July '15

Peace magents! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection! This month we bring you bubblegum hits by SHALOM, JAZINO, BRENDA & THE BIG DUDES and ADAYE, and some fresh grooves by DAVID MABIKA, ALTAR and THAMI & THE ALL-ROUNDERS.

Last month we checked out STIMELA, SAILOR and NELLI, and before that OZIAS NTSELE, PETER MARINGA, MICHAEL LEBESE & THE AFRICAN VIBES, MARUMO and MANKA LE PHALLANG.

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."