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!

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.