Dec '14 - Jan '15

Vukani mawethu! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection . . .

This festive season we bring you LAPPASIDE, JOYCE, the legendary RICHARD JON SMITH, SHADIII, AFRICAN IMAGE, Zulu grooves from LINGANISA NABAFANE BEJUBANE and THISA, xmas synths by BONNY, something different from THE SOFT SHOES, a 1985 tribute album to DESMOND TUTU and a synth-packed gospel compilation.

Last month we checked out LORRAINE STAPLE, RUFARO, RONNIE MARTIN, HARRY MOYAGA, THE YOUNG STARS, and UMSALOFU NAMAVIZITHA.

Bless up!

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."