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 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.