July '15

Peace magents! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection! This month we bring you bubblegum hits by SHALOM, JAZINO, BRENDA & THE BIG DUDES and ADAYE, and some fresh grooves by DAVID MABIKA, ALTAR and THAMI & THE ALL-ROUNDERS.

Last month we checked out STIMELA, SAILOR and NELLI, and before that OZIAS NTSELE, PETER MARINGA, MICHAEL LEBESE & THE AFRICAN VIBES, MARUMO and MANKA LE PHALLANG.

KARIBA - Sensation (1981)

RPM,  RPM1160   
Producer: Kevin Kruger   
Engineer: John Lindemann       
Recorded at: RPM Studios, Jhb


Although one of the earliest reggae albums recorded by South African musicians, this was certainly not one of the best. Side A is a medley of 11 Bob Marley hits. Side B has three more covers, done in a disco-reggae style. Producer/drummer Kevin Kruger's only original compositions, 'Shy Girl' and 'Good Night Out', stand out from the rest and give the album some credibility. 'Shy Girl' he originally recorded with his band in the late 60s, The Kynd. The band also featured singers Star Mabaso and Kim Kallie, with Mike Makhalemele on sax.