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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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'.