April '17

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

Coming up we'll be checking out albums by SENYAKA, T-GROUP, TERYLENE, THE RIBBONS, BIBBI, POOSH and PARK STATION.

IZAKKA - People Let's Unite (1991)

Shandel/EMI, SHAN(V)20A   
Producers/Engineers: Selwyn Shandel & Jorge Arrigone   

Another solid album from little-known reggaman Izakka (aka Thami Sobekwa). Songs address social ills and reconciliation but with hard-to-decifer lyrics. Titles include "Kwaggastroom" (after the township south of Joburg) and "Saddam Hussein". There's a rock influence on "Reggae Blues" and soul on "Close to You". Liner notes pay tribute to "Lions" like Kaloi Lebona, Ray Phiri, Babsy Mlangeni, Nana Coyote and Stimela.