The Bees - She's A Witch - Tikoloshi
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1. A1. She's A Witch (Tikoloshi)
2. A2. Hlabalaza
3. A3. Mjondolo (Bus House)
4. B1. Bantshi
5. B2. Ditenteng Jive
6. B3. Mathatha

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The Bees - She's A Witch - Tikoloshi

Little-known trio The Bees put out only one full album, 1988’s She’s A Witch (Tikoloshi). Its six tracks all offer dancefloor-ready, distinctively South African grooves that show how bubblegum in the late 80s embraced house music. Produced by Steve Cooks, who would go on to work with heavyweights Senyaka, Spokes H and Umoja in the years that followed. Searing vocals and percussive synth basslines are best on ‘Hlabalaza’ (already a DJ favourite) and the title track, it lyrics telling the spooky tale of an evil woman who rules the night - ‘Tikoloshi’ being the mischievous creature of Zulu folklore (usually a man) who is still widely blamed for all manner of mysterious happenings in the middle of the night.

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