THE BOOGIE MAN - Jika Jika (1984)

Vuka Afrika/Priority/Wea, VUS1210
Producers: Greg Cutler & Sipho Gumede
Recorded at: The Mobile Recording Studio, Woodpecker Inn, Gaborone, Botswana

One of South Africa's most revered bassists, Sipho Gumede first hit the big time with jazz supergroup Sakhile. Not long afterward he assumed a pseudonym, dressed like an undertaker and rapped in Zulu for this experiment with hip-hop, decades before the genre became popular in Mzansi. As one might expect from a musician of his stature, the end result is a winner. B-side includes a radio version and a funked up "Odd bits" mix.