Top 10 SA Albums of 2008

2008-12-11 07:38
 
 

1. Koos Kombuis Bloedrivier
Koos has realised something: it’s us versus them. The Rainbow Nation has become a Bloedrivier, he says on this new collection of protest songs. But not like you think. You will hear Koos angry, but he’s been that before. You will hear him rock out, again not for the first time. But has he ever, ever been so… right?
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2. 340ml Sorry for the Delay
The jam is over: now, 340ml are "sending a message to destroy your radio" with philosophies, parables and popping basslines. Not like their unlikely idols Rage Against The Machine, mind. Instead, the revolution is merely wondered out loud: "Who conquered HIV? Who colonised the galaxy?”".
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3. Revolution The Book Of...
It's Proudly Pan African fruit cocktail of stunning soul vocals, kwaai jazz grooves, glorious gospel anthems, fly slam poetic raps, and authentic maskandi filters makes the twins' latest house adventure a breath of fresh air compared to your usual commercial four-to-the-floor Euro-dance fillers.
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4. Goldfish Perceptions of Pacha
They wowed South Africans with their unique blend of deep house, jazz and live instruments. Now they’re ready to take over the world!
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5. aKING
Forget Fokofpolisiekar. SA rock's future is English pop. These Bellville-born-and-bred laaities have traded 'die taal' for a more international appeal. They want to sound like the music most teenagers listen to. And with this album they might just become that band.
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6. Zimology Live
A mesmerising live primer into the visionary South African saxophonist and composer's ongoing quest to decolonise music from "ethnic cubicles". Deftly sidetsepping any accustations of avant-garde elitism, Zim sculpts a bewitching brew where the sounds of the Diaspora come together to celebrate the (he)art of imporvistaion itself.
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7. Foto Na Dans Pantomime op Herwinbare Klanke
Equal parts bombast and brilliance, Foto Na Dans' new EP is the work of a rapidly maturing band.
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8. Jim Neversink Shakey is Good
Damn good. In a way that makes you imagine someone has taken a zombie Johnny Cash and stuck an electrode up his arse to reanimate him. Yep, there's somehting deliciously ironic about a Joburg band playing country,and it's this kind of self-deprecating awareness that gives Jim's slef-desrcied Loserbilly it's special quality.
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9. Josie Field Leyland
In a scene saturated with prefabricated pop stars Josie Field is the real singer songwriter deal. Josie's secret is that she refuses to pull any punches about how she's feeling. No pussyfooting around the pity pot when yet another boyfriend's treated her badly. Instead some harmonic-hued country hoe-downs and bluesy meditations about searching for the freedom she deserves.
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10. Mandoza Ingwenya
Mandoza and his powerful production team of DJ Cleo and Gabi Le Roux once again proves exactly why he is - and will continue to be - the face of Kasi (township) music.
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2008 was another wild ride in South African music. Goldfish got ready to go global with another infectious Afro-jazzy electro pop lucky packet, while Revolution reminded dance fans that African house is where the really progressive frequencies are at. Meanwhile 340ml reminded us why dub has always been the most subversive sonic coktail. And speaking of subversion, it was left to veteran Afrikaans troubadour Koos Kombuis to get political on his kfired up Rainbow Nation critique.

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