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.

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THE V KIDS - Rambo (1989)

Leopard/Hit City, LEO(O)019   
Producer: John Galanakis   
Engineers: Deran McNamara & Ilan Kometz   
Composer: Samson Singo   
Recorded at: Platinum Recordings Studios


South Africa's answer to New Edition or Menudo, The V Kids were a popular Venda boy-band known for their  hypnotic synths and frantic adolescent vocals. Formed as the Venda Kids in the mid-80s by Samson Singo, the band consisted of his sons Ntango (lead vocals), Makana and Ndivha (guitar), along with friends Emmanuel Netshifefe (drums), Tshililo Nemusombori (bass) and Madini Ramakuwela and Tshifhiwa Molizi  on backing vocals. Best track 'Botswana in 1986' concerns one of their first tours across the border.