February '16

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

We kick off the new year with early electro grooves from AYOBAYO BAND, MASUTUTSA BAND and RAMASHELENG, not to mention the VENDA KIDS, SHADRACK NDLOVU and DAN NKOSI, as well as instrumental struggle songs by AFRICAN YOUTH BAND, reggae vibes from REGGAE MUNTU and soukous by NANA ET BANIEL.

Before that we brought you PROFESSOR RHYTHM, ALMOMO , the CRACKERS, RHYTHM KINGS and LES CHAMPIONS DU ZAIRE.

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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."