Heita-da! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection...
This month we bring you classic pantsula grooves from CHAKA, AYOBAYO BAND, HARD WORKERS, FAST MOVE, THE SCOTCH BAND and VENDA KIDS. Also look forward to albums by OZIAS, SPOKES H, VOLCANO and more.
Last month we brought you JIVARO, KAKAPPA, SOWETO YOUTH BAND, ANGIE, V.O and GY, and traditional grooves by SDLODLO, JACKSON MAXIMBYI & THE MPFUMARHI SISTERS and GIFT BROTHERS.
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LUCKY DUBE - Ngikwethembe Na? (1985)
Producer: Richard Siluma
Engineers: Sam Wingate & David Segal
By 1985 Lucky Dube had already taken his first stabs at reggae, with Rastas Never Dies (1984) and Think About The Children (1985). Gallo apparently insisted he continue releasing the maskandi records that they considered more profitable, until Umadakeni (1987). Ngikwethembe Na? (Can I trust you?) may be a far cry from the reggae that made him an international star, but the synth-fuelled sound, the signature falsetto and the production team of Richard Siluma and David Segal are all the same.