July '16

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.

To purchase still-sealed copies of these and other albums, email djokapi[at]gmail.com!

DESIREE - Change (1990)

Umkhonto/RPM, UMKH450   
Producer: Stephen Cooks


Desiree Baird fronted another obscure new school project put together by Ed Jordan and Stephen Cooks. It's politically outspoken lyrics over R&B-influenced grooves along the lines of Janet Jackson or Paula Abdul. Writes the singer: "This is what I believe in and you who listen to the songs will feel what I'm going through. I have a strong belief that someday things will change. I want everyone to go through this phase with me. 'Where there's a will, there's got to be a way'. This is my way of proving myself to the world. Finally, a very special mention to the father of our nation, Nelson Mandela. So long in captivity, so long on patience. Change will come. Change is what we all live for..."