July '16

Heita-da! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection...

This month we bring you classic pantsula grooves from CHAKA, AYOBAYO BAND, HARD WORKERS, FAST MOVE, THE SCOTCH BAND and VENDA KIDS. Also look forward to albums by OZIAS, SPOKES H, VOLCANO and more.

Last month we brought you JIVARO, KAKAPPA, SOWETO YOUTH BAND, ANGIE, V.O and GY, and traditional grooves by SDLODLO, JACKSON MAXIMBYI & THE MPFUMARHI SISTERS and GIFT BROTHERS.

To purchase still-sealed copies of these and other albums, email djokapi[at]gmail.com!

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?"