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!

VOLCANO - Tshigubu Tshanga (1993)

Eric Frisch/ZMC, EFL1087
Producers: Doctor X & R. Makhubele
Engineers: L. Mokoena & M. Makume
Mixed by: L. Mokoena & M. Makume
Recorded at: Suite 3 Studios


One of the biggest bubblegum bands of the 80s, Volcano parted ways with Gallo in late 1990, joining Eric Frisch's label and recruiting new members to back frontman Richard ‘Poso’ Mhubele, ensuring that they continued putting out great music into the 90s. Most of this album, their sixth, relies on tried-and-trusted Shangaan-influenced synths similar to their arch-rivals Splash, but on ‘Vanonyana Lava’ and ‘Another 24 Hours’ the new-school kwaito groove is obvious. For vinyl lovers however by 1993 South Africa's pressing plants had shut down, with only limited stock manufactured in neighbouring Zimbabwe for the next few years. Followed by The Bold and the Beautiful (1994), Khegu (1997) and Mama Ka Sbongile (1999).