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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!

Lady Wisdom

Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling? 

Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice?

She’s taken her stand at First and Main,
 at the busiest intersection. Right in the city square
 where the traffic is thickest, she shouts;

“You—I’m talking to all of you,
 everyone out here on the streets!
Listen, you idiots—learn good sense!
You blockheads—shape up!
Don’t miss a word of this—I’m telling you how to live well,
 I’m telling you how to live at your best.

My mouth chews and savors and relishes truth—
I can’t stand the taste of evil!
You’ll only hear true and right words from my mouth;
not one syllable will be twisted or skewed.
You’ll recognize this as true—you with open minds;
 truth-ready minds will see it at once.

Prefer my life-disciplines over chasing after money,
 and God-knowledge over a lucrative career.
For Wisdom is better than all the trappings of wealth;
nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her.

“I am Lady Wisdom, and I live next to Sanity;
 Knowledge and Discretion live just down the street.
Good counsel and common sense are my characteristics;
 I am both Insight and the Virtue to live it out.

With my help, leaders rule,
and lawmakers legislate fairly;
With my help, governors govern,
 along with all in legitimate authority.
I love those who love me; those who look for me find me.
Wealth and Glory accompany me—
also substantial Honor and a Good Name.

My benefits are worth more than a big salary, even a very big salary;
the returns on me exceed any imaginable bonus.
You can find me on Righteous Road—that’s where I walk—
 at the intersection of Justice Avenue,
Handing out life to those who love me,
 filling their arms with life—armloads of life!

God sovereignly made me—the first, the basic—
 before he did anything else.
I was brought into being a long time ago, well before Earth got its start.
I arrived on the scene before Ocean, yes, even before Springs and Rivers and Lakes.
Before Mountains were sculpted and Hills took shape,
I was already there, newborn;
Long before God stretched out Earth’s Horizons,
and tended to the minute details of Soil and Weather,
And set Sky firmly in place, I was there.

When he mapped and gave borders to wild Ocean,
 built the vast vault of Heaven,
 and installed the fountains that fed Ocean,
When he drew a boundary for Sea, posted a sign that said no trespassing,
And then staked out Earth’s Foundations,
I was right there with him, making sure everything fit.
Day after day I was there, with my joyful applause,
always enjoying his company,
Delighted with the world of things and creatures, happily celebrating the human family.

“So, my dear friends, listen carefully;
 those who embrace these my ways are most blessed.
Mark a life of discipline and live wisely;
don’t squander your precious life.

Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me,
awake and ready for me each morning,
alert and responsive as I start my day’s work.
When you find me, you find life, real life,
 to say nothing of God’s good pleasure.

But if you wrong me, you damage your very soul;
 when you reject me, you’re flirting with death.”

_Proverbs 8

Earth Mother

Save the planet

Whether you came from the stars

Or Mars

You found me here

On the earthly sphere

 

I was gleaning in the Sun’s bosom

Shining in all my glory

Feeding on those rays

Watering my gardens

Nursing my children

 

I birthed them in season

North and South both look appeasing

With the stars for the night and Sun for light and life

Men and beast existing

Perfect balance of living and let living

 

A breathing paradise, which was everything, anything can wish for

Yes, heaven itself is right here in my warmth

I have my secrets, some of which you will never know

And melanin is my stronghold

 

Why is concrete all over me?

It suffocates my children

It perishes my roots

Concrete is not vital for livelihood

Nor is money

Why have you traded your harmony with ashes

Dust of war fuels selfish intentions

 

I am earth.

I have always been and always will be

You cannot preserve me,

I preserve myself, and yourself

My children have adapted to the destruction

Or rather the illusion

Will they ever wake from this treason?

 

Take what you need and let me be

For if you take too much

You perish your own soul

Dear Aids

You have seen to it that our children raise themselves

No more bread coz you kill the strongest

Good food and drugs tame you

But my Africans cannot afford you

Oh, you come with such shame!

Why are we afraid to expose you?

And pretend you don’t exist?

We are not afraid of you, in case you boast

We are afraid of each other.

What the other might think of another

Cos they have contracted a monster

Exactly what is you deal?

To depopulate the earth?

