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Jubilee

“Daddy don’t touch me there, I’m gonna tell on you one day I swear. Can’t you see I’m scared you’re supposed to be my father”…IMG_3473

Hectic words hey? Imagine a sweet melody accompanying them with the hypnotic voice of Queen iAfrica reciting them. That’s reggae music for you. In apartheid South Africa, reggae music was banned because they said it makes the people rebel. I now see their point of view. Reggae sounds are founded on ethnic poetry that tells of a black man’s struggle. The genre originated in Jamaica, an island in the Caribbean that was founded to store African slaves during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Their struggles were soothed through song with the longing of going back to Africa so they can be deemed human again. As life would have it, Jamaicans never returned to Africa, but they became. I personally believe that reggae sounds draw their origin from the African drum. Which was not only used for entertainment but also for spiritual purposes and connecting to one’s deeper self. Hence till today, the bass is what sets reggae apart.

Music is the only commodity that can really touch a person’s soul. Love is another, but you can neither hear, see nor store it. That is why a lot of principalities use music to influence people’s thinking and change the culture within the society. As with every genre, music evolves with time and reggae is no exception, rap has evolved to hip-hip, and reggae has given birth to ragga, dancehall and calypso. The lyrical content obviously varying across the board, but one thing remains fundamental: It’s the bass. Every reggae rhythm is founded on the bass, in fact it is the foundation of the song when composing the music.

This is not meant to be a musical lesson, but before I proceed, I must mention this. In Jamaica, poverty levels are extremely high and people continue to turn to music as their released. With an area of no bigger than the Gauteng province, Jamaica has about 800 recording studios. Music is the artists way of making it out of their reality, it worked for Bob Marley, and they believe it will work for them today still. Everyday there’s a new professional riddim released for anyone with confidence and skill to compose lyrics for. I will elaborate riddims another day. But the point I’m driving home is Jamaican musicians put their heart and soul into their music. You feel the passion in their voices and the strength of the composition that everyone is putting their best foot forward and wants their message to be heard.

Reggae musicians have also been doing amazing cover versions of popular R&B songs and today I would like to introduce you to some of the best ones I’ve heard. I swear, most of them sound better than the original. Perhaps this may spark an enquiry into the genre and you mat graduate to deeper works like the above quoted Queen iAfrica. I will review only 5 songs, if you have time and earphones, please do best and No, you don’t need to be anywhere near weed to enjoy the music J

  1. Busy Signal – Night Shift

This is the very first cover version I’ve ever heard and I loved it! My reggae nights were never complete without it.

  1. Tarrus Riley – Human nature

I love the original by Michael Jackson, but Tarrus definitely gives him a run for his money. A very strong vocalist this gentleman is.

  1. Baby Can I hold you – Further Notice

Made famous by the lovely Tracy Chapman, this song will never run out of fashion. Personally the regaae version takes the cup. The beat is from a riddim called Digital love (by Notice productions), and I love absolutely love every song from that beat. Chronix kills it on the “Access granted” track and Romain Virgo does the things to the beat as well.

  1. Romain Virgo – Soul Provider

Currently my favorite and more recent cover version. Romain is a fairly young artist who is taking Jamiaca by storm, he is one person who relays his true heart and soul into a song. His voice is the most genuine I’ve heard in my lifetime.

  1. One more night – Busy Signal

A real classic by the master of covers and reggae sounds. Again, I think Busy gave the original artist some notes on how he can do better. This song was big around the same time that Gyptian’s version of One more night (not a cover). Gyptian based his on the Live in Love riddim (absolute jam) and for the longest time, my heart would not be content if I hear only one sound of “One more night” so I will bless you with both.

Bonus track: Hello

 

I sincerely hope the music lifted your spirits up in one way or another. 2017 is the year of Jubilee, allow yourself to rejoice, there is so much good out there, choose to see and listen to it. I personally had a blessed beginning to this month of June and what better way to end it than with sweet, sweet reggae music! Joy is to be shared.

Jah Bless!

