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!

TZ JUNIOR - Sugar My Love (1985)

Roy B/Dust/Dephon/Teal, RBM037   
Producer: Attie van Wyk (exec: Phil Hollis)
Engineers: Richard Mitchell & Greg Cutler       
Recorded at: Battery Studios
   

True to its name 'Sugar My Love' (and b-side 'Are You Ready For Love') is sweet early bubblegum from the stable of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, similarly fresh and funky as Brenda and the Big Dudes. Catchy but repetitive, each track weighs in at close to seven minutes. Thandi Zulu also had a hit with 'Move Me', produced by Peter Moticoe, also on Dephon.