Alec “Om” Khaoli -bass
At the end of 1982 the original line-up of the South African band Harari disbanded. By the early eighties a number of musicians had joined and left the band. Most of these members pursued solo careers.
The disco-related track “You Are The One (Bambo Wangu)” by Om’ Alec Khaoli, released in 1984 worldwide, may be slightly familiar with lovers of electro and hi-nrg but today’s post shines a light on an album released earlier, in South Africa in 1982 ; ‘Magic Touch’, a solo effort from the former bass player and founder member of Harari and Umoja.
The groove is definitely early 80’s, all synthesizers, vocoders, warm fender rhodes, guitars and of course fender bass. An all important groove is present on the six tracks on this album, Om’ Khaoli even sings on a few tracks while Masike Mohapi is responsible for the vocals on ‘Tonight’. Stompie Manana plays the flugel horn and trumpet and Barney Rachabane brings the alto saxophone to life in ‘Be My Wife’, one of the stronger tracks on this album.
side 1.1 -Number One
1.2 -Jog On
1.3 -Magic Touch
side 2.1 -Tonight
2.3 -Be My Wife
All songs composed, arranged and produced by Alec “Om” Khaoli.
check this rare album by Om’Khaoli for sale here
see also my precious post the homebrew of Harari -Township Soul & Boogie pt 3
“Magic Touch” released by Gallo Records 1982 South Africa (GALLO ML4611)