Vocal House Classics

The way house music is evolving and the rate of quality production may render tracks older than 3 years as classics. When one really settles into collecting all the meaningful tracks for the season, new, nostalgic music gets released. I’ve got mad love for deep house music and my playlist doesn’t change rapidly, as much as I enjoy new stuff, I savour good tracks for as long as I need to.

It’s been a minute since I last did a music post, especially on house music. I must admit reggae almost took over in terms of staying current, however house has its own impact one’s soul incomparable to any other genre, especially vocal house. I’d like to share some iconic tracks over the past few years that have really hit the classic status for me. Some are relatively new, but I know 10 years from now they will still be considered among the greats such as Holis P Muroes’ “goodbye” and Nick Holder’s “summer daze”

Tarantulas feat Tiffany Loren – I wasn’t kidding (Layabouts future retro vocal mix)

“I wasn’t scared of love till I met you, I did everything that you wanted me to. Your love was demanding, you left me out here standing. I hid those tears for as long as I could, try to stop me now I wish you could. You thought you had me baby, you must be so damn crazy…My joy and pain you could not understand…I wasn’t kidding when I said I love you baby”

Very deep vocals on a magical retro beat, makes this an incomparable classic. I’ve introduced it to people who are not house fans and they got hooked. At this time we had recently discovered that everything the Layabouts touché turned to gold. This song resonates a lot with “Free” by Stephanie Mills, also a Layabouts production, it was featured on my 2nd house list (Female vocalists on House tracks)

Portia Monique – Grace (Reel People Mix)

Speaking about the Layabouts, they did a very popular collaboration with Portia Monique called “Do better” (if this is how love’s supposed to be, I don’t want it), remember that? It’s not so long ago, but still a while back. However it is “Grace” that captured the essence of quality for me. The lounged, relaxed production on the track of reminds of the “For the love of you” remix by Mo flava. Grace is mellow as such, and the vocals are also symmetric where a deeper love connection is recognized and the magical promises are made.

Jonathan Meyer feat Anna Cavazos – Can’t hold back (Main mix)

If I had to choose an absolute favorite from the list, this one would be it. It is also a feel good song since its reminisces on the falling part of love, not the “apart” side of it: “something about you loving, its got my mind running away from me, don’t think I can say to your touch the way its making me feel. I think I’m falling fast and hard again, I don’t know where it is that I begin and you end. So deep in love like you is a part of me. You’ve gone and touched the very heart of me, can’t you see…I can’t hold back this, love I’m feeling, brings me home again. Cannot believe that you found me, I don’t have to pretend”

Ok, maybe this sounds like a situationship getting out of hand…I may be wrong. Nevertheless the song does touch the very deepest part of me. Best, track I’ve spent money on this decade. This classic is way up with your Roland Clarks, London Roots, Chris Lopez (addicted)

Flight Facilities feat (Giselle) – Crave you

“Why cant you want me like the other boys do, they stare at me while I stare you. Why cant I keep you safe as my own, one moment I have you the next you’re gone. Rehearsed steps on an empty stage, that boy’s got my heart in a silver cage”

I guess we all know how tormenting a good old crush can be hey. The worst thing about it is that it blinds you off from very suitable applicants, but you want you cannot have. It’s like standing in a queue really, the person who is looking at you, cannot be seen because you eyes are focused on the person in front who is unfortunately looking at someone else. This is such a feel good track, hey and the bass is on another level. If you don’t have this track, do best, you won’t regret.

Kafele – Burning Star (Ralf gum) & Believing (with UPZ, Qness Remix)

So Kafele gets 2 tracks in one go, he also featured on my previous playlist with “Complicated”. Burning Star was one of the tracks that really got me hooked on the “Never leave you” album by Ralf Gum. I would listen to burning star for 2 weeks on end; the CD was always kept at track 2. The song wasn’t as big as “Take me to my Love” by Monique Bingham, but I truly believe that whole album was a masterpiece. Another special piece for me from that compilation is “Do it for Love” feat Jaidene Veda…magical song I tell you.

