Today is more than just a day off work, and I hope you haven’t forgotten that. It’s National Women’s Day because, in 1956, 20000 women of different cultures and races marched on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against Apartheid pass laws and fight for the rights of women in South Africa. We should stand proud and honour the memory of this action. Celebrate the women of this country, not just today but every day.
Boskasie – Make Me Feel
The Cape Town born Soul singer presents us with a jazzy kwaito jam that will easily find a home on any dancefloor. You may recognize her from hear feature on Cassper Nyovest’s ‘Move For Me’ but you’ll remember her for this song, it will stay with you long after you’re done with the first play. She has the potential to be a voice of power and longevity, especially when her solo work is this strong.
Lizwi – Colors EP
I have maintained in the past and still do to this day, there is something magical in the air and water in Durban that nurtures the music we are blessed with from that region. Lizwi fuses traditional acoustic sounds with electronica to gift us with a dance music call to the ancestors. This has been my favourite find recently, and her EP also happens to feature the humble and incredible Kususa who have remixed her track Traveller.
Sithelo – Forever feat SkyeWanda
We are really blessed with the most dynamic and powerful vocalists in South Africa. And our dance music industry has created a home for a lot of them. There is an anthemic potential in the quality of this track. Not overcomplicated in the rhythm, it serves as the perfect foundation for the soulful vocal performance. I look forward to seeing how the popularity of this track grows.
Aubrey Qwana – Uhamba Nobani feat Sho Madjozi
The first time I heard Aubrey was on the award-winning Sho Madjozi album Limpopo Champions League. We are now blessed with Qwana’s new single featuring Sho Madjozi. The pairing of these tow artists produces a soothing combination of vernacular, balladry, smooth groove and rhythm. The world is starting to recognize a variety of genres coming out of South Africa and being able to showcase the beauty of our indigenous languages is incredibly special.
Mikky Jaggaz – Necessary feat Blaklez
Nigerian born but Johannesburg based, Jaggaz delivers a blend of afro-pop and dancehall complimented by the raspy, attention-grabbing flow of South African rapper Blacklez. Since moving to JHB Jaggaz has worked with the likes of Professor, Heavy K, and Gemini Major. It is the kind of cross-continent collaboration we need to embrace as much as possible because music connects people and speaks when words fail.