May '15

Hola mpinji! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection!

This month we serve up new old music by OZIAS NTSELE, PETER MARINGA, MICHAEL LEBESE & THE AFRICAN VIBES, blind soulmen MARUMO and Sotho accordian grooves by MANKA LE PHALLANG, as well as Zimbabwean legends ROZALLA and NEW BLACK MONTANA.

Last month we bought you classics by PETER M, VIVA, THE VIBES, LOMBARD EXPRESS, something jazzy by MANFRED MANN'S PLAINS MUSIC and JONATHAN BUTLER, and traditional grooves from THE NEW PROMISE and THE PEACE BROTHERS.

Sharp!

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'.