July '15

Peace magents! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection! This month we bring you bubblegum hits by SHALOM, JAZINO, BRENDA & THE BIG DUDES and ADAYE, and some fresh grooves by DAVID MABIKA, ALTAR and THAMI & THE ALL-ROUNDERS.

Last month we checked out STIMELA, SAILOR and NELLI, and before that OZIAS NTSELE, PETER MARINGA, MICHAEL LEBESE & THE AFRICAN VIBES, MARUMO and MANKA LE PHALLANG.

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."