“Believing” is one of those tracks that have the magic of making you record memories. Somehow I still have vivid recollections of my life when this song hit. With Qness being a local DJ, I it gave one a sense of pride on what he’s done to an international track. SA producers do seem to lead the pack when it comes to house, guys like Bekzin Terris, Da Capo, etc. were making exceptional mixes on international tracks during this time (and still are).

Monique Bingham & Dj Pepsi– Pride

Another local DJ doing great things with a giant international vocalist. Monique did drop the biggest track in “Take me to my love” with Ralf gum not long before Pride came out, but I personally believe Pride will be memorable in the house music museum. Please don’t get me wrong “Take me to my love” was a very brilliant production and was the biggest song in the country for a while. These two songs definitely qualify as future classics, but Pride will remain on my playlist should I ever run out of space. Please give it a listen; you will know what I mean.

Nastee Nev  & Donald Sheffey– Hung up & Take me all night

“I’m so hung up on you, everyday, you’re always on my mind” Donald Sheffey is a male vocalist of note! Kafele and him are playing in the same league. The beauty about these guys is that they make the best producer and vocalist team with every release. I must admit that for the longest time believed Nastee Nev was an international artist, but little did I know that this talent is home grown. Donald’s mature voice can tell stories very well and make you feel so sophisticated. “Hung up” was extremely popular but it somehow hasn’t lost flavor. “Take me all night” on the other hand is on a league of its own; it’s up there with “Pride” in terms of priority of selection. I will do an all SA list soon, but Nasty Nev deserves to be mentioned here.

Chris Malinchak – So good to me EP

When this song came out I was a bit out of touch with new releases, but boy when I finally managed to get my hands on it, I knew it was a long-term thing. Relatively new, but definitely one for the archives indeed. Haven’t heard a lot of mixes, except for the main one, or maybe I’m not looking in the right places. This is a very beautifully infused production; it brings a sense of calm somehow.

Blaze with Josh Milan – I found love

“Love, I found love. A higher love, I still do find true love

This sing was sent to me by a dear friend this week, which spured the inspiration for this post. “I found love” is one of those deeply emotional tracks that feel genuine and real in its lyrics. Chris’ “Feel so good” is most probably inspired by this timeless classic. Josh Milan is an icononic vocalist in his own right and Blaze creates magic, so with the meeting of such greats only good things such as this are expected. Deep House at its best!

Sun Orchestra feat Karl the Voice – Love Symphony (Needs Main Mix)

“The wings of your love grow on me…. When you’re close to me, its like living in Color…. If its love let it be, just for you, just for me…”. One of the songs that made me falls in love with deep house music deeply. Probably the oldest track on this list. After Jonathan Meyer this is my next super favorite. This song easily lifts your spirit, and makes you have a new desire to seize every moment because life is just so good!

There are many more iconic classics one can mention, but I realized the majority of those are completely local and thought to reserve if for a SA future classics playlist. If you do have a moment please do take the time to give the tracks a listen, YouTube has all of them and more related songs. Music is so powerful in that it touches the core of your soul unlike any other element in this realm, that’s why it can evoke emotions and heal at times. House takes these benefits to a whole new different level. If there are tracks you feel should have absolutely been included do let me know.

Blessed thanks!

When men sing…

I once did a blog, on vocal house and how women are expressing themselves through music. I like music in that it gives you a way to shout out to the world y what you want to say, in a beautiful way.

House music is another lover of my soul, and Deep Vocal house just speaks to the life in me. I know I’m sounding like I’m speaking in parables, but I just cannot to define how I love it. Anyway,  enough about me. You see, when men sing they have truckloads to say, again in a very beautiful way. I mean there’s tracks like “What do I gotta do”- Roland Clark Urban. Soul (Erik kuffer mix), that take you to a palce you have never been before and yet you like being there. There’s something about a man’s voice on a house beat.

