Dec '14 - Jan '15

Vukani mawethu! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection . . .

This festive season we bring you LAPPASIDE, JOYCE, the legendary RICHARD JON SMITH, SHADIII, AFRICAN IMAGE, Zulu grooves from LINGANISA NABAFANE BEJUBANE and THISA, xmas synths by BONNY, something different from THE SOFT SHOES, a 1985 tribute album to DESMOND TUTU and a synth-packed gospel compilation.

Last month we checked out LORRAINE STAPLE, RUFARO, RONNIE MARTIN, HARRY MOYAGA, THE YOUNG STARS, and UMSALOFU NAMAVIZITHA.

Bless up!

MONWA - Aweyo (1990)

Cool Spot/EMI, SPOT(V)008   
Producer: Mally Watson (exec: Ken Haycock)       
Recorded at: Cool Spot Studios   


After first hitting the scene fronting the disco-soul outfit Denis Yekani & The Movement, Monwabisi Denis Yekani teamed up with Poth Nkotsoe to form Monwa and Sun, who put out monster hits like 'Orlando Hangover' in the late 80s. He stood out for pioneering the new school sound and for his superior lyricism. In 1990 he released his solo debut Aweyo, featuring backing vocals from Supa Frika and others. Tracks like 'Night Groover' and 'Pantsula Party' speak for themselves, while '1990' is a sign of the times, with state censorship a thing of the past...

"We are marching on the front line,
United we stand divided we fall,
In 1990 fulfill your dreams.
1990-1990! Year of liberation
1990-1990! Okay
Viva Viva Viva
Phambili ma-Afrika"