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Kamazu - Korobela
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Afrosynth)
15,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
New anthology on Afrosynth Records brings together six songs by South African disco star Kamazu, spanning his career from 1986 to 1997: two of his biggest hits, ‘Korobela’ and ‘Indaba Kabani’, two more obscure songs from his catalogue, ‘Victim’ and ‘Why’, and two tracks from his kwaito comeback, ‘Mjukeit’ and ‘Atikatareni’.
Obed Ngobeni And The Kurhula Sisters - Ta Duma
Obed Ngobeni And The Kurhula Sisters
Ta Duma
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Afrosynth)
14,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Obed Ngobeni and his backing singers the Kurhula Sisters were among the originators of Shangaan Disco, a genre that helped shape South Africa’s ‘bubblegum’ sound of the 80s.
The group emerged in 1983 with 'Kuhluvukile Ka Zete', a hit that later gained international recognition as ‘Kazet’. In 1984 Ngobeni followed this with the album Gazankulu, which included the irresistably catchy ‘Ta Duma’, pioneering in its fusion of traditional and electronic - a sign of things to come.
Heads Music boss Emil Dean Zoghby also cooked up a disco version of the track with producer Peter Moticoe and engineer Phil Audoire for release as a 12” (with a dub, of course), replacing the original version’s guitars with another layer of stinging synths and a proto-house beat to drive the song’s emphatic call-and-response chorus.
Ta Duma, the latest release on DJ Okapi’s Afrosynth Records, brings together all three versions of this massive track for the first time - a tribute to the roots of bubblegum. On the B-side, ‘Xikhobva’ offers a more traditional bass and guitar-driven groove over simmering drums.
Ntombi Ndaba & Survival - Tomorrow
Ntombi Ndaba & Survival
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Afrosynth)
13,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Incl. her in demand tune "Tomorrow" . Six-track anthology of South African singer Ntombi Ndaba, featuring 2 songs from 3 of her solo albums, Mina Ngiljaji (1988), Mama Nature (1989) and Why Me (1991).
Ntombi Ndaba first rose to fame in 1985 with Ntombi & Survival, becoming one of the most popular singers of the bubblegum era. After setting up the independent label Anneko with her producer A.T. ‘Rubber’ Khoza in 1988, she went solo. Following Khoza’s death in the early 1990s, Ndaba never recorded again.
Adaye - Turn It Up
Sea Bee - I Wanda Why?
Sea Bee
I Wanda Why?
12" | 1984 | EU | Reissue (Afrosynth)
13,99 €*
Release:1984 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Originally released in South Africa in 1994 on the Mighty Good Sounds imprint, Sea Bee’s debut album was a hit in the earliest days of kwaito, the house-infused soundtrack of a newly democratic nation. While it may have been Sea Bee’s release, key to the album’s success was the magic touch of Spokes H, who composed, produced and arranged all the tracks. Sea Bee would soon disappear off the radar, while Spokes remained an influential and popular figure in SA until his untimely death in 2013.
The latest release on DJ Okapi’s Afrosynth Records removes two tracks from the original six-track album, keeping four of the choicest downtempo dancefloor bombs – ‘Home Boy’, ‘I Wanda Why’, ‘Thiba’ and ‘Stoppa - all heavy on the bass, with uplifting vocals and unique lyrics guaranteed to not let any discerning (or aspiring) DJ down – ever!
Burnin Beat - It's Hot Feat. Olive Masinga
Burnin Beat
It's Hot Feat. Olive Masinga
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Afrosynth)
13,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In demand massive South African disco banger from 1979. Now reissued for the first time on the Afro Synth imprint.
Bees, The - She's A Witch - Tikoloshi
Bees, The
She's A Witch - Tikoloshi
LP | 1988 | EU | Reissue (Afrosynth)
13,99 €*
Release:1988 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Little-known trio The Bees put out only one full album, 1988’s She’s A Witch (Tikoloshi). Its six tracks all offer dancefloor-ready, distinctively South African grooves that show how bubblegum in the late 80s embraced house music. Produced by Steve Cooks, who would go on to work with heavyweights Senyaka, Spokes H and Umoja in the years that followed. Searing vocals and percussive synth basslines are best on ‘Hlabalaza’ (already a DJ favourite) and the title track, it lyrics telling the spooky tale of an evil woman who rules the night - ‘Tikoloshi’ being the mischievous creature of Zulu folklore (usually a man) who is still widely blamed for all manner of mysterious happenings in the middle of the night.
Mabuta - Welcome To This World
Welcome To This World
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Afrosynth)
17,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
"Shane Cooper is a bassist, composer and producer from Cape Town, South
Africa. He is part of the new wave of young voices in the South African jazz
scene. A prolific sideman and award-winning acoustic jazz artist, he also
involved in South Africa’s leftfield electronic dance scene under the alias Card
On Spokes.
in 2017 Shane wanted to start a new project that would be a platform for him
to consolidate ideas from his jazz and electronic pursuits under one umbrella.
This project is MABUTA. The name is the Japanese world for ‘eyelid’ and plays
on the power of the eyelid as the doorway between the dream world and the
real world. He recruited some of South Africa’s most exciting young artists for
the group: Bokani Dyer (piano, Rhodes and synths), Sisonke Xonti (tenor sax),
Marion Witbooi (drums) and Robin Fassie-Kock (trumpet). He then ran a
successful crowdfunding campaign to raise the money to record their debut
album Welcome To This World. The 8-track album is energetic and wide,
fusing acoustic and electronic elements while venturing into various corners
of Africa, including Mali, Nigeria and Ethiopia. It features several guest artists
including tenor saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (Shabaka & The Ancestors,
Sons of Kemet) from London."
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