Thus, my dear friends, I would like to honour some of the greatest house vocalists of our time, and some of the awesome music they’ve delivered for us. This is not a valentine’s day post, I’m honouring men for different reasons this time. God willing, I will put together a podcast of all the tracks mentioned in this post. In no particular order:

Somewhere

Nathan X

I actually don’t know much about this vocalist, but his collaboration with Cuebar definitely got my attention. “Walk a mile” is one of those tracks you can listen to the entire day over and over again and everything remains alright. I remember the first time I heard it was on a short clip from a friend of mine. I tell you, He searched far and wide to get the full track because it was so hard to get it out of mind. Oh, he also hooked me up soon after he found it, way’dlala Chucky J

Donald

Next guy on my list is Donald, came out of nowhere with “I Deserve” and then “Denial” hay after lapho I became a fan. He’s a Proudly South African artist who is taking vocal house to other levels, with meaningful lyrical content at that. I’m expecting lot more from him in future *watching this space*

Liquid deep

Another South African duo, who have brightened the scene in vocal house music. Bringing us tracks like “Fairy tale”, “Settle for less”, but my all time favourite track from them is “Still”. They have been bringing us beautiful melodies and we surely wouldn’t mind more J

Nasty Nev

“I’m so hung up on you, every day you’re always on my mind” is the ultimate chemistry song! You know being attracted to someone so much that they’re just all you think about, and in every thought you envision on how they would look next you. I’ve always loved Nast Nav’s somewhat rich, strong voice. He also did awesome tracks like “Hooked on you”….hai this man seems to be falling in love a lot. I really love it when men express emotion through song though!

Christopher mCcray

I’ve actually never heard any of his tracks in the past, so I’ve never really got to appreciate his vocal ability. But when I heard “Heaven”, my soul was sold. If you don’t have any of the above tracks, please try and get this one.  Kerri Chandler produced this song, and it’s one of the “from the heart vocals”. With that one contribution he has made it to my list as one of the greats.

George Levin

The biggest track to come from this Berlin born song writer is “I got- ft Clara Hill”. This song makes my friend Fentse go crazy. Imagine a guy/girl you’re in a relationship with sings these words to you:

“I got, somebody new. Now I got a different view on what we had. Nothing will ever make me reminisce. Cannot think of one thing that I will miss, nothing will ever make me reminisce,  so then the love turned out to be like this”

Hai then you know you just gotta let them go, nje. Finish and klaar

Robert Owens

“Fly Free”, what more can I say? Track 07 in the Ralf Gum #never leaves you album of 2012. You haven’t lived if you haven’t danced to this compilation

Viktor Dupleix

More of an soul musician. His contribution to deep house through his Jazanova collabo with a track called “That Night” is timeless. That song has been somewhat a foundation to a lot of vocal house jams. An absolute classic! Viktor’s voice is one of the most romantic voices around, so he had to make my list! Oh, he also has songs like “Let’s make a baby” J

Totured Soul

These guys’ music is the epitome of awesomeness. I haven’t been touched by house more than I have by Totrured soul music. With tracks like: “Home to you”, ” Enjoy it now”, “I might do something wrong”. My absolute favourite track and it also embodies the list of my all time favourite house tunes is” Don’t hold me down” . It’s a dialogue between couple addressing trust issues when they’re not together. Basically it says “if you believe I love you, you should learn to trust me- don’t hold me down. You say I’m yours , so let me be free”. To listen to these tracks please visit: http://torturedsoulmusic.com/

Kafele

His 2010 track with Ralf Gum “Complicated” is one the future classics of our day. I don’t know how many versions of the track exist out there. Almost every single one I’ve heard I’ve managed to enjoy. Kafele, has this calm, sanitised voice that would pick you out of a storm of emotions to a tranquil place. He brought us tracks, like “Believing”, love it! And my out most favourite from him is in Ralf Gum’s album, #Never leaves you” The song is called “Burning Star”, I’ve listened to this track for a whole 2 weeks non-stop, just me and my Burning star.

Larry Heard

Notoriously known as Mr Fingers or the Price of House music . Was surprised to find out he’s a black dude. He managed to put together my ultimate favourite gospel house track. “Praise”- Larry Heard (Glen underground’s thank you remix) has officially been listed as my all time favourite songs after Summer Daze. Larry has been known for his passionate lyrics and has mastered the art of creating nostalgic chemistry. It goes something like:

“I remember the days when I thought I was alone. And was always amazed in those times I felt so strong. But then you were always there and you have always cared.

