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African Image

  • African Image [Gramavision, 1983] B

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African Image [Gramavision, 1983]
Brutally honest right down to the name, the label promotes South African pop pros Thomas Mkhize and Glynn Storm as "more structured and somewhat less dense than Adé's highlife [sic] style," praising their "state-of-the-art production values, modern instrumentation, and pronounced rock, jazz, and pop influences." In short, decorative exoticism, a touch slick, with pleasing Zulu chant melodies and a trap drummer who'd fit in on Carson. I like every one of its six cuts. And love none of them. B