September '14

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

This month we check out Pat Shange's former band THE JUVENILES, something different from the IKEY GAMBA DANCE BAND and JOE MOSES, traditional grooves from SUKAZI MKHIZE and MAKAOTA AKALAME and the star-studded charity compilation LIVING LAND. Last month we brought you PATIENCE AFRICA, PRINCESS, NOVIDADE, ADZIAMBEYI BAND, The SOUL BROTHERS and SAKKIE.

Sharp!

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'.