Dec '14 - Jan '15

Vukani mawethu! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection . . .

This festive season we bring you LAPPASIDE, JOYCE, the legendary RICHARD JON SMITH, SHADIII, AFRICAN IMAGE, Zulu grooves from LINGANISA NABAFANE BEJUBANE and THISA, xmas synths by BONNY, something different from THE SOFT SHOES, a 1985 tribute album to DESMOND TUTU and a synth-packed gospel compilation.

Last month we checked out LORRAINE STAPLE, RUFARO, RONNIE MARTIN, HARRY MOYAGA, THE YOUNG STARS, and UMSALOFU NAMAVIZITHA.

Bless up!

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'.