September '14

Heita hola! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection . . .

This month we check out Pat Shange's former band THE JUVENILES, something different from the IKEY GAMBA DANCE BAND and JOE MOSES, traditional grooves from SUKAZI MKHIZE and MAKAOTA AKALAME and the star-studded charity compilation LIVING LAND. Last month we brought you PATIENCE AFRICA, PRINCESS, NOVIDADE, ADZIAMBEYI BAND, The SOUL BROTHERS and SAKKIE.

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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."