August '15

Heita-da! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection...

This month we pay tribute to the recent passing of David Masondo by bringing you his legendary SOUL BROTHERS. We also check out rockers CLOUT, choral grooves by the LESOTHO MIGHTY BOYS, gospel synths from PRAYER FOR S.A., bubblegum by PHILLIP MATHOLE, a young Bhekumuzi Luthuli in OSHOMI, not forgetting the fancy fingers of TREVOR NASSER.

Last month it was SHALOM, JAZINO, BRENDA & THE BIG DUDES, ADAYE, DAVID MABIKA, ALTAR and THAMI & THE ALL-ROUNDERS.

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."