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Mabuta
Welcome To This World

Neo-jazz ensemble Mabuta group drop an eight-track LP. Despite its creators hailing from South Africa, Welcome To This World is very much of the new global school that takes in NYC’s Onyx Collective and London artists like Moses Boyd and Joe Armon-Jones. One thing that distinguishes this record is a distinct Afrofuturist bent that aligns Mabuta with the likes of Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. As he has been decreed to do on every other record released in 2018, Shabaka Hutchings toots his horn a few times.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AFS041)
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  • Last copy

Sea Bee
I Wanda Why?

See Bee’s 1994 EP I Wanda Why? Has been concentrated from 6 tracks to 4, for its reissue on Afrosynth, the label owned by DJ Okapi. The four tracks here are all essential and reliable house bangers that will get the dancefloor full every time. Composed, produced and arranged by influential South African musician, Spokes H.
  • Vinyl 12" (AFS039)

Night Force & The Tom Cats
Dance

Some superb old boogie from Afrosynth Records here. Night Force originally released the energetic ‘Dance’ in Europe in 1980, but the track was officially slowed down (from 45 rpm to 33) for the South African edition a year later. It is the latter we concern ourselves with here. The 1981 release was bolstered by four sleek, sexy SA disco tunes from The Tom Cats. Anyone with an interest in the rainbow nation’s house styles should give this one a spin.
  • Vinyl LP (AFS037)

Volcano / The Beat Gangsters
Vanonyana Lava / Chappies (Reluctant Mix)

Split 12" reissue of two sought after 90s South African cuts. The A-side is the much sought after Vanonyana Lava by Volcano. This track saw Volcano mixing the Kwaito genre with house for an addictive result. The B-side is The Beat Gangsters's Chappies, named for a brand of gum. Chew on that!

Burnin Beat featuring Olive Masinga
It's Hot

This mysterious South African disco obscurity was released on RPM in 1979 and sees its first reissue here on Afro Synth. It’s Hot is a vivid and raw 11-minute-long workout led by diva Olive Masinga. B-side Searchin’ is in a very similar vein but boasts some particularly wild and insistent synth riffs. A no-brainer if you like it funky and arcane.