Braai Day Beats

2008-09-24 06:27

Die Heuwels Fantasties
Hip indie dance rock combo celebrate Heritage Day (aka Braai Day) by hooking up with heavyweight hip-hop players HHP and JR, and the Grammy winning Soweto Gospel Choir. It's a contagiously fun colab with Die Heuwels' Pierre Greeff singing in English, HHP and JR keeping it reall and the Soweto Gospel Choir adding their soaring African harmonies: "So it's a fly day. We call it a braai day...."
Listen/Download: Our Heritage.

Valiant Swart en Ollie Viljoen.
Mytsic blues rocker teams up with boereorkes maestro for this "Vuur en Vlam" grilled sokkie instrumental that actually sounds like a sausage sizzling on that Sunday braai grill.
Listen/Download: Boereworsie

Mahotella Queens
Forgotten what Heritage Day really means? Get your Proudly South African groove on by joining the legendary mbaqanga queens in this sublime a cappella rendition of our National Anthem, off the Voices from Mother Africa primer
Listen: Nkosi Sikelele

Anton Goosen
There's nothing quite like living in SA, eh? Join the legendary Afrikaans liedjieboer in giving our homeland the thumbs up on this beautiful folk ballad off his recent compilation '33 b-sides'.
Listen/Download: Hartland

Dancehall toastmaster, Teba "The Original social worker" gives the beautiful game a shout out on this ragga rapped curtain raiser for the 2010 World Cup.
Listen/Download: Sokka (Diski) 

Afro-fusion seldom sounds as funky as this fabulous first single off the upwardly mobile Mother City classical clubbing combo's brand new second album, 'African Renaissance'. SA expat, this one's for you.
Listen/Download: Coming Home

Bright Blue
Pioneering Proudly South African protest pop combo delivers a stirring tribute to Nelson and his Long Walk to Freedom. "We wish Madiba a very happy birthday!" said Ian Cohen back in 2003 when the seminal SA protest pop/rock band marked Nelson Mandela's 85th birthday in 2003 by releasing a new single called "Madiba 1990".
Listen/Download: Madiba 1990.

Marimbas From Mother Africa
Miriam Makeba's classic African anthem gets a vibrant marimba and mbube kissed vocal update on this hip shaking marimba rendition off the African Cream primer. Slip this percolated hramonic gem onto your Braai Day playlist and you'll be partying in no time.
Listen/Download: Pata Pata

"I know my language has always been my limit…/the heart of the fool lives inside of his mouth," serenades Laudo on this spanking new symphonic rock power ballad off the indie rock darlings' brand new CD, 'Against All Odds'. Produced by the multiple award-winning Theo Crous.
Listen/Download: The Heart of a Fool 

World music fans are in for a real treat with this Ubuntu charged slice of classic Safro-fusion courtesy of leader Frank Leepa and his multi-lingual men. Off the legendary Lesotho group's debut album, recorded in Lesotho by the cult collectable Shifty records crew.

Finally realised that the conveyor belt of Billboard rappers you see on MTV Base just aren't keeping it real. Tune into this Spaza rap pioneer's edgy ghetto life versification off the classic 'Planetary Assault' mixtape CD featuring rising SA hip-hop stars released on the Cape Town-based independent label Pioneer Unit.
Listen/Download: Township Storm 

Terror MC
"Skrik wakker dis dag, want mense word dood in die nag" declares this Cape Flats ghetto rapper on his hardcore hip-hop shout out to his home turf off his excellent second album, 'Street Life'.
Listen/Download: Kaapse Vlagte 

Chris Chameleon
Charismatic ex-BOO! singer songwriter gives the big guy in the sky some thanks on this soaring Afrikaans classical pop croon.
Listen/Download: Die Onse Vader

Die Helde
Groovy, funky Afrikaans punks celebrate finally being free from white guilt on this rollicking jam about the Rinbow Nation off their bilingual debut CD, 'n Eeue Oue Melodie.
Listen/Download: Reenboognasie

Bigots everywhere beware! There’s a 'main' method in Theo Crous and Francois Blom's Sama-winning "Swaar Metaal" madness on this darkly satirical autopsy of being a privileged white South African.
Listen/Download: Witman

From Proudly South African Afro-pop, guilt-free Afrikaans rock and Rainbow Nation reggae to 'main' heavy metal identity crises and homegrown ghetto hip-hop tales of crime & poverty: tune into our all-killer, no-filler free MP3 soundtrack to make sure you get your Heritage Day groove on.
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