Thetha is an isiWhosa word for “speak”. Its members were Vusi Khumalo (leader & drums), Wings Segale (leads vocals), Bakithi Khumalo (bass guitar), Lawrence Matshiza (guitar), Makhaya Mahlangu (percussion) and Bushy Seathlolo (keyboards)
Their 1985 maxi single “Love Me Tonight” became this afro-funk group’s big hit.
Ode to Juju Music on this 6-track album from 1982.
Mixing afrobeat, highlife and jazz funk influences across 6 tracks, Dibango incorporated electronic elements into his sound, with synths played by legend Wally Badarou.
Part of Fela Kuti‘s 50th anniversary special reissues, here’s Vinyl Box #5 (to be released December 10th), limited to 4000 copies worldwide.
Box Set #5 was co-curated by Femi Kuti & Chris Martin (of Coldplay).
While preparing the masters for Box Set #5, audio engineer extraordinaire Colin Young discovered four minutes of “lost” material on the B-side of an original 1981 pressing, which includes a superb keyboard solo by Fela that had been omitted from subsequent reissues. The restored version used here starts and finishes with Fela’s keyboard work, a typically venturesome blend of futurism and visceralism.