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!

LUCKY DUBE - Ngikwethembe Na? (1985)

Gallo, BL522   
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.