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'.
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