Boomkat Product Review:
Reissue of rare and addictive bubblegum-house flavours from late ‘80s South Africa via Afrosynth Recordings
The Bees’ little-known 1988 album ‘She’s A Witch’ revolves six ‘floor-ready jams melding the kind of bubblegum-styled, lilting vocal harmonies that developed thru the ‘80s, with a slicker lick of Chi-house demonstrating how South Africa embraced the sound, like everywhere else at the time.
The title track ‘She’s A Witch (Tikoloshi)’ is a real standout balancing super rugged bassline with those signature, pained vocal harmonies, singing lyrics about a ’Tikoloshi’, the mischievous creature of Zulu folklore (usually a man) who is blamed for all manner of mysterious happenings at night. Next to the more uptempo and slicker glyde of the DJ-ready ‘Hlabalaza’, this one’s a bit of a must.