February '16

Heita hola! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection...

We kick off the new year with early electro grooves from AYOBAYO BAND, MASUTUTSA BAND and RAMASHELENG, not to mention the VENDA KIDS, SHADRACK NDLOVU and DAN NKOSI, as well as instrumental struggle songs by AFRICAN YOUTH BAND, reggae vibes from REGGAE MUNTU and soukous by NANA ET BANIEL.

Before that we brought you PROFESSOR RHYTHM, ALMOMO , the CRACKERS, RHYTHM KINGS and LES CHAMPIONS DU ZAIRE.

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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."