No matter how far I stray you have already paved the way. Now when I look back  I can see the things you’ve done. And I want to thank you for my saviour and your Son….and I must give you Praise”

It blesses me so much just to know you’re on my side. And I see your precious touch, in the things before my eyes. You want the best for me and you have been raised for me. Before I was whole you conquered the misery. Now when I look back, I can see the things you’ve done, and I want to Thank you for my saviour and your son. And I will give you PRAISE……….”

If I haven’t mentioned an artist who you believe should be in this post, let us know. Other vocal talent I can mention includes, T-Deep, MiCasa, etc. Hope you enjoyed my vocal showdown and you will make every effort to get them tracks and be merry. At the end of it all it had to be Larry Heard that takes it for me because He is giving thanks to the Almighty.

If you think about it, everything is about Him, for Him, through Him. God created the music we hear, the people who sing those songs and He gave them the talent to do it. Give Thanks!

Understanding Women: Lessons in Life and Love by Female Vocal Artists through House music

Music has this wonderful effect of telling stories about life, love and every other thing. For every song you hear, there’s a story behind it. As we may all know I love house music, and vocal house is the best way to express emotions on a melody. Today I want to honor female vocal artists, who have made the most beautiful music in the past 2 years or so.

I actually wanted to make it as a countdown till I get to my favorite song, but I thought I should just put a twist into it. The ladies sing mostly about love and life; they share a part of life in all of them. We all know that relationships go through different seasons and women obviously have different reactions to those situations. And what better way to express your emotions  than through song. These songs share colorful experiences about themselves and most importantly how they react to romantic situations.

So if you guys have always wondered why women, act/react in a way that they do in relationships, this countdown might shed some light into it. This is not an agony aunt blog and we are still celebrating beautiful, vocal deep house tracks. I seriously honor some of these ladies for their time less talent and I forever salute house music as a therapeutic tool to any situations. Ok, let me get into it:

 

Heather Johnson -Love Alive

“We only tell the truth in selfishness. We don’t feel guilty when we lie. That’s why I’m daring my soul, this love for you won’t die…….My love is alive….it just won’t die…”

You see here, a lady is just being honest with herself and acknowledge that she is love with someone and the feelings are not about to die down anytime soon. This type of commitment is possibly shared to the partner and re-assured that they will always be loved. When a woman sings this song, she’s really into you hey. But then again a woman in love can say these words to every man she falls in love with, because when a woman falls, she really falls.

Monique Birngham- You, Me, World

“Now, they’re gonna try to break us down don’t let them, it’s alright. Even when we lose we win. They try as they might, it’s you and me against the world”

This is when a woman believes her man over any other rumour she has heard about him out there. These lyrics really come from a place of trust.

This is when a lady knows that she will stick by her man, no matter what. This would be in a scenario when people try to feed them lies and try to separate them, or people just don’t approve of their relationship. Or even when you’re in love with someone and they love you back, but the odds of you being together are almost impossible, yet you still have the belief that your love will fight through everything until you are together. This is quite true because, I believe with love you can conquer anything.

Monique also did that track in Fresh House Flava 1, and I also included it on the very first vocal count-down I did last year. Some resilient talent this woman has, may it move her to even higher heights!

Falling- Malehlokwa  ft (DJ Kent)

“I’ve never felt like this before…. You put your hands, when you know they belong, I roll my eyes but something says I should play right along. You turn softly; make me wonder is this something I should be waiting for. Coz so far you’ve got me falling, I wanna be your living fantasy”

This one needs no explanation. It simply says: I want you and I will treat you good. This speaks to a very exciting part in the relationship when there’s flirting and lots of chemistry, when the guy has played his cards so right, that you cannot help but melt. Well, this excitement comes after a bit of reluctance from the lady obviously, but eventually she gives in. Butterflies are the order of the day and every touch is magical. Hmmmm how wonderful it is to fall.

