Since sharing Bob Perfect’s surprisingly un-sunny Young x Durban playlist, the next addition to our Young South Africa #NowPlaying series is all about emerging musicians in and from Johannesburg (with a little bit of Pretoria too). The two-part playlist was guest curated by The Fuss editor Thozi Sejanamane, who says:
“A quick look at this year’s SAMA winners list suggests that hip hop and rap are currently at the forefront of music not only in Johannesburg but also in South Africa. The radio airplay charts only affirm this. But when we’re not concerned with who went gold on their first day, how other’s King Pie’s are going and who runs Jozi, there is a wealth of musical talent throughout Johannesburg outside of hip hop and rap.
The city of Johannesburg is the economical capital of South Africa where thousands flock to find their own yellow bricks on the streets of gold. There is always money to be made in the city, but life bleeds out through the sprawling highways and municipal roads to the suburbs and townships like the traffic at the end of a workday. Outside the hustle and bustle of the actual city there are many pockets of creativity where musicians are creating sounds alongside all the garden tools in their garages or even in the comfort of their suburban bedrooms.
With this playlist my hope is to uncover a varied mix of these pockets of creativity and get the sounds out of the bedroom-studios and garage-rehearsal spaces to get them to your ears. The first part features instrument- or band-based music taking you on a journey through folk, kwela, psych and post rock that was likely made in a garage. The second part features electronic music taking you on a journey through ambient, down tempo, glitch and GQOM that was likely made in a bedroom.”
Cover photo by Andile Buka.
1. Joshua Kempen – You Are The One
2. Julian Redpath – Nightingale
3. Go Barefoot – Johannesburg
4. Gangsterdam – Wasting Away
5. The Goldilox Zone – Gravity
6. Alright Goodnight – Oh Eleanor
7. SOL GEMS – Standing With The Sun
8. Hellcats – Well I Never
9. Savage Lucy – Despot
10. Buli – Love Experiment
11. Vox Portent – Static
12. Nonku Phiri – Things We Do On The Weekend
13. Chemical Love – u + i
14. Beatenberg – Chelsea Blakemore (Hawkword Remix)
15. Pop Art Live – Forest Fire
16. AppleSawc – AppleFo Freak Ringer
17. Chee – Charlie
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