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.
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.
In an effort to get summer to stick around I put my shiny Nord keyboard to work as an external midi controller and patched together some of my favourite turn-of-the-70s disco and boogie. I’ve tried to hit that sweet spot when disco turned down the cheese and boogie hit its stride. Expect some seriously groovy goodness from 1979-1984. Very specific. Everyone likes specifically dated mixes.
Take a listen and check out the track listing below. You’re not going to want to miss the Byrne & Barnes cool down piano solo. I may have let the closing Tamara burner play out for a bit to long but when a track is that good I couldn’t quite bring myself to cut it short.
Nights Over Egypt by The Jones Girls
You Make Love Like Springtime by Teena Marie
The Easton Assassin by The Sunburst Band
Mainline by Black Ivory
Lay It On The Line by Logg
Love You Out Of Your Mind by Byrne & Barnes
It’s Summertime by Jerry Champion
Dance Turned Into A Romance by The Jones Girls
Hooked On Your Love (John Morales Mix) by The Fantastic Aleems featuring Calebur
Switching things up today with an exclusive mix put together by one of the founders of colourful record label Not Like That Andrew Perring – otherwise known as Fork and Knife. Its the perfect summer mix to deliver your hit of synth heavy FUN and features tracks from ABSRDST, Ryan Hemsworth and NLT label mate Suffix. Make sure to listen out for Fork and Knife’s latest earworm ‘Feeler‘ which is sure to get you moving.
London based fans of electronic shaking are in luck as Not Like That are putting on their first label party with sets from FAIK, Daniel Ness, Mitch Wade Cole, BigWigFatCat and Fork and Knife. Get down to The Yard in Hackney on the 28th of August for free dance fun. Yes, its absolutely bloody free. Can’t say fairer than that.
Hit play and check out more info as well as the mix tracklist below.
Fork and Knife Summer Mix 2015 Tracklist:
ABSRDST – Do I Sound Good
Suffix – Always You
Fork and Knife – Feeler
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (Robokid x Ba-Kuura remix)
Fork and Knife – Michael Jetson
Fork and Knife – Dumfun
ODESZA (Feat. Monsoonsiren) – Memories That You Call (BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD Remix)
[GRRL] – Bad Bitch
Ryan Hemsworth – Cream Soda (with Tomggg)
Nicki Minaj – Only Ft. Drake, Lil Wayne And Chris Brown (Vices Remix)
Henrik the Artist – naked
Foreign Beggars – Deng (Iglooghost Remix)