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VLM003 | 2021-03-26  
Vive La Musique is proud to bring you a holy grail reissue featuring South African artist - the late great Sipho Gumede - in his 'Boogie Man' guise.

'Jika Jika' is an audaciously sassy version of Grandmaster Flash's 'The Message'. A Linn drum machine and Jupiter 4 synth recreate the feel of the hip hop masterpiece, whilst Sipho's infectious bassline and a soulful female chorus, bring a whole new dimension of South African groove to the cut. A mysterious rap vocal makes this arguably South Africa's first ever hip-hop record. The flip sees a jazzy synth taking the lead over a gritty version of the instrumental for an even sleazier experience.

Recorded at the famous mobile Battery Studios in Botswana, an essential space for black South African musicians during apartheid, the original vinyl release was limited to a few hundred copies and is impossible to find. The release has been carefully remastered for this official reissue.

"The remasters sound Brilliant!I am loving it all over again nearly 40 years later! Will be great to see this debut on 7"' .
Greg Cutler
Producer

"Wow - Super Amazing dig! Congratulations!" - Soul Clap
"This is absolutely brilliant!" - Jimpster

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