Fresh Flex Friday

Fresh Flex Friday #107

Do you feel it in the air? That change in energy? I know most of you are counting the days until your leave kicks in, but don’t ignore that special energy that is floating around you. That magic that only happens at the end of the year, summer is calling your name and if you don’t answer you’re going to be left behind.

Stock up on sunscreen and fill your playlist up with good vibes because it’s almost holiday time.

Driemanskap – Things We Do For Love

It’s been a decade in the making, and now as 2019 creeps towards its end Driemanskap have blessed us with their sophomore album Hlala Nam. The four-man rap crew from Cape Town has always embraced their roots, delivery raw narratives about the lives and presenting it in their signature combination of mother tongue and English performances. The album boasts an impressive list of features as well, including YoungstaCPT, King Kosh and Halo Yagami. I’ve chosen ‘Things We Do For Love’ for this week’s feature to mark the thing we do for the love of music, we’re patient while artists finish their projects and then show love when they present us with the gift.

Mi Casa – Summer Time feat DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small

At least once a week I speak about the Amapiano wave that has washed over South Africa and is infiltrating the global market the way Gqom did. By no means a replacement or better than Gqom, but definitely a phenomenon of the same ilk. A way to know that it’s making a huge impact is when the key players in the genre start collaborating with mainstream or pop acts and that has happened with Summer Time from Mi Casa. The key elements of every Amapiano track are present, including Kabza’s signature jazzy influence and the trumpet in the foreground while the English lyrics add an element that hasn’t really been explored broadly in the genre as yet.

Patty Monroe feat Caleb Williams – Fighter

You cannot deny the beautiful relatability of Patty Monroe’s music with her audience. As an artist, she has grown along with her audience, consistently sharing her journey in her narrative. Fresh visuals for a previously released track have just been shared with us and the response has been resoundingly positive. The video aligns with the narrative of the song, which is an ode to the women who supported Patty in her upbringing and the struggles they endured to help her succeed. The nostalgia laced visuals have women commenting on their own childhood experiences in relation to her story and it’s a thing of beauty witnessing the connection unfold each time a new person views the video.

Makhadzi – Mapholisa

Selected off her debut studio album, Mapholisa is a sneak peek into what this Limpopo darling is capable of. There is something in the soil in Limpopo that is nurturing beautiful, groovy and proud music which resonates with all audiences. This album has been earmarked by pundits as a game-changer for Makhadzi, one that will get her the attention she deserves. And if this track is anything to go by, I wholeheartedly agree. 

Distruction Boyz – Monster

A new power album has emerged from the recesses of the Distruction Boyz studio – From The Streets To The World. The aptly-named single, Monster is a beast of a song that has been shared with the world just in time for Dezemba. Dezemba is not just December but rather marks the beginning of the year-end and summer celebrations that starts from mid-November and reaches well into the new year depending on which city you live in. South Africa must get ready, the party has started.