Kumasi - I Know You Feel It (2 x 12")
I’ve been in love with Kumasi since I was gifted a copy of their Peech Boys via Jo’burg anthem Anomakoliwa several years back, by TO’s wunder-digger Dene Kadej-Ibarra. The song is also infamous for it’s deeply felt love transaction: “I would trade many cows for you”. It’s great to finally hear the entire album, restored and remastered, a sun-soaked Jo-Burg joyride from end to end.
“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 by Smiling C
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