko. Formulaic for the time but still fresh today, 'Mita-Mita' features a catchy kiddies' call and response chorus. Other titles include 'Ninja', 'Get Busy' and 'A.I.D.S' - a warning from the earliest days of a pandemic that has gone on to claim millions of lives in Southern Africa, where stigma and misinformation about the disease still abound.
"There's a killer coming...
It doesn't care if you're a superstar,
It doesn't care if you're a fisherman,
A man or a woman,
A boy or a girl.
Aids is so dangerous.