Fresh Flex Friday

Fresh Flex Friday #98

There is a lot of emotion in today’s selection and if you are feeling even the slightest ounce of sensitivity today you will be taken on a rollercoaster with this playlist.

The beauty of music is that is able to speak to you on levels you aren’t always consciously aware of but when it hits you, you are overwhelmed in the most incredible way. Get in, we’re going for a ride.

Ami Faku – Inde Lendlela

Ahead of her highly anticipated debut studio album, Ami Faku has made this single available to tease our emotions. I knew I wouldn’t be ready for this much beautiful emotion so early in the morning. I have chills and my eyes were doing this weird leaking thing that I believe is the first sign of a solid cry approaching. Her voice is like a warm blanket that wraps around your cold heart. You have been warned and if you listen to this in public today be prepared to show your vulnerability to strangers.

DJ Maphorisa x Kabza De Small feat. Samthing Soweto & Shasha – Asambeni (Akulaleki)

Amapiano has taken the country by storm in a manner that is unmatched even by gqom. Johannesburg will soon be hosting an Amapiano festival and the genre even has a nickname already, “the yanos”. My favourite part of this genre is how the subtle rhythm allows the vocal features to flourish in all the right places before the signature bass line coerces you into a vosho. The combination of all the artists on this track is really special and I’m keeping it on repeat all weekend.

David Scott – Follow The Wind

Amongst the memes and jokes online, David Scott is standing up for the rights of South African artists while creating magic like this collaboration with Chantal Van T from Diamond Thug. This is an anthem for freedom seekers, adventure chasers – anyone who wants to shed the metaphorical shackles that are holding them back from flourishing. Sneaking a Summer hit in at the first whisper of Spring is a brilliant kick in the pants to shake off those Winter blues.

Cxlxb – Guess Again

Accompanied by a classic pitched down trap-inspired beat, Cxlxb’s tone is crisp and his flow is rapid while remaining eloquent. The narrative is autobiographical and speaks life into his journey making it clear what he wants from his career and music. He released this track for his 25th birthday as a gift to his audience, a gesture that we can all appreciate.

YoungstaCPT – Old Kaapie 

I have said it before and I will say it until I run out of breath. YoungstaCPT is a hero. He highlights the reality of his people and his culture. He doesn’t candy-coat anything while humanising people who are criminalised and villainised because of their heritage and the prejudice of the world. If you are not paying attention to everything this man is doing you are cheating yourself of education and some incredible music as well. The video is cinematic excellence and the raw power of dancer Tarryn Alberts is chilling.