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"It's a Mess"

by Tata Sibeko

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Behold the sizzling South African boogie sound of Tata Sibeko. A killer producer, arranger and bass wizard, Tata channelled the gloomy current affairs landscape of 1985 into this glimmering Afro-synth gem. As South African pop embraced 1980s synth culture, maxi-singles on 12-inch vinyl became the new canvas of expression with wider grooves for fat beats and extended mixes that suited dancefloors. Former Kabasa frontman Tata Sibeko dropped "It’s a Mess" in 1985, cooling Cold War political tension with dramatic synths, a seductive bass groove and an appeal to “learn to love each other” and “save ourselves from catastrophe."


released February 12, 2019

Produced by Tata "TNT" Sibeko & Graham Handley
2019 Remaster by Dan Elleson

Original South African Release 1985
Licensed Courtesy Buda T. Music


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SHARP-FLAT Cape Town, South Africa

Southern African Vintage Sounds and Modern Classics • As-Shams Archive • Zambia Music Parlour Legacy

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