“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
We are nearing the end of 2020. Can you believe we have only 2 months to go before we enter 2021? This year definitely felt very short and that’s probably because of all the uncertainty with covid19 and lockdown. However, the festive season is around the corner and there can be no better way to celebrate than with some good music.
So, I have been compiling a playlist of all the South African songs I love and will be listening to this summer. This is a list of all old and new songs that I know will be in my playlist for this festive season.
In the past few years, South Africa has really shown us some great talent when it comes to music. From Elaine’s contemporary R&B style music to AmaPiano’s Kamo Mphela there is some exceptional talent to look for and listen to. It’s challenging to select only 15 songs, but I will only share with you the songs that I listen to the most.
To open the playlist, I started with Prince Kaybee’s Fetch Your Life ft. Msaki. Msaki has always been my all-time favourite artist. I first discovered her music 4 years ago with Imfama Ziyabona. The song made me look deeper into my purpose, especially given that 4 years ago I was deep in Uni. So, with the pressure to submit assignments and get good grades, it was the perfect song to listen to, as a reminder that all the work was for a bigger purpose. So, I instantly fell for this song, especially given that the meaning is similar to Imfama Ziyabona.
I suggest you have a good listen to the song, it’s perfect to hype you up into getting your to-do list done. All the plans and dreams we put on hold because of circumstances, to wake up and fetch your life sis.
We pray away, pray away, pray away
The pain on not being in alignment with our dreams
Other songs in the playlist that follow the same energy for motivating and positivity are Sun-EL Musician and Msaki’s Ubomi Abamanga and Into Ingawe by Sun-EL Musician featuring Ami Faku. The songs loosely translate, “life hasn’t stopped” and “It’s all up to you”. Great music for hustlers that with prayer and hard work success can be achieved, including Aubrey Qwana’s Molo.
The next couple of songs in my playlist are about love and relationships. And since I’m a hopeless romantic a big part of the playlist is made up of love songs. I’m currently listening to Ziphozenkosi by Dumi Mkokstad. He initially wrote the song for his wife Ziphozenkosi, which means “God’s gifts“.
I like to reference the song to my son, he is my gift from God.
Yintoni na umuntu, lent’ umthanda kangaka?
(Who is Man that You would love them so much?) Umuph’ isipho esinje (What a gift!)
Kulungile Thixo (It is Good, my Lord)
Yintoni na umuntu, lent’ umthanda kangaka?
(Who is Man that You would love them so much?)
Another lovely song, for people who are in a long term relationship, is Bucie featuring Kwesta – Thando Lwethu. It is such a reaffirming and lovely song to listen to with your partner. Another song that fits into the same category is Ngeke Balunge by Mafikizolo and Forever by Sithelo ft. SkyeWanda. They are very beautiful upbeat songs.
The next songs in the playlist are pop culture songs, the first one is Stay by Rowlene. I first discovered Rowlene after watching Blood & Water, she is one of the underrated artists in our country. She has an incredible voice and I enjoy that I can listen to a South African Pop/R&B artist that sings just as good as those in the US. Another song I love by her is SMA where she features Nasty C. I also love Whipped by Tellaman, Shekhinah, Nasty C, it sounds American, but it is definitely a masterpiece.
And lastly, my favourite songs for when I want to dance is Ntyilo Ntyilo by Rethabile Khumalo feat. Master KG, MFR Souls – Amanikiniki ft. Major League Djz, Kamo Mphela & Bontle Smith. These are such spirit-filled and uplifting songs, perfect for when you need an energy boost.
Music has always been very important to me. People have different coping mechanisms to the curve balls life throws at us. It seems that music is a universal coping mechanism for most people. In fact, music has been proven to reduce stress.
We sometimes underestimate so many aspects of the Arts and the positive contribution they have in our overall health.
I hope you enjoy listening to this playlist and please share any song suggestions you may have.
Love & Blessings xxx