Dec '14 - Jan '15

Vukani mawethu! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection . . .

This festive season we bring you LAPPASIDE, JOYCE, the legendary RICHARD JON SMITH, SHADIII, AFRICAN IMAGE, Zulu grooves from LINGANISA NABAFANE BEJUBANE and THISA, xmas synths by BONNY, something different from THE SOFT SHOES, a 1985 tribute album to DESMOND TUTU and a synth-packed gospel compilation.

Last month we checked out LORRAINE STAPLE, RUFARO, RONNIE MARTIN, HARRY MOYAGA, THE YOUNG STARS, and UMSALOFU NAMAVIZITHA.

Bless up!

THE GHETTO - Body Wave (1989)

Flame/CCP/EMI, FLAME(V)4064461   
Producer: Peter Moticoe   
Engineer: Fab Grosso   
Programmed by: L Matante   
Recorded at: Power House Studios


Above-average bubblegum beats produced by Peter Moticoe, the man who helped launch the careers of William Mthethwa, Mordillo and many others. Uptempo rhythms, stinging synths and fiery call-and-response vocals, with subjects ranging from the frivolous ("Body Wave", "It's Cold Outside") to the more serious ("Speedtrap", "Abandoned Baby").