August '14

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

This month we bring you bubblegum grooves from PATIENCE AFRICA and PRINCESS, early house from NOVIDADE, Tshivenda stars the ADZIAMBEYI BAND, mbaqanga heroes the SOUL BROTHERS, vastrap with the IKEY GAMBA DANCE BAND and something funky from SAKKIE. Last month we checked out DAVID CHANKE, EMOTION, NEVILLE NASH, KORI MORABA, LIONFIRE and ROBIN AULD.

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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."