July '14

Heita madoda! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection . . .

This month we bring you long-lost Shangaan grooves by one DAVID CHANKE, bubblegum from EMOTION, funky stuff by NEVILLE NASH, Sotho soul by KORI MORABA and MAKAOTA AKALAME, crossover from mlungu pantsula LIONFIRE and some early hits by Cape Town's own ROBIN AULD. Last month it was JOY, FACE TO FACE, DR VICTOR the microphone doctor, MATSHIKOS, STEM NET's political pop, JOSEPH DEE, KHUMO and HARAMBE.

THE DALOM KIDS - Sixolele (1992)
Gallo/GMP, HUL 40289
Producer: Dan Tshanda
Engineer: Dave Segal
Recorded at: Downtown Studios, JHB

Produced by bubblegum legend Dan Tshanda from Splash, the Dalom Kids where one of the biggest-selling acts of their time. Dan's signature Shangaan-influenced synth vibes have kept him and his stable of artists popular to this day.

(from Mojapelo, p. 119:)
"Daniel Tshanda brought together three girls and called them Dalom Kids. "Dalom" is a name given to him by his friends. In 1987 Petronella Rampou and Jacqueline Rotwana joined Dan Tshanda's Splash as backing vocalists. In 1989 Dan added Martha Nzaima to the two girls to form the trio. Their debut album Mbalembale went double platinum. Mathambo (1990) also did well featuring the hit 'Nomathemba'.

"At that point the pressures of showbiz forced Martha to leave the group. Her replacement came in the peron of Magdeline Zungu. Ndincedeni (1991) achieved double platinum status feature the hit 'God of Mercy'. In the middle of the pre-election violence they released a message of forgiveness in the form of their album Sixolele (1992). It was followed by other albums like Bazolungu (1993), Ncedani (1994), which achieved gold status in one week, Izidunduma (1995), Greatest Hits (1996), Ndivhiseni (1997), Nomalizo (2001) and Awulaleli (2004)."