July '15

Peace magents! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection! This month we bring you bubblegum hits by SHALOM, JAZINO, BRENDA & THE BIG DUDES and ADAYE, and some fresh grooves by DAVID MABIKA, ALTAR and THAMI & THE ALL-ROUNDERS.

Last month we checked out STIMELA, SAILOR and NELLI, and before that OZIAS NTSELE, PETER MARINGA, MICHAEL LEBESE & THE AFRICAN VIBES, MARUMO and MANKA LE PHALLANG.

ABAKHWENYANA - 4000 (1989)

CCP/EMI, DB(V)4064261
Producer: Simon Ngwenya   
Engineers: Peter Thwaits & Wessel van Oudtshoorn
Recorded at: Powerhouse Studios, Jhb       


Dominic, Mduduzi, Boy and Bheki laid down smooth synth-fuelled mbaqanga in the mould of the Soul Brothers and many others. Like the album's precursor 20/20 the previous year, 4000 is named after a taxi - owned by a Mr Gcaba in Umlazi, near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. Highlights include 'Madala', 'Please Mama' and 'Squeeza'.