Known for his work with Harari and the Beaters before Umoja, “Om” Alec Khaoli created a singular oeuvre of funk/rock/folk/disco musis uring the course of his decades-long reign as one of the most influential artists in the highly challenging (to put it mildly) apartheid-era music scene.
Originally released in 1988, "707" is perhaps the band’s most successful outing, which was all Love and vocoder, positivity and synth. This recording rocks short and sweet, with a dollop of electronic post-disco hook-y songwriting. Every song was a top ten hit at the time, and to me this music feels timeless.
If in doubt, check the vintage music video for title track “707” and dare to ignore the inimitable—and ultimately groundbreaking—allure of Umoja.
Format: 12-inch Vinyl Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa Catalog: ATFA025 Released: May 2017 Genre: African / Synth Pop