Awesome vocal skills by Malehlokwa, SA talent representing.

Aedola  – Take me away (Tone control)

“Take me away, far, far, far, far, far……To a place I belong, when there’s more than right or wrong. Where my conscience is free, it’s the place I wanna be…Where my soul feels at ease”

The only place I could think of is childhood. You know when we were care free, and nothing mattered except for eating and playing. Taking a bath was just one of those things we had to live with *rolling eyes*, oh, and getting hidings, shoo! I remember this place sometimes when life just gets overwhelming and I just need a break.  This is a place where I don’t have to worry about petrol or accounts and even entertaining a negative person. It’s just so far away from the reality I’m facing.

It could also mean that a relationship has grown so dry and cold that you wish it could go back to what it used to be. Unfortunately women stay in abusive relationships, hoping that someday things will change and get back to what they used to be. They live on the memories of what used to be, and this keeps them going. And don’t you sometimes wish to ask your partner, to just make the relationship like it was. In most cases we think they know how take things back like they was, and we forget to realize that we have also changed and some effort needs to come from us women as well.

Staphanie Mills- Free (The Layabouts Mix)

Oh what a beautiful track this is, Stephanie’s voice is one of a kind.

 “I’m out of here boy, I’ve had enough. All stressed out boy, you gotta go. It’s not healthy for me to live a lie, I can do better all on my own”

These are the words no man wants to hear. But if you hear a woman say this just know that she’s thoroughly fed up. You know when you have been trying so hard to make the relationship work, you have forgiven and overlooked one lie over the other just to stay together. There comes a point when she will feel that she cannot take it anymore and she leaves. Forget, she not going to come back.

There’s a part in the song that says” I wanna be happy, so just let me be. I wanna be free…..I wana be free from your love…” This woman needs freedom from the relationship and also from the feelings she has for you. Often women leave bad relationships, but they are forever thinking about the person and they are never free from the emotions felt for the ex partner. When that person comes back, they are often accepted back because the woman never sought freedom from the emotions but only from the relationship itself. Stephanie wants ultimate freedom to be happy on her own.

Busi – Get Over it!

“You think you can change me? Get over it”

Hmmmm such firm words from a woman. This is a lady who knows what she wants and know who she is. She’s not willing to change for anyone, especially not a man. It takes courage to have a story like this one and stick to it, because once we fall in love we will do anything to stay together, even if it means losing ourselves.

Every relationship does require a bit of compromise and each partner has to forgo some habits to accommodate the other person. But we tend to overdo it, when a guy wants you to behave in certain and be who you’re not only to fit into his expectations. A woman ends up losing so much of her identity and the only relies on the partner for happiness because she is what he wants her to so he better make it happy. This gets emotionally draining and the person doesn’t become as fun and pleasant as she used to be, which puts strain on the relationship which ultimately brings unhappiness to both the guy and the girl.

So ladies if he wants to turn you into Beyonce, please tell him to go to OR Tambo and take the next available flight to America!

Shea Soul -Perfectly (Layabouts Mix)

“Loving me perfectly, any fool can see there’s no one for me but you. What you do, no one else can do, boy you know it’s true there’s no one for me but you”

This is when you are loved, perfectly, as you are. No alterations, no adjustment. Your personality fits like a glove to the one you love. This is when you know that you could never as compatible with no other person as well as this one. Situations may not be in line for you guys to be together, but no matter how much you try and stay in separate relationships, that one person is still on your mind. And no matter what the new partner does, it could never compare to what the other did. I’ve read a quote that said “the most painful thing is to see the one you love, loving someone else”. How much more pain is it for both of you to love someone else when you know you were made for each other??

House music, keep talking!

Lisa Shaw -Someday (Home & Garden)

“In every way, I’m gonna be there. One of these days you’re gonna hold me. Someday. Find another way; just know I’m coming in your life to stay. Praying for the day, just know I’m coming, nothing can keep me way”

We all know that every relationship is hard work and it takes courage to fight for what you believe is yours. It sort of reminds me of Jennifer Hudson’s song “I’m staying (and you’re gonna love me)”.

