Old African Music

Thetha – Hot Summer Night

Never ever let me go

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.

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Manu Dibango – Waka Juju

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.


1. Waka Juju
2. Douala Serenade
3. Africa Boogie
4. Mouna Pola
5. Ma Marie
6. Manga-bolo


Fela Kuti – Original Sufferhead

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.

Previous version (without Fela’s keyboard solo)