May '15

Hola mpinji! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection!

This month we serve up new old music by OZIAS NTSELE, PETER MARINGA, MICHAEL LEBESE & THE AFRICAN VIBES, blind soulmen MARUMO and Sotho accordian grooves by MANKA LE PHALLANG, as well as Zimbabwean legends ROZALLA and NEW BLACK MONTANA.

Last month we bought you classics by PETER M, VIVA, THE VIBES, LOMBARD EXPRESS, something jazzy by MANFRED MANN'S PLAINS MUSIC and JONATHAN BUTLER, and traditional grooves from THE NEW PROMISE and THE PEACE BROTHERS.

Sharp!

THE HELICOPTERS - In The Flesh (1987)

Gallo, SLMS709   
Producer/engineer: Paul Hughes   
Composer: BDA Binns   
Recorded at: Syntrax Studios, Jhb


Euro-pop coming off like a second-rate Spandau Ballet or Gary Numan. Slow, repetitive, oh-so-serious power ballads with contrived lyrics. Titles include 'Western Skies' (are calling me), 'Hi-Tech Man and 'Terror in the Attic'. The blush and perms say it all - 'style' over substance. Frontman Bernard Binns later returned to England and continues to try his luck today. "The Helicopters would like to thank Korg for supplying the lastest [sic] keyboards and samplers."