A quick step across the border to Zimbabwe for a quick post. Ilanga burned bright for three years, during which they played at the 1988 Harare Human Rights concert which also featured Peter Gabriel, Youssou N’Dour and the Bhundu Boys.
Ilanga's blend of Shona, Ndebele and Western sounds was very popular in Zimbabwe – lots of keyboards and a strong bassline. “Visions Foretold” (1987) was their first album and quickly led to favourable comparisons with South Africa’s Ray Phiri and Stimela – another hybrid of traditional and jazz.
While Ray Phiri had to 'whisper in the deep' at the time, Ilanga could defy apartheid South Africa openly; as in the track "Botha" .. 'Botha, what you gonna do when Azania is free ... you just have to jump into the sea ... time is running out for you ... where you gonna run, where you gonna hide ...".
Ilanga produced two albums before splitting up. A greatest hits CD was released, but is nigh impossible to find new.
Recorded at the Frontline Studios. Produced by T. Mabaleka.
Andy Brown (guitar, vocals)
Busi Ncube (vocals, percussion)
Don Gumbo (bass, vocals)
Keith Farquharson (keyboards)
Gibson Nyoni (drums)
Charles Mangena (backing vocals)
UPDATED LINK (July 2015)