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!

MM DELUXE - Be Free My People (1990)

Cool Spot / EMI, SPOT(V)009  
Producer: Mally Watson (exec: Ken Haycock)
Recorded at: Cool Spot Studios, Jhb


Following on from 1989's Where Were You?, new school pioneers Mandla "Spikiri" Mofokeng and Mduduzi "Mdu" Masilela built further on Chicco's bubblegum grooves and forged the new kwaito sound that would resonate throughout the nation for the next 20 years. Both are still at the top of their games today, proving the lyrics of 'There's No Stopping Us' quite right:      

"There's no stopping us,
We are rising to the top.
We are aiming high,
we gonna reach the top.
We know we can do it.
Never mind what people may say,
We know we can do it.
We are looking forward to our future.
Whatever they say or do,
They can say whatever they say,
We are determined to be what we wanna be!"