THE BEES | She's A Witch *Tikoloshi*


she's a witch *tikoloshi*

Label: Afrosynth
Cat No: AFS042


12" electro electronic funk house south africa


A1. She's A Witch (Tikoloshi)
A2. Hlabalaza
A3. Mjondolo (Bus House)
B1. Bantshi
B2. Ditenteng Jive
B3. Mathatha


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.