Friday, October 1, 2010
Behold An Awesome Tape From Africa, Brothers: Penny Penny- Shaka Bundu (1994)
Here's a narcotically delightful find from the fine fine fellow at Awesome Tapes From Africa. If you've never passed the time strolling the rich pastures of awesome tapes featured there, then perhaps it's time you payed it a visit. It is truly a gift to humanity.
Penny Penny (born Eric Kobane, in South Africa) is one of 68 children, his father having taken 17 wives. After working in the gold mines, and apparently garnering some acclaim for breakdancing there, he moved to Johannesburg and eventually managed to enter the recording industry through some luck and ingenuity.
This tape, from 1994, is a style of music apparently called Tsonga Disco, or Shangaan Disco. I don't know a lot about this genre (although this guy certainly appears to), or its history, but I can report experiencing an intense personal thrill listening to these fat beats, thickly delicious female backup vocals, cheap n' sexcellent keyboard sounds, and gruff interjections from Papa Penny himself. This is pure, uncut ear candy. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we can call it what it is: an Awesome Tape From Africa.
Note: even if you don't think this sounds like it would be up your alley, try it out. Feel the expansion of your alley. Feel it making room for Penny Penny.
PENNY PENNY † SHAKA BUNDU