Our next selection is a piece of African folk music that’s crying for a culture it can feel eroding. Ziyobalwa is sorrowful music that sooths in how it wallows. It’s a cry for preservation from a bold voice fighting for his space and culture. Continue reading Ziyobalwa – Xhanti Nokwali [produced by Nduduzo Makhatini], Top 22 Songs of 2022
I Don’t Sleep Anymore feels like a love letter to music from musicians whose main source of comfort comes from making it. You can feel that comfort and love all over the track as it continues to find ways of inject euphoria into its orbit with an orchestra of instruments. This Charles Gene Suite gem is a paradoxical gift that keeps on giving. Continue reading I Don’t Sleep Anymore – The Charles Gene Suite featuring Rāms, Laliboi, MANGALISO ASI, SOMESAYFEDI & Muhammad Dawjee, Top 22 Songs of 2022
“Oh, I’m torn apart; I should have known from the start. I can’t believe… I liked it when you loved me.” Backdropped by rain and instrumentation that’s just as gloomy, our next song is an act of fragility. Luh’ra delivers a heart-aching jazz ballad with the mournful EP-opener that is Falling Apart. Continue reading Falling Apart – Luh’ra, Top 22 Songs of 2022
Our year-end ranking and review music that came out in 2020. Part covers song ranked No. 30 – 11 with artists like Tyson S.T, Moonchild Sannelly, Big Zulu, Filah Lah Lah and Kabza De Small Continue reading Next Gen Greats’ Songs of 2020: Part 2
The sun sets on a chilly afternoon somewhere within the Midrand area. A stream of flickering Christmas lights lead towards a sold-out crowd filled with a disarming number of trailblazing creatives; from producers and artists like Zarro, Francis Jay, Una … Continue reading Tron Pyre’s City of God: The Genesis of a Star
This is an article series where I cover independent songs and artists who I believe are releasing great stuff and have amazing potential. At the end of each of these articles there’ll be curated playlists with the featured artists music … Continue reading South African Artists You Shouldn’t Be Sleeping On, Second Edition.
We’re closing in on six months since this blog started! On this journey, I’ve been exposed to an incredible amount of young artists on the come-up creating good music and there are too many to individually cover at this point. … Continue reading South African Artists You Shouldn’t Be Sleeping On, First Edition.