This song basically says, man can be as confused as he wants to, but this woman aint letting go. She will stick around until the man realizes that they belong together. This is a situation when a woman finds herself in love with someone who’s committed elsewhere and she insists on holding on because she believes they belong together. She will be there for the guy in every single way just as long as he will end up being with her. Hmm, clingy behavior, some might say, but love can make us do the strangest of things.

Lisa Shaw also did that classic track “Let it ride” I remember it was one of my favorite songs in 2006/7.

I found my light – Layabouts

“You make every day, special in a different way…I found my light, brings the sunshine into the night and now I can’t imagine my life, without the glow of your smile”

This is when you have found the love of your life. The one person who fills all the gaps that the others left. This is when you choose to love and imperfect person, perfectly. Ladies Prince Charming doesn’t compare to this man. He is real, very loving, and somehow “gets you”. All your jokes they don’t find funny at work, he gets them. This is love at it’s purest, and you no longer picture yourself with anyone else but him.

If you are in this space with the one you love, please invite me to the wedding, asseblief. Ahhh, but love is such a beautiful thing!

Stephanie Cook- He is the joy

  “He is the joy, in the morning, in the evening…..He takes the pain and the strife every day of my life”. I like to think about God when I hear this song. There’s no greater joy, than consistent joy. When you know the person will never sulk, get into a bad mood, listen to rumours or even find someone else to replace you. Men , if you have been in a relations with a woman for a while and still thinks you are her Joy, consider yourself lucky. It means even if you haven’t said a word, your presence just brightens up her day.

This song goes down as one of my most favorites in this playlist. It’s such a happy and feel good mood lifters. It also carries some fond memories for me as well.

Akram Sedkaoui -Each and every day (Jerk House Connection)

“Humanity, has forgotten, its own dignity. Determination is what we all need Each and every day, life goes on…..brothers and sisters, we are born to be lovers. It’s not what I’m dreaming, and I’m not preaching…Love is what we need”

I love this song with the deepest of my soul. It addresses the social ills that we are faced with, where people just lack ambition and they go through life in a routine. We have become a generation of laziness and selfishness. Where people only consider themselves and not others, we do lack love, honestly. You may find that there are ample opportunities at your workplace but you won’t share them with a neighbor because you fear they might be better than you. While you are busy hating, life goes on and you move closer to your grave without making a positive change in other people’s lives.

This speaks to even those that are sitting around waiting for something to happen. Vuka uzenzele, life is passing you by!

Finding my Hero

So I don’t know who Amy Winehouse was, but at least I know who Buju Banton is. I’m sure a lot of Africans identify with me. Ragga and Dancehall are a big element in African music, but it’s unfortunate that in SA there’s a certain stigma attached to listening to it. People think you’re either, rastafari or you smoke weed or you’re just weird if you listen to it, and yet they forget that it is just another genre of music like Kwaito is. The problem arose during apartheid when this kind of music was banned in SA, don’t you ever wonder why Lucky Dube was huge in every other country except his own?

Ok, enough history. I’m sure you all know the song by UB40 called “red, red wine” and if you know Sean Paul’s song “Like glue” you’ll notice they have same beat. Also this famous Brick & Lace song “Love is wicked” has the same beat even the“Na na go so” (proncounced nok-nokoso) tune has that same beat. Well that’s how Ragga is done, that same beat on all these songs is called a “Riddim”. So a producer will come with a killer beat and every musician, old or new, comes with their own interpretation to that riddim. A riddim basically never dies, look at the Diwali Riddim, UB40 hit in the 90’s and Sean Paul did it again after Y2k.

I’ll be reviewing some of my favorite Riddims and also mentioning which artist interprets it best for me. It’s unfortunate that I cannot load sound clips here, it would have been easier for people who are not familiar with them. You can go to www.soundcloud.com and listen them if you’re really curious.

