November '15

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

This month we bring you Congolese maestro KOFFI OLOMIDE, the one and only MONWA, classic bubblegum by ALMOMO, MASEMYS and OKIE and more soulful grooves from the CRACKERS and RHYTHM KINGS.

Last month we checked out jazzman STEVE DYER and bubblegum legends DAN NKOSI, ZIZI KONGO, BANJO and THE COMFORTERS.

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WILLIAM MTHETHWA & THE YOUNG FIVE - Cost of Living is Too High (1987)

Roy B/Dephon, RBL127   
Producers: William Mthethwa, Richard Mitchell, Phil Hollis   
Engineer: Richard Mitchell       
Recorded at: Powerhouse & Battery Mobile

William 'Mr Everything' Mthethwa's backing band The Young Five were bigger than their name suggested - made up of keyboard trio Sam Moatshe, Dumisane Dlamini and Justus Mfocwa, as well as Henry Martin on guitar, Molefi Motijoane (bass), Shakes Radebe (drums), Solly Mochane (congos) and Sipho Bengu on sax. They had a big hit with the title track, while 'Tokoloshe' and 'Jikeleza' also catch this charismatic singer at his bubblegum best. "This album is dedicated to millions of jobless people all over the world. Hope 1987 is going to be a better year."