June '16

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

This month we bring you classic bubblegum from JIVARO, KAKAPPA, SOWETO YOUTH BAND, ANGIE, V.O and GY, and some traditional grooves by SDLODLO, JACKSON MAXIMBYI & THE MPFUMARHI SISTERS and GIFT BROTHERS.

Last month we brought you more forgotten classics by the likes of Q, TAILS OUT, NOVIDADE and SUN.

To purchase still-sealed copies of these and other albums, email djokapi[at]gmail.com!

YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA - Be Proud To Be African (1990)

Roy B/Dephon/Dust, RBL170   
Producer: Attie van Wyk (exec: Phil Hollis)   
Engineer: Adrian Hamilton   
Recorded at: Sweet 16           


Be Proud includes Yvonne's biggest hit 'Umqombothi', remixed by Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), also released on an international Hi-NRG compilation not long after. "Let Him Go" hints at Nelson Mandela's release, which came that year, and takes aim at apartheid rulers:
"Take a look at yourself, don't you feel guilty?
Let him go, let him go, let him go,
For his children, give him freedom."