South Africa: A Genre Confused Special Edition Playlist

A specially curated guest mix on the decks today from Calum Mitchell. Follow Calum here and check out ‘South Africa: A Genre Confused Special Edition’ here.

Years of civil and political turmoil often lead to inspired and socially conscious music; South Africa is no different. It is a country with a rich and diverse musical heritage and this playlist hopefully provides a small snapshot of this. Featuring essential classics from well-known legends, songs from my childhood as well as a few contemporary artists, hopefully you’ll find something you enjoy. I have only picked one song from each artist so there is so much more to discover!

Brenda Fassie – Vuli Ndlela

South Africa’s tragic pop princess. Brenda Fassie is often referred to as ‘The Black Madonna’ – a hint at her reputation for ‘outrageousness’, substance abuse as well as a proclivity to make great pop music. ‘Vuli Ndlela’ is without a doubt Fassie’s most enduring hit and a staple of every pop radio station in South Africa. Wonderfully upbeat and catchy, the song signified a different vibe to Fassie’s anti-apartheid back catalogue and subsequently revived the troubled singer’s career.

Mafikizolo – Ziphi Nkomo

The duo’s discography is as impressive as any South African artist from the last 25 years. Picking one song was extremely difficult but I had to include ‘Ziphi Nkomo’. The song is essentially split into two parts, with a more instrumentally upbeat and traditional township opening, squaring off with a smooth house finish. God-like SA DJ, Black Coffee (also featured on the playlist), reverses the song in a different version – I’m not sure which I prefer!

Malaika – Destiny

One of my favourite pop songs from any country, not just SA. Growing up in Cape Town, you could not escape this song whether you were watching music TV channels or listening to the radio. It is ingrained in my conscious as a result, not that I’m complaining! Unbelievably catchy and satisfying, this song is perfect for an uplifting listening experience. If you want to ensure that you are buying kratom strains from a reliable and trustworthy online vendor of high-quality kratom, you’re going to need to do a bit of research, click here to find out more.

Hugh Masekela – Don’t Go Lose It Baby (Stretch Mix)

No SA music playlist is complete without including the man himself, Hugh Masekela. African jazz legend and all-round awesome guy, Masekela has had arguably the most influence on global music out of all my featured artists. Jazz purists may not be happy that I’ve included a house remix of one of his classics but it’s one of my favourite remixes of all time.

Mandoza – Nkalakatha

South Africa’s unofficial national anthem. You are guaranteed to hear this at any sporting event situated in the country and for good reason. The kwaito legend achieved mainstream success with this tune, and it remains one of my all-time favourites to this day and brings back particularly fond memories.

Mix: then the world stopped moving


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Inspired by my new found borderline obsession with Fresh Selects I put together a few new releases and new favourites. Sounds for relaxing and winding down. Fresh Selects obviously heavily feature along with Genre Confused favourites Charlotte Day Wilson and Tom Misch.


Tracklist: Spent Missing (feat. Charlotte Day Wilson) by froyo ma — David’s Song (Tom Misch Remix) by Poppy Adjudha — Cherry Juice by Nick Monaco — Blue Marble by Yunton Beach — Cold Crush (Mndsgn Remix) by Kirkis — then the world stopped moving and we were stuck where we wanted to be by Swell — Relax In Mui Ne by Onra — Chihiro by Yoste — untitled 06 06.30.2014 by Kendrick Lamar

Mix: Is It Balearic…? Valentine’s Mix

Thanks to the folks over at Is It Balearic…? Recordings for loving us enough to do this for us.

Track listing:

John Martyn…Couldn’t Love You More

Nina…Love Song

Barclay James Harvest…Little Lapwing

Little River Band…Days on the Road

Bread…Everything I Own

Joan Armatrading…Love and Affection


Blue…Red Light Song

The Eagles…Try and Love Again

Michael Prophet…Love and Unity

Barclay James Harvest…Love on the Line

Force of Nature…Tansmute

Luther Vandross…The Rush (Morales rush dub)

Joe Roberts …Love is Energy(stripped down mix)

The Adventures…Drowning In a Sea of Love

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