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20 years since recording addictive Kwaito anthem ’Amajovi Jovi’, Durban, S.A.’s Sandy B meets Danish producer and Kwaito fiend Simone Ahà and local singers for a woozy rude follow-up album
After reaching out to Sandy B in 2017 off the back of Invisible City Editions reissue of ‘Amajovi Jovi’, Simon Lundsgaard ended up contacting Sandy and visiting Durban for 5 weeks of Kwaito research and recording sessions. While living in Sandy’s studio, Simon cooked up 10 songs in the early ‘90s Kwaito style, including vocals by Msawawa and Saneh, which are all included here - 7 on vinyl and 3 on the bonus DL.
Let’s get it out of the way - there’s no ‘Amajovi Jovi’ part 2, but there are some worthy successors, most prominently when Sandy and Msawawa pass the mic, with Saneh on backing vox, over the natty house riff of ‘Sandy B & Msawawa’, the wicked hunch of ‘Shona Phansi’ and the slow burning berserk of ’Sikokela Rundkreds’. The rest, however, finds a canny balance of OG Kwaito directness and slightly more layered arrangements, resulting slunky highlights in the sozzled swing of ‘AmaYellow Bone’, a their late night strutter ‘Bhatara/Yim ‘Ophethe.’