I will not be reviewing the Season’s Riddim because it’s my outmost best Riddim. Sean Paul did that “Never gonna be the same” tune. Fantan Moja also “Gave thanks and Praise” on it. Vybez Kartel, Ja Cure and Elaine also hooked up awesome interpretations (this is only to mention a few). I love almost every track from the Seasons Riddim so it would be really unfair on the other Riddims nje.

5.  Mission Riddim

This is the Riddim from which Mavado did “Im on the Rock”. It’s a great chanting riddim. My best interepretation is by Damien Marley with the track “Listen” where “the race is not just for the swift, but those who can endure” lyrical genius I tell you

4.  Nylon Riddim

Made famous by Sizzla Kalonji’s “Chilling in Chile”. My most favourite, favourite tune from the Nylon Riddim is by Busy Signal “Trading Places”. It goes something like “Imagine uptown people living in the Ghetto for a week. It wouldn’t be easy, trading places with the ghetto”. It basically says if you’re privileged you should never look down on someone oqhamuka ekasi coz you could never endure their hardships. Respect them because their will power is far stronger than yours.

 3.  Miracle Riddim

Again Ja Cure does interpret it nicely  with“Two way street”, Vybez Kartel also threw in “Bayblon Life” but number one for me is Richie Spice with “Eyes don’t see”. Shoo, jah that song engulfs me with deeeeeeep feelings of merriment :-). Fantan Moja with “I will survive” adds even more light to this riddim.

2.  Bad People Riddim

Ey, I could never get enough of this one. Mavado killed it with “Gyal a mad ova”, again another chanting riddim for me. My bestest interpretation comes from Flexx “Hav wah me want”. Frisco Kid also hooked up some rhymes on it, another awesome track is “Kibaki”. Bless

1.5.  Riddim Driven

Mavado literally owns this riddim. His 3 interpretations that I know off are killer, these being; “Hope and Pray”, “Love dem” and “House Top”. This is my most favorite riddim to dance to ever, real dancehall style. Other tracks such as “Anything goes” and “Bicycle” also tickle my fancy

1 City Life Riddim

This is currently the best riddim for me right now, not a single day goes by without me listening to it. My bbm contacts are probably over it coz I update on it njalo nje. Rihhana did the “Man down” track (in her latest album) from this riddim. Tony Rebel, Sean Paul, Elephant man also put some rhymes for this riddim but I only have two favorite interpretations. These are by Assassin “Something’s Gotta Give” talking about the destruction this concrete jungle is causing to our lives and environment.

The other one is by Queen iAfrica “Times like these” which is my favourite song at the moment. It goes something like “Its times like these when I miss our heroes. In times like these I really wish that they were around”. I can relate to this song so much, you know there are certain times when you wish your hero was around, when you see people getting out of control forgetting how hard someone worked for them to be where they are. Look at our fight for freedom in SA and how some young leaders are undermining that legacy.

My dad was my biggest hero, and when I see some of my siblings acting a fool, making bad decisions and trashing his legacy, those are the times when I wish my hero would come back. I know he would sort out that mess and put everyone in their place; he always knew what to do and had a plan. Funny enough the times when I wish my hero was around most would be when I did well. My dad used to applaud every good stride I made, no matter how small and how I wish he could see the success I have made of myself today. So each time something good happens to me, its times like those I wish my daddywas around.

Who is your hero and at what times do you wish they were around? For some people it’s their dads, mom’s, siblings or even their spouses. It feels good to have a place of refuge from someone who has your best interests at heart. But the biggest problems with our heroes is that they are not perfect, they sometimes have bad moods, make bad decisions and even die!

That is why I have decided to have the Lord as my hero. Whose love is unchanging and never falls into a bad mood. A perfect hero who is always around and has even conquered death, Im assured that nothing will ever come between me and his love. When something bad happens, He knows exactly what to do to fix the situation and make me feel better. When I do well, He is the first one to clap hands for me, even when others didn’t notice that good. Have God as your hero and see how many battles you will conquer. For blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and leans not on his own understanding.

At this time I know my hero is applauding me with a big smile and it’s so comforting to know that nothing will take him away from me. Embrace your perfect Hero today and see if He ever lets you down. Jah Bless.