January '17

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

This month we bring you classic grooves by the likes of OZIAS and RUSH, as well as Congolese star JOHNNY BOKELO ISENGE and plenty more.

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ABAKHWENYANA - Zabalaza (1986)

Daylight Beat/CCP/EMI, DB(O)4051021
Producer: Simon Ngwenya
Engineers: Jan Smit & Peter Thwaites
Recorded at: EMI Studios

Abakhwenyana struck the perfect balance between mbaqanga and bubblegum. The title track was picked up by Harry Belafonte for 'Amandla', the best track on his landmark 1988 album Paradise in Gazankulu, while 'Mngani Wami' became 'Monday to Monday'. Also featuring bassmen Bakithi Khumalo and Cris 'Jaws' Dlathu, both of whom featured on Belafonte’s album. Co-arranged by Sammy Klaas from The Big Dudes.