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New Year's Resolutions: A Free MP3 Starter Pack

2008-01-04 09:09
Free MP3s

Simple: give your girl/boyfriend her/his skinny jeans back and start a kwaito metal band! Hell, whatever you do, make sure you leave your listening prejudices in last year. We have. Tune into our genre-surfing playlist of free MP3s to help you hold your New Year’s resolution nerve.

Don’t worry, be happy
Sick 'n tired of being bummed out about whether our boys will embarass us on the pitch in 2010? Get your World Cup groove on with this awesome a cappella anthem dedicated to our national soccer team courtesy of Mbube masters, Amaryoni. Listen: Bafana Bafana

Learn the National Anthem
Come on, 'fess up. You want to. Discover your Proudly South African flow by tuning into legendary maskandi trio, the Mahotella Queens' sublime a cappella rendition. Listen: Nkosi Sikelele

Learn to Apologise
Cheating on your lover will catch up with you eventually. Stop running away from your feelings and start saying sorry by tuning into this rare acoustic psyche-rocker from Falling Mirror's previously unreleased Hammerhead Hotel. Listen: Forgive Me

Learn a New Pick Up Line
Cocktail bar come-ons just not working? Take legendary mystic boer, Valiant Swart's advice to heart, while you drown your sorrows. Listen: How Can You Tune Me Nooit....

Get to Know Your Neighbour
Feeling isolated behind your electrified fence? Tune into this addictively illbient Cape Flats hiep-hop head-nodder about looking beyond the beef. Off legendary Kallitz word surgeon, Dokte's solo EP. Listen: Maak Mekaa Sterk

Become a Poet
Okay, maybe not. Then again, after one listen to South African poet laureate Breyten Breytenbach's sublime Afrikaans erotic verse you might just be penning a few sexy sonnets yourself. Off his colab with singer songwriter Peter "Hamlet by Night" Mitchell. Listen: Die Eed

Don't Give Up
Tune into Fab Afrikaans foursome Zinkplaat's impassioned melodic rock strummer about the poetry in persevering with love. Off their new CD, Musiek Uit Die Geraas. Listen: Gedigte vir Gesigte

Go with the Flow
Tired of banging your head against the wall when nothing goes your way? Tune into Howard Roark's stylish does of skinny jeaned indie rock off their debut EPand you'll be karmically cool in no time. Listen: Go with the Flow

Mix it Up
Setp out of your indie rock or kasi kwiato pigeonholes and find real freedom. So says lyrical rapper Ben Sharpa on this fiercely conscious versification inspired by acoustic-rock legend Neil Young’s classic "Hey, Hey, My, My (Into The Black)". Listen: Into the Black

Get a sense of humour
Take a few lessons from avant-rock combo, Buckfever Underground's stream of consciousness parable off their Rainbow Nation black comedy, Saves. Listen: All You Need In Life Is A Soul 

Move back to SA
And you actually thought you couldn't care less about Bafana Bafana and the bokke? Sing-along to the Aba Khibesizwe Choir patriotic a cappella jam and take pride in who you are while remembering why local is so lekker. Listen: Bue Khaya (come back home)

Clean up your act
Had enough of boozing and pill-popping? Tune into the Dirty Skirts'  absolutely fabulous critique of CT cliquey night club culture to help you stick to that resolution to try and stay sober this year. Listen: Is This It? (remix)

Stop Spending Money you don't have
Always broke? Listen to Bellville-bred suburban "Afri-Grunge" trio, Skuim channeling the ghosts of Nirvana, Tool, Pink Floyd, and AC/DC on this anthem about overflowing wallets. Listen: Bottomless Beursie

Get high
Life too hectic? Tune into hot young songbird, Lara Frances' fist-pumping pop ditty and you’ll be in a happy go lucky groove long before you start giving suicide any airtime. Listen: High on Life

Fall in love again
Heart-broken? Don’t stew in your own juices. So says hip young folkie Sean Hayz on this bittersweet acoustic strummer off A Shade Of Green. Listen: Step Out

Win your boyfriend back
Fed up with your so-called girlfriends stealing your boyfriends? Tune into Natalia's "claws out" slice of feisty-femme-fuelled indie-pop-rock.
Listen: Girlfriend

Seize the Day
You’re running out of time and you know it. Make sure you make every second count by tuning into this killer Afrikaans garage rocker courtesy of Fokof’s Francois and Wynand. Listen: Elke Oomblik Tel

Get Married

(S)he loves me, (s)he loves me not? Tired of wondering whether you should pop the question? Get in tune with where your relationship is really at by slipping this sublime acoustic pop strummer from Miaknic and ex-Moodphase5ive songbird ernie deane onto your iPod and you'll be Zen-ready whatever the answer. Listen: Don't Push

Start studying
The plunging Rand, rising oil prices and hectic repo rate got you on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Let Fokofpolisiekar and aKING's Hunter Kennedy help you avoid an existential crisis on this hypnotic Afrikaans indie electro dance rocker off their upcoming debut CD. 
Listen: Oorlweing 101

Sick 'n tired of making New Year's resolutions you have no intention of keeping? How about trying some music related nuggets on for size? Like stop clogging up your iPod with new stuff just because it's 'free'. Or how about actually buying South African CDs, instead of burning them from your buddies? And what do you do when you realize all those indie-disco bands you’ve been overdosing on are just pretty vacant?
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