Spanish producer and multi-instrumentalist, Anthonius, collaborates with acclaimed South African artist Sibusile Xaba on new mini-album ‘GOSHINBOKU’, absorbing influences from 80s Afro boogie and Afro disco, to Cuban son to create a captivating listen, worthy of our Future Classics column. Out now on Tokonoma Records.
GOSHINBOKU follows Anthonius previous release, ‘Itoigawa’, featuring collaborations with folk artists Tidiane and Syla from Guinea Conakry, which earned praise and attention from the likes of Tom Ravenscroft on BBC Radio 6 Music, John Gomez on NTS, LAANI on Worldwide FM, and Dr Rob at Banbantonton.
A remarkable artist, guitarist and vocalist, steeped in the Maskandi / Mbaqanga traditions of the KwaZulu Natal midlands, South Africa, Sibusile Xaba has released acclaimed albums on Mushroom Hour Half Hour and Komos, collaborated with Shabaka Hutchings and Tumi Mogorosi, and contributed to a compilation for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings.
“GOSHINBOKU” artfully blends acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments, resulting in a powerful and intimate sound that travels from the heart of Africa to Cuba and Europe. The track “La Ceiba” is a standout, with its infusion of Cuban son and contemporary beats, guaranteed to get listeners on their feet and dancing. “Sunrise in Lagos” and “Disco Zulú” pay homage to the great African music producers of the 80s, embodying the Afro-boogie and Afro-disco sounds of that era.
“A Night in Belize” is a tribute to Wally Badarou and his Hi-Life, while “Le Demond De la Foret” serves as an enchanting introduction to a tale inspired by Ghibli stories, where humans and animals unite to save the planet from industrial collapse.
“GOSHINBOKU” is an outstanding blend of sounds and cultures that is guaranteed to radiate from speakers not only this summer but beyond.