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!

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."