April '15

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

This month we serve up some fresh bubblegum from PETER M, VIVA, THE VIBES and LOMBARD EXPRESS, something jazzy by MANFRED MANN'S PLAINS MUSIC and JONATHAN BUTLER, and traditional grooves from THE NEW PROMISE and THE PEACE BROTHERS.

Last month we bought you classics by BENJAMIN & THE YOUTH CHOIR, MTHENJWA ZWANE, KATI ELIMNYAMA, TJ GANG, JENNIFER, SASA S and PEOPLE LIKE US.

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?"