SC#03: Kumasi – I Know You Feel It

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I Know You Feel It
I Know You Feel It
I Know You Feel It
I Know You Feel It
I Know You Feel It
I Know You Feel It
I Know You Feel It

Kumasi was a South African supergroup. The member’s work as musicians in South Africa dates back to the early ‘70s, recording with various projects around the Johannesburg area. A couple of years before Kumasi got together, Jabu Sibumbe (bass) and Lloyd Lelosa (keys) were playing with The Movers, co-writing albums of traditional, disco and jazz-funk music, and Ray Phiri (guitar, vocals) and Isaac Mtshali (drums) were core members of The Cannibals, who led a similar path through musical trends of the time. Both groups created a sound that was matched by few, and their back-catalogs remain to be a testament to the high caliber of their musicianship.\
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The four wanted to collaborate on a new project, however, The Cannibals were under contract to Gallo Records, a South African major label, which prevented them from recording releases under a different name. This meant Kumasi had to record anonymously to avoid breaking their agreements. Nazir Osman, a local music lover and candy salesman, was passionate about their music as The Movers & The Cannibals and offered to produce the hidden supergroup on his label, Kongas. They fused together, creating a unique blend of disco funk with emotive off-kilter vocals and a special South African tinge. Listening to the album, it’s apparent that the musicality displayed could be linked to its mysterious members. A further piece of the puzzle can be revealed listening to Stimela, one of South Africa’s most beloved groups; the group that Kumasi inevitably morphed into.\
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Kumasi reached heights of musicianship few artists from South Africa did. Their combination of interesting key changes and an unrelenting rhythm section set them apart as a legendary group in the South African ‘80s cannon.\
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This release presents a collection of six of their best songs. Five songs were pulled from their incredibly rare full-length LP “I Know You Feel It”, and we added their version of the South African classic, ‘Picnic’ to complete the anthology.\
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Remastered and Restored on 2x12” pressed at 45rpm. Comes with a protea flower sticker on the sleeve.