With its latest release, the Awesome Tapes from Africa label has again done what it does best—reissuing a largely undiscovered gem of decades-old African music, this time in the form of Penny Penny’s 1994 debut Shaka Bundu. Pulled from the eight-track affair is “Dance Khomela,” a house-minded dancefloor workout which adds airy organs, MIDI saxophone melodies, sharp piano chords, and chanted vocals to its steady drum-machine skip. The results are as genuinely fun and carefree as a South African house tune from 1994 should be, and one featured on yet another record which lives up to the name of its label—except for the fact that Shaka Bundu is actually currently available as a CD, LP, and in digital form, rather than just the usual cassette.

Dance Khomela