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.

TNY-KS1 - American Toyi-Toyi Rap (1991)

Sounds of Soweto/Gaza, GAZA(K)003   
Producers: Leftie Rhikoto & Thabo Mosia, Gaza Executive Producers
Engineer: Ian Carmichael       
Recorded at: Toad Hall Studios, London

Very dodgy stuff  from electronic musician Anthony Horton and Keith Strickland (B-52s?) that tries to blend mbaqanga with stone-age house beats and over-the-top American hip-hop vocals, but without the same success as Malcom McLaren. Produced and arranged by Leftie Rhikoto and Thabo Mosia, who were behind local acts like Tiny Tots, Mordillo and Chukucha.

It's aged badly but is still notable as part of international musos' fight against apartheid and as a call for peace as ANC-IFP violence threatened to send the country into civil war. Titles include '1990 Free At Last', 'ANC/Inkatha Stick Togother', 'Street Wars in Townships' and 'A Prayer For Peace'. 

"We gotta stop it all,
We gotta make that government fall...
Who's wrong, who's right?

We're just trying to make them see the light."