PVB Music, PVBL1005
Producers: Patric van Blerk & Fransua Roos (assoc: Peter Vee & Ralph Martin)
Engineer: Ralph Martin
Recorded at: Priority Mobile
Innovative crossover effort of American soul and reggae classics paired with original tracks penned by Fransua Roos, Peter Vee and Patric van Blerc. Featuring saxman Mike Makhalemele and backing singers Felicia Marion and Thoko Ndlovu.
Van Blerc writes the liner notes: "Paul Simon's involvement with South African music opened many ears and eyes, including mine. I had long wanted to do an album of soul songs and now suddenly I had a major inspiration: In reworking the great soul/r&b/reggae classics, I should marry these songs with the currenlty [sic] fashionable "pantsula" rhythms of the townships... What with all that has gone down in this country in recent years, all the pain and misery and anger, I truly hope that this musical effort will play even a small role in what should be a really new tomorrow. Let the groove begin..."
Heita-da! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection...
This month we pay tribute to the recent passing of David Masondo by bringing you his legendary SOUL BROTHERS. We also check out rockers CLOUT, choral grooves by the LESOTHO MIGHTY BOYS, gospel synths from PRAYER FOR S.A., bubblegum by PHILLIP MATHOLE, a young Bhekumuzi Luthuli in OSHOMI, not forgetting the fancy fingers of TREVOR NASSER.
Last month it was SHALOM, JAZINO, BRENDA & THE BIG DUDES, ADAYE, DAVID MABIKA, ALTAR and THAMI & THE ALL-ROUNDERS.