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Warrick Sony unleashes his latest Kalahari Surfers album

Kalahari Surfers - One Party State Album Cover
One Party State by Kalahari Surfers

One Party State (Lester Gabang):

Warrick Sony, fresh back from the African Soul Rebels tour (12 cities across the UK with 2 other West African bands) unleashes his latest Kalahari Surfers album. This one features heavy dubstep style wobbly-bass-groove tracks and cut up voice samples from some of poet Lesego Rampolokeng’s performances. Themes tackle some of the bizarre aspects of living in a third world banana republic (nothing specific though always hinted) – the track “A New Kind of Leader” features a woman voice saying these words in an atmosphere of twisted electro uncertainty “He was a new kind of leader / He spoke simply Everyone could understand / He was a man of the people / He had his own vision For boys and girls“. Danceble and simultaneously unsettling.

A lot of the tracks are strangely scary or haunting while they do underscore some of the current South African terrors and dilemmas. Hugely danceable the title track, One Party State, is almost a Krumping classic with crowd chant and a megaphonic voice samples. The album is a return to a shorter ‘song’ format with lots of radio and TV voice cut ups and one haunting song Twin Peaks type song which includes the lyric “good people have left / criminals have rights.” The most powerfully political album since their 80’s Recommended Records releases ‘One Party State’ is a musical tour de force of the variables of a fallible democracy.

Available at Rhythm Music Store


Playlist Creator & Web Marketer. The son of a church organist father and pianist mother, South African born Brian Currin grew up surrounded by music. In his pre-teen years he realised that he had no real talent for playing music and he couldn't sing, so he immersed himself in the world of music by listening, exploring and researching. Which he still does today. He served in the military for five years, then spent many years in corporate sales and marketing until his involvement in the re-discovery of Rodriguez, opened up a whole new world for him. He was the Content Editor for Rhythm Online, South Africa's first online music store, from 2006 to 2012. He ran Mabu Vinyl, the iconic music store seen in the Oscar-winning "Searching For Sugar Man" film from 2013 to 2019. His voice could be heard on the streaming radio station All Jazz Radio where he hosted the Vagabond Show from 2012 to 2019. He is very involved in promoting South African music, and is the co-owner of a number of music-related websites including which he founded in 1999.

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