Feb '15

Hola mpinji! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection from back in the day!

This month we bring you leading ladies
NTOMBI NDABA, MAVIS MASEKO and SHADIII, mbanqanga from THISHA, new school grooves from LUCKY MEREKI, as well as the synth-packed GOSPEL GREATS compilation and the hard-hitting HIT PICK REMIXES compilation.

Earlier we brought you BIBI MSOMI, LAPPASIDE, JOYCE, the legendary RICHARD JON SMITH, AFRICAN IMAGE, LINGANISA NABAFANE BEJUBANE, xmas synths by BONNY, something different from THE SOFT SHOES and a 1985 tribute album to DESMOND TUTU.

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?"