October '14

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

This month we check out The Invaders' JOE MOSES, disco funk from SPECIAL CANE MAHLELEBE and MINEBELT, gospel pop by KATIE PENNINGTON, and traditional grooves from THE CHALLENGERS, SUKAZI MKHIZE, LINGANISA NABAFANA BEJUBANE and MAKAOTA AKALAME.

Last month we brough you THE JUVENILES, TRIBE AFTER TRIBE, BENJAMIN BALL, JONATHAN BUTLER, t
he IKEY GAMBA DANCE BAND and the star-studded charity compilation LIVING LAND.

Sharp!

JOE SILO - Praising Jah (1991)

Chaka Records/Music Team, AKA107  
Producer: T. Mkhize  
Engineer: David Moloele       


Smooth gospel reggae from this little known singer, heavily influenced by the likes of Lucky Dube and Jambo. Over the downtempo synth grooves, lyrics cover the spiritual ('Ever Praising Jah', 'Never Let Your Hands') and the political on tracks like 'Freedom', 'Long Time' and 'So Why':

"Fire in Jamaica...
Thunder in Ethiopia,
Freedom in Namibia,
Fighting in South Africa.
So why, so why,
So why why why won't you treat us like your brothers?"