April '14

Hola mpinji! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection . . .

This month we bring you fresh releases from PERCY KAY, VIVA, SACKEY, NIKI DALY, SLIPSTREAM, LADY THULI, IZINKANYAMBA and the KATLEHONG CHOIR. Last month it was THE HARD WORKERS, SIMON MOLOI, MARGINO and PAT SHANGE, THE SUPER TENS and UPHAHLEKA NO NGQI, LIZ PASS, and the one and only EPHRAIM JOE & THE SUNGURA BOYS.

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IZAKKA - The Rainbow Man (1989)

Shandel Music, SHAN(V)5   
Producers: Selvyn Shandel & Thamsanqa Sobekwa   
Engineer: Selwyn Shandel       
Recorded at: EQ Studios, Jhb       


Reggae alter-ego of Thami Sobekwa, former frontman of influential soul band The All Rounders and who also worked briefly with Stimela. It's soulful, synth-rich sound is influenced by Lucky Dube, as is its message of peace and togetherness, with liner notes addressing "Country Men: Truly speaking, we really need each other. Why can't we live together in harmony once and for all." Saxman Mandla Masuku features on  '1999' and 'Umgqashiyo'. Shona lyrics on 'Leaving Home'. Best track 'People Say' is downtempo, spaced out 80s reggae dedicated to 'The tree of life...good for meditation'.