Bill Of Rights (BW2114)
It's been a rocky road for the six young men of Achisa who grew up together in a Baptist orphanage in Langa, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town. They begun their career together singing R&B, but following their fateful meeting with Simpiwe Matole of Amampondo begun developing their own style. By the time they started recording their debut album, 'Achisa', their music was fusing traditional African rhythms with contemporary technology and their message had become more direct, political and better delivered in a rap, hip hop style. Tracks such as 'Say No To Guns' and 'Stop The Violence' attracted the attention of the South African Non Violence Project and they were invited to perform before Nelson Mandela.
Short on the heels of their first album, the group were eager to
produce more and in the summer of '97 flew to England accompanied by
their mentor Simpiwe to record with Krishna Booker (alias Chil Factor)
and Diana Booker.
They recorded for several weeks at the MELT studio in Sussex and the
result is this dynamic politicised second album. Under the watchful
direction of these producers, aka Eyedentity, the band's growing
maturity is self evident and their social awareness and self
sufficiency underscore tracks such as 'Condom' and 'Achisa's in
This powerful, punchy music transmits a message not only to the youth
of South Africa, but to the rest of the world. 'Bill of Rights'
continues the bands quest for non-violent solutions and like their
debut represents the aspirations of a post apartheid generation who
still feel the legacy of power and violence as very real. Sadly in 2000
the group was split up when one of the members tragically died from the
injuries of a stray bullet - their appeal to SAY NO TO GUNS has become
even more relevant. Peace little brother!
1. BILL OF RIGHTS
2. BAYA BALEKA
4. ACHISA'S IN CONTROL
5. WHEN YOU COMING BACK
7. WHO'S YOUR MAN
8. SHO SHOLOZA
9. TALES OF THE CITY