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Much anticipated re-release of the only album by the South African disco funk outfit. Incl the track Picnic (Moger). VERY strong from start to finish. So groovy...
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Kumasi was a group comprised of Ray Phiri, Jabu Sibumbe, Isaac Mtshali and Lloyd Lelosa. Sometime between their formation as The Cannibals (*needing reissues*) and the almighty group Stimela, Kumasi released one album and a couple of singles. The artists had contracts under Gallo and couldn't reveal that they were linked to the music in any way, leading Kumasi to have only a brief mysterious run in the early 80s.

But the secrets out! This release presents a collection of five songs from their incredibly rare full length LP, and adds to that their version of the South African classic, ‘Picnic’. Pressed as a 2x12” compilation, sounding incredible! Kumasi brings a unique blend of disco funk with that special South African tinge.

Ray Phiri died in 2017 - this album goes out in his dedication.

Release has four variations of the Protea flower sticker

Jindřich Parma originally created this record as a studio project on his own 'Parma Productions' label in '91. The release was the debut of the musician Karya, and although the singer has become fairly prolific, 'Muž Ze Skla' (The Man Of Glass) remains an anomalous release in her catalogue.
In fact, the song never actually featured the singer we know as 'Karya' today, and was solely the experiment of Jindřich and Company. With a Balearic house sound that never really had a parallel in the country, this remains a truly unique Czechoslovakian record. Absolutely dripping in choice period features, the cut chugs right onto the Shoom dance floor, fusing the Harry Thumann bassline with a classic Balearic beat while the proggy panpipes, Fairlight choirs and spoken vocals sound cooler than the ice in your cocktail. Flip it for the arrangement adjustment of the remix, which stretches the track out for a tantric build up to the inevitable drop. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Rare Czech Balearic here from Smiling C, who introduce us to Karya and the mighty "Muz Ze Skla". Coming correct with a '91 breakbeat, snaking bassline and the exquisite New Age combo of Fairlight vocals and synth pan pipes, this is arguably the most Balearic record I've heard all year. Sure, you might have loads of things that sound like this, but you don't have this - and you do need it!


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