Achisa

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During the mid nineties Kwaito (local version of house music) was on its way to absolute popularity and domination in South Africa whilst Hip Hop was conquering the world elsewhere. Achisa's release of local Hip Hop was an attempt to voice their problems of mostly shattered homes, death and violence around them. Achisa consisted of Thabo Matheatzie, Thembile Bam, Monde Nyamakazi, Lunga Mbethe, Suvuyo Kemele, and Sipho Mamomsi: six young men who grew up together at the Khayamnandi Baptist Home for Boys in the South African township of Langa, where they lived with other boys from mixed backgrounds.

Albums:

  1. Achisa
  2. Bill of Rights
"We used to sing in the church. It was only Thabo, Monde, Thembile and Suvuyo at first. In 1995, we met Simpiwe Matole of Amampondo (the group famous for Marimba, singing and dancing from South Africa and well known all over the world). The connection was Suvuyo, 'cause he was playing in the brass band led by Simpiwe. That year was the beginning and we sang at the Ikapa Festival: the community clash made a noise like the elephants!" "We were singing R&B at that time, Boyz-2-Men style, and Thabo was in charge of the song writing. As time went on, Simpiwe used to go with us whenever we had a gig with his brass band. As the year was about to end, Simpiwe told us about the powerful man from overseas who maybe wanted to record us. So we called up these two guys, Sipho and Lunga, and we made six." The group recorded two albums, the first ACHISA in 1995 was produced by Sheldon Isaacs and helped by Orb collaborators Kris Weston and Greg Hunter. In the summer of '97 Achisa worked with producers of the group Eyedentity from Los Angles - Krishna Booker (alias Chill Factor) and Diana Booker (alias dB) on the album "Bill of Rights". The band dissolved in 1999 when over a period of one year two members were shot dead and became victim of what they so vividly tried to oppose in their campaign track "Say No To Guns"