This year South African music has been incredible, and once again El has compiled his list of the Top South African 5 tracks he enjoyed the most this year. Of course he could have done a genre specific Top 5 (the talent was that big), but these are the 5 tracks he loved the most this year! Feel free to agree or disagree
5. Danny K – Brown Eyes
Danny K, although a household name, was definitely struggling musically over the past year or two with radio airplay and CD sales so when he came back with his new album Good Look, he knew he needed to take a risk. Danny bravely took that risk and we were blessed to receive this banger! The production is incredible and the Mint Condition sample works. Danny has a brilliant new album and I do think this is a major turning point for his career.
4. Mafikizolo – Khona (Feat. Uhuru)
Mafikizolo made history this year when they came out of hiding and released their comeback album ‘Reunited’ earlier this year. Lead single ‘Khona’, featuring Uhuru, became one of the biggest local songs ever smashing not only everywhere in South Africa – but the rest of Africa as well! Everyone who heard this song can’t help but get a little happy and just shake their body. Well done to the producers and the vocalists themselves. What an incredible song.
3. Mi Casa – Jika
It was probably the comeback of the year and this year Mi Casa’s ‘Jika’ lands at my number three spot. These three man know what soul is and it shines through in every single one of their song. I loved how this track crossed over into both the pop and urban scenes really uniting South Africa. It’s deep house beats mixed with sexy South African sounds really created something unique. J’Something’s voice is absolutely incredible as well. Can’t wait for the next single!
2. Ross Jack – Delusions (Feat. ChianoSky)
This is a match made in heaven! Lovebirds Ross Jack and ChianoSky have brought their talents together on an absolutely incredible track. Their chemistry is so electric on this track and their voices compliment each others perfectly. Ross’s rhymes are fantastic and the track really is world class!
1. DeaderThanDisoco – I’m So Crunked Up
Okay, I know. Some of you guys think I’m crazy for picking this song as my favourite record of 2013, but no local song got me so excited on first listen – and it’s still an absolute banger for me! Newbies DeaderThanDisco team up with Lakota Silva for an immaculately produced single with fantastic raps and sweet Ke$ha like vocals.This did great on pop radio and just listening to the song, it’s quite clear as to why I chose this track as the number 1 South African track of 2013! Now, the boys need to work HARD to top this…
Michael Lowman – Girl Saves Boy
If I’m honest, I wasn’t blown away with Michael Lowman’s debut single ‘Your Lovin’ Ain’t Right’ so it was all up to his second single and damn did he smash it. The track is just so chilled and really is a feel good fun track. It also manages to showcase Michael’s vocals in a way we didn’t see on the debut track. I’m very proud of how far this kid has come.