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!

TAPS - Let's Go (1990)

David Gresham/RPM, DGR1162   
Producers: Ralph Martin & Donovan Kovar (exec: Allan Goldswain)
Engineer: Ralph Martin       


Heavily derivative of American artists (MC Hammer, Bobby Brown), right down to the American accent - but unique in SA at the time. Besides a few cheesy 'party' numbers' ('We Rock', 'Let's Go'), most of it is New Jack Swing-influenced R&B with rapping interludes ('What's This All About', 'New Kind Of Love', 'Wanna New Lover', 'The Joy That You Bring Me').  'Listen to these words I say, as I serve them up on a silver tray...'