Top Ten Tunes: Free MP3 Downloads at Channel24

Die Radio Kalahari Orkes with Jack Parow – Blaas Jou Vuvuzela

HeuninglandIan Roberts and his bakgat band of boeremusiek brothers team up with super romantic Afrikaans rap star Jack Parow on this tongue-in-cheeky World Cup anthem-in-the-making anthem about braaivleis, brandy and Vuvuzela blowing! Off heir third album of all star collaborations, “Heuningland”.

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Koos Kombuis – Lisa se Klavier

Legendary singer songwriter maps the moment he morphed from Andre Letoit into mythical alternative Afrikaans troubadour Koos Kombuis on this classic Voelvry-era acoustic ballad off his excellent debut, ‘Niemandsland & Beyond!’.

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Die Heuwels Fantasties – Our Heritage

Our HeritageHip 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 real and the Soweto Gospel Choir adding their soaring African harmonies: “So it’s a flyday. We call it a braai day….”

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aKING – The Heart Of A Fool

“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.

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Merseystate – New Jersey Girl

The Lucky OnesMother City rockers Wayne Joshua and Shai Caleb (ex-Farenheit) share this first, hook-laden single off their debut album ‘The Lucky Ones’. Fans of well-crafted Brit-pop cut from Oasis and The Beatles’ cloth, this is well worth a listen.

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Rian Malan – Trekboer

Outspoken journalist and ‘My Traitor’s Heart’ author turned troubadour shares this hauntingly poetic unplugged Afrikaans folk strum about the ontological crisis of expatriate South African existence. Off his cult classic album ‘Alien Inboorling’. Released on the legendary Shifty label.

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Deep Fried Man – No More Trouble

Deep Fried Man is Not AmusedJohannesburg-based singer songwriter sidesteps the lo-fi folk stereotypes on this blues, soul, rock, and hip-hop inflected ballad for the mall generation. Imagine Rodriguez sharing a toke with Jack Johnson and you’re almost there. Off his new album, ‘Deep Fried Man is Not Amused’.

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Jennifer Ferguson – Angel Fish

South African alt. pop diva channels Kate Bush and Lesley Rae Dowling on this haunting opening track off her debut album ‘Hand Around The Heart’, which includes songs of frustrated housewives, army widows, teenage lust, dreams, fear and coping with it. Released on the seminal Shifty label.

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7FT Soundsystem – Love Be The Power

God Shuffles His BeatFreshlyground’s Zolani Mahola adds her sublime siren call to this summery brass ‘n bass filtered first single off Mother City musician Yves Adler’s new album, ‘God Shuffles His Beat’.

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The Genuines – Ek Het ‘n Bra

Legendary Mother City genre shifters team up with banjo legend Sam ‘Mr Mac’ McKenzie to give the classic goema grooves of Cape Town’s minstrel carnival an extreme punk jazz makoever on this party starter off their album ‘Mr Mac and the Genuines’. Released back in 1987 on the seminal Shifty Records label.

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