November '14

Hola majimbos! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection . . .

This month we bring you more slick disco tunes from LORRAINE STAPLE, RUFARO, JOYCE and RONNIE MARTIN, instrumental pop from HARRY MOYAGA and THE YOUNG STARS, crossover from LAPPASIDE, and some traditional grooves by UMSALOFU NAMAVIZITHA and LINGANISA NABAFANE BEJUBANE.

Last month we checked out The Invaders' JOE MOSES, SPECIAL CANE MAHLELEBE, MINEBELT, KATIE PENNINGTON, THE CHALLENGERS, SUKAZI MKHIZE, LINGANISA NABAFANA BEJUBANE and MAKAOTA AKALAME.

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.