To provide evidence for, infidelity

Lust, Sexual abuse, Carelesness

What of the instances where contracted in trust?

Or, in a mother’s womb?

I have yet to perceive the substance of your existence

In case you should know,

You are not the worst abomination to man kind

You threaten with death

And yet the path leads there for every man on earth

With or without your help

You are such an opportunist, a coward in fact

Where is the bravery in attacing the unborn?

You mererly open the door for other parasites

You have no weapon of your own

I’ll tell you what you have taught mankind:

Acceptance

Tolerance

Self love

Healthy habits

Prudence

And most of all Hope!

Guess that was never part of your plans, right?

Life is always a gift and you will never diminish its value

It matters not whether you were born through

An experiment gone wrong

Or felony between man and beast

Regardless, your existence should cease…

 Sincerley Yours

Makhanyile

In my lifetime I have seen and heard of the worst kind of illness and Aids is not the worst. It’s all in how you manage and perceive it. We are all affected, one way or the other. In times like these people have learnt to give and seek support to stand against this epidemic. Our men have learned to talk and our parents are learning acceptance. It is true that whatever was meant for bad, God will use for good.

If you have tested positive or know someone who has, pray for an open mind. Be ready to listen and likewise receive. Because life is a journey, every step matters and nothing should that take away from you. Dust yourself up, do what you need to do and move on with life.  A cancer/ mentally ill patient is in a worse off position than you. Love yourself and love life.

It’s the festive season again, let’s take care of ourselves and protect the ones we love. Happy AIDS day! Ke Dezemba boss 🙂

Encompass

 

 

The evolution of man is an imminent reality that sits on tempests

Are we the superior race or running a losing race?

Watch your pace

And make your case in every eventuality

Even if your case is regarded as a nonentity

Void of any substance

Life is subject to change

And love is pain

Although we know that it leaves an everlasting stain

We are captured by our own curiosity

Convinced that the world is our oyster

Yet we live in our own worlds,

So your world is your own oyster.

Lyrical acumen has no place in our souls

 As our souls are plainly driven by unconsciously conscious feeling

 

The aura that’s beaming and healing

Is the one we should pursue, yet never intrude

Pretence is temporary contrary to popular belief

Some games are played for keeps

Beware what you reap

For the journey of life is a tiring steep

It’s like the curious case of you and me

 Where we ponder our own being

Forgetting that a human being has already achieved by being

How special are we that we even forget how special we are

And how vulnerable we are

I say open up your soul

For it is the only part that makes you whole

And people cannot scold it,

Channel your anger and switch to creativity and productivity

Forget the Mr. and miss congenialities of this world

 And focus on your robust success

 

Always protest to what you detest

And remember not to forget

That you are

The only person you cannot seize to impress

By Xolani X Magazi

So very often we measure ourselves against other people and gage our success over theirs, and yet we fail to understand that we are here to run our own race. Not against anyone, but ourselves. Your gift and purpose are only unique to you and only you can have them fulfilled. Spending time envying other people’s achievements, not only wastes your time, but it also discourages you that you will never get to where you want to. Well, that’s if you know it is you want to be.

The place you want to be should not be where other people are, because that’s their destination, not yours. Set your own standards and beat them, only then can you grow. Other people’s goals are not yours, they may be similar to yours but they aren’t and you will not “arrive” at them in the same time.

Remember the true measure of success is not about where you are, what you have, who you are married to or where are you planning to retire. It is being at a place where God wants you to be at that particular point in your life. Being more like what he designed you to be. Be yourself, it’s the easiest thing you could ever do in this life time!

“Forgetting that a human being has already achieved by being”, this is so profound in that, we always seek great events or occurrences to bring us joy. Only special occasions put genuine smile on our faces, and yet we forget that the beauty of life is in living. Or rather: The Gift of Life is Life Itself!

