Kabasa

African Sunset

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Originally released in 1982 on the short-lived Lyncell Records imprint, BBE Music is excited to present the brilliant and ultra-rare album ‘African Sunset’ by South African band Kabasa. Formed in Soweto by vocalist and bassist Tata “TNT” Sibeko, guitarist Robert “Doc” Mthalane (described as the Jimi Hendrix of South Africa) and percussionist OupaSegwai, Kabasa recorded a trio of powerful albums in early-80s Johannesburg. Having been part of the iconic Afro-rock band Harari, the first ever local black pop band to appear on South African TV, Mthalane and Segwai decamped to team up with Sibeko for Kabasa’s eponymous debut in 1980. ‘African Sunset’ is their third and final album and is produced by the band with songwriting duties shared between founding members Sibeko and Mthalane as well as newly-joined percussionist and flautist Mabote “Kelly” Petlane. Taking in psychedelic rock influences alongside shades of jazz, funk and more traditional sounds, ‘African Sunset’ is a timeless album, standing out to this day thanks to its heavy grooves, great songwriting and superior musicianship. With original pressings of ‘African Sunset’ now virtually impossible to find, BBE Music is delighted to present this carefully remastered version that includes original artwork. Available on vinyl, CD and digital formats.

The first ever reissue for this ultra-rare 1982 album by South African band Kabasa. Kabasa was formed in Soweto by vocalist and bassist Tata “TNT” Sibeko, guitarist Robert “Doc” Mthalane (a former member of iconic Afro-rock band Harari, the first ever local black pop band to appear on South African TV). A unique and timeless album taking in psychedelic rock influences alongside shades of jazz, funk and more traditional sounds. Carefully remastered and pressed on heavyweight vinyl, complete with original artwork. Original copies of the LP are now almost impossible to find, fetching hundreds of pounds when they occasionally surface.

TRACK LISTING

1. Rainbow Children
2. Mafeteng
3. African Sunset
4. Feeling Of The 60's
5. Walking In The Jungle
6. Awundiva
7. Happy To Be Me
8. Sengiyesaba

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