September '14

Heita hola! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection . . .

This month we check out Pat Shange's former band THE JUVENILES, something different from the IKEY GAMBA DANCE BAND and JOE MOSES, traditional grooves from SUKAZI MKHIZE and MAKAOTA AKALAME and the star-studded charity compilation LIVING LAND. Last month we brought you PATIENCE AFRICA, PRINCESS, NOVIDADE, ADZIAMBEYI BAND, The SOUL BROTHERS and SAKKIE.

Sharp!

SENSATIONS - Chapter 2 (1988)

Eric Frisch, EFL1013   
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. 
Watch out!"