From the Classroom into History

The 1976 generation resembled the hebrews

Ready to cross the Red Sea

But Political insanity was their greatest enemy

Towards spreading their black power revoultion across the continent

As a present generation, ur greatest enemy is the spiritual povery within us

Yes, as Africans we have not achieved half of what we fought for

So when we do not honor the generations before us

Not only have be blocked the positive aspirations but also the direction of the upcoming generations

Gross humanity and morality are twin elements shared by our forefathers

The black african millionares, through sober revolution let us bring back the natural balance of creation

And salute the generation of 1976

South Africans the African Sun will shed light on you

For giving birth to a generation that inherited the royal gene of their God

Yes God is African in spirit and existence

The 1976 generation was born from the strongest black seed

Dedicated to true reovolution with an afro-conciousness mindset

Your struggle and bravery was an epitome of African redemption

To the youth of 1976; your determination was an endless stream of tears

That flows into a gulf of inspiration that compels us to learn, live and grow

To the youth of 1976; your african dream was parallel to Nkwame Kruma independence & liberation ideologies

To the youth of 1976; your struggle was a carbon copy of Marcus Garvey & Robet Sobukwe’s black natuionalism

To the youth of 1976;  Africa gave birth to the first sober councious, mindful generations

In solidarity they spoke the dreams of our forefathers, who never saw the light of freedom

Their spirits enviloped, shackled in pains of abject poverty

For centuries Africans toiled over the land of their forefathers, under the burning sun and a foreman’s lash

Indeginous Africans ploughing, planting that a whiteman might roll in ease, their hand unhardened by labor

Their brows moistened by the waters of genial toil

To all blue collar laymen underground toiling the mines through gold mining

And get manipulated in numbers like digital antennas in the cold morning

Worse still they get retrenched while their funds being abused by trade unionists, financing the ruling party

Under the moral sense of mankind and justice down your tools, and revolt at this system of treachery & cruelty

The sober generation of 1976 were a perfect manifestation of the ancient prophecy foretold by Timbaktu inntelectuals

Through their blood, history of mankind was painted by black progress

South Africans are the warm ocean of humanity will spit out reconciliation waves of you

Africa is the cradle of human kind

The genesis of black civilisations stolen to be brought back as technology, to mislead the young generation

Like a well oiled machine, we should board the train of liberation, taking revolutionary medication and tools

Healing Africa from socio economic ills and junk political inclination shared by the foolish heads of states

The youth of 1976 were absolute perfect agents of change, manifesting to that dream and prophecy

Pioneers, revolutionaries, millionairs armed with stones and petrol bombs

Through their bravery, they out an end to the wayward sporadic Antu Education and produced freedom

To the youth of 1976;

Nothing much has changed, people are still living under sub human conditions

I salute those who lost their lives for true democratic liberation

Despite the the complete elimanition and gross destruction of seperate development

As Africans we have been enslaved by our black governement

Who sold our country to neoliberal policy with a legacy of gross inequality

To the youth of 1976;

You should know that Andries Tatane was killed by the gangster police force of the ANC

For exercising his decocratic right to quality service delivery and freedom

Yes as Africans we have not achieved half of what we fought for, and as a continent we do not need foreign aid

But we do need mathemeticians and medical NGO’s across the landscape

We also need legal & civil societies that will take the USA to the international court

From Guantanamo Bay to Iraq invasion gross crimes against hunmanity were commited

To the youth of 1976: I love you

Written by Eddie Mkhatshwa

There is always more to a woman….

God gave the woman’s womb the secret of life, only it can turn a few cells into a full human being. Whichever woman you meet has that blessing and there is always more to her. Think about how you know that your mother is much more stronger than the tribulations she faces, you always know there’s more to her. In that same light you should view every woman you see, from the girl that braids people’s hair on the side of the road, to the one that serves you chips at KFC, the one who sleeps around nalo odlala ama-card all day ekasi. There is always more to them.

