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!

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."