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.

To purchase still-sealed copies of these and other albums, email djokapi[at]gmail.com!

INDOD'ENGAZIWA - Thembalami (1985)

Daylight Beat/CCP/EMI, DB(O)105
Producer: Simon Ngwenya
Engineer: Fab Grosso
Recorded at: EMI Studios

"The unknown man" was an alias of Simon Ngwenya, one of the most innovative producers in the mbaqanga genre with the prolific and longstanding Abakhwenyana, who experimented with synths and studio FX instead of traditional instruments like the accordian and guitar. Left to his own devices as a solo artist, he donned his long grey beard and put out some of the hottest tunes of the day, alongside the Madlala Brothers and the Soul Brothers.