Thapelo Khomo was born and raised in Soweto, South Africa. I found this track on an album a friend sent over called Thapelo Khomo Presents: The African Groove Experience Volume 2 on the label African Cream. Check out both hyper-links, really cool vibes here.
Khomo’s music career took off with the group Kataki in 1984. In 1985, he toured France and the USA with Malopoets, which earned him a place as keyboardist in the prominent South African super-group Stimela. Absolutely great vibes to check out. Happy Monday! Em
Today’s tune is refresh by the classic ‘Gyae Su’ by Ghanaian highlife legend Pat Thomas. Its a beautiful version full of flowing guitars and tropical sun flecked with horn stabs that recall the Afro-funk sounds of his collaborator Ebo Taylor. A perfect record to start the summer off with and now streaming in full thanks to the lovely people of Hype Machine before its release next week. How nice.
Another gem brought to us by crate-digger extraordinaire Mr Bongo. Straight out of Ghana C. K. Mann delivers a big hit of Highlife fused with Latin-jazz elements and some soul for good measure. Although you can’t go wrong with some afrobeat its worth digging into Ghana’s alternative and there is no better place to start than the ‘King of Highlife‘ and his Carousel 7. Can’t fail to put a smile on your face.
Generally I wouldn’t consider myself to be a huge fan of ‘indie’ but sometimes you listen to a track and it just totally grabs you. This was the case for the new single from The Griswolds, an Australian band who are fairly well known down-under but don’t have much of a profile here. I suspect that won’t be the case for long.
Beware the Dog is catchy as hell from the very start. Plucked guitars and Hammond organ manage to bring to mind Highlife and Soukous at the same time and remind me of basically the only part of Vampire weekend I ever really liked. File next to Friendly Fires but with solid songwriting and a little of that Australian magic that seems to be going round at the moment.
Surprise summer hit?
It is on Soundcloud as well if Spotify is not you’re thing. Its just a bit of a low quality version.