The poem below was sent to me by my dear friend Eddie who has always eminated so much respect for me and held me in high regard (which sometimes baffled me but it also encouraged me to value myself more). I remember when we used to go to the Bat Centre, every Thursday while in varsity to listen to poetry and hip-hop rhymes. At that time it was all amusement to me, but God was cultivating the gift he has given to my friend. I consider this as one of his best pieces and I admire the eyes in which a woman is looked at in this poem. And I hope all women see themselves in this light (me included). Enjoy……

There is more to a woman

Some stereotypical ancient writers

From the traditional old-fashioned school of thought

Claimed beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

But what if the beholder was blind

The truth is beyond that raw attractive body

There is always more to a woman

All that junk sexual illusions

And sexual immorality coupled with the feelings of lustiness aside

There is great individual with rare separate divine qualities

To unify the diverse interest of this junk monetary driven society

From the very street kid and prostitute on the street corner

There is a strong goddess who is just a victim of a dysfunctional community

And paradox of sexual abuse

Yes from birth were given an unjust mode

Of treating and dealing with our sisters

This evil world could mould and shape people according to its unrealistic

Production standards

From the very same shebeen queen

There is a divine goddess from within

A pure African diamond with a heart of gold

Yes there is always more to a woman

This junk evil society was built upon a solid blue-print of prejudice and stereotypes

Yes it is a male dominated society but to all my black sisters

It might be hard to reminisce about the future

Where shadows of ignorance and anxiety are the standard feature of this unethical monetary driven society

There is always more to a woman

You might in hospital losing a battle against hiv-aids or tuberculosis remember there is always more to a woman

She might be a domestic worker but through her great spirits and divine wisdom she could bond

Disjointed families like a social worker she is a domestic worker with a knowledge

To send kids to college

There is always more to a woman…..

Shooo, profound ne? If only everyman could look at the women in their lives in such a manner a lot of things would be different, hey. Most importantly IF ALL WOMEN would see THEMSELVES this way, they’d be brave enough to demand the respect they deserve from the male counterparts they interact with. So lady, remember that you are Goddess and there is a lot more to you than meets the eye!

Love Letter to Africa by Mkhatshwa MRmaster

 

I am Africa

But I was never told that my first date with World Bank would intoxicate me,

That the first taste of IMF candy would consume and enrapture me,

That there are places not in heaven, where there are no politicians with lies,

No gas and real books that she with the soft voice and crooked smile can read to me,

Without the background soundtrack of third world endless socio-economic needs,

In a face of economic depression or recession I will sleep now and run no more.

I am in an economic wheel chair Yes third world countries are subsidizing western powers I elevated my sense of logic to the words

Meant to drive the world to the pool of salvation In the midst of falsehood and biblical misrepresentation

I stand for economic justice And equal rights as if Peter Tosh was my poetry

Despite the elimination of segregation and slavery Third world countries are still subsidising western powers

Africa without financial crisis Is like World Bank without dollar notes

My writings were like an eternal light The voice opium of the poor

My divine thoughts were like the classical layers of pyramids

The essence of the black civilisation

They stood the test of time DNA of survival I preach black progress and mind liberation like the original Pharous

yes my poetic toughts invade Africa since they travel like arrows Does the G-8 stands for righteousness or wickedness

Year after year we witness foreign policies keeping the elements Of thuggery and mafia style just to maintain the status quo

Where does the western powers taking the human race to?

Corporations are Gods Oil is our blood Uncle Sam Empire was built by the generations of slaves

Who were exploited to the last degree from principles Of their rightful black civilisation

Conscious mindful sober revolutionary poetry is an institution to unify the masses

We do not use western ammunition but our tools are clinical poetic verses healing the ailing economic health of the continent like medical ARVs For years I have been the slave of my pen writing about socio-economic ills

But how come as an artist I fail to clarify and remedy those things for the prophecy To be fulfilled

Is the church the unifying agent of the populace?

Word from the street is religion is the opium Of the people a stepping stone to social liberation, but I beg to differ

We really need a true religious revolution with an afro-consciousness mindset

An epitome of African redemption Dark ages and shadows of ignorance nature sins

Cold war conspiracies from the heart of Vatican ever since

Let the redemption songs and spirits of my ancestors Defends the vulnerable and the oppressed

from the evil rule Of the people who use church and schools as propaganda tools Some churches benefited from colonial inequalities

The Vatican was built by the first generations of slaves

Will Morden day churches fulfil their mission?

Is the church’s gospel based Under the tutelage of democracy (the rule of people by people for people)

Or theocracy (the rule of people by people for the creator)

Or from The enslavement of certain segments of human race For the betterment of other segment of the population

Until we get our proper respect we cannot let up

Africa is a first world borderless country