The year was 2004 and this track brought all sought of healing and emotions at the time. My set is incomplete without it. I even have it on vynil. One of the tracks that will always stand the test of time. If you were to describe me in song. This would be the perfect way to do so.
2. Ryan Murgatroyd – iKalimba
The truth of the matter is timeless music really takes a lot from a person. This song will always be the defining moment in African Electronic Music.
3. DJ Clock ft Ekurhuleni Choir – Diada
DJ Clock has to be one of the best producers in South Africa. This song speaks about hope and the real African dream.
4. Spirit Of Praise ft Tshepiso – Xa Ndiyekelewa Nguwe
I spend a lot of time on the road. This song speaks to my soul. Perfect track for those 10 hour trips I take almost every 2 weeks J .
5 Blanka Mazimela ft Sobantwana & Korus – Gcwanini
A dedication to Dingani Tshabisile Mazimela. The great Gcwanini now rests peacefully. The song tells a great tale about one of my biggest influences. My grandfather.
6. Jozif ft Little Bear – The 508
Everything in this song is just perfect.
7 Andhim – Hausch
‘A woman’s only human.You should understand .She’s not just a plaything .She’s flesh and blood just like her man’. The guys sampled this song in a perfect way. It is always in my set.
8. Jay Z & Kanye West – Murder To Excellence
Black excellence is to be celebrated always.
9. Rufus Du Sol – Innerbloom
A Blanka Mazimela set is defined by this song. A sunset in Camps Bay, Cape Town at Café Caprice during peak summer J.
10. Black Coffee – Come To Me
The year was 2007. This song made me fall deeper in love with house music. Black Coffee truly changed the game with this one.
Various – Africa Gets Physical Vol. 3 (Get Physical Music)
Get Physical gets ready for the third instalment of its ‘Africa Gets Physical’ series, this time compiled by Blanka Mazimela and featuring a host of exclusive new music. This compilation series has proved hugely successful for Get Physical with a careful A&R approach that has unearthed a wealth of electronic musical talent from Africa, helping to bring the global attention it deserves. Previous chapters have featured some of the biggest names in the scene, alongside rising talent and this latest offering provides more of the same. Compiler Blanka Mazimela has tracks EPs like ‘Phezulu’ on Get Physical and has been mentored by fellow label regular Ryan Murgatroyd. Blanka is the content head for Soul Candi’s Institute of Music as well as the head of musical composition. He was previously the head lecturer at Soul Candi’s Institute of Music which has music production courses licensed out to over 30 Boston campuses all around South Africa. The collection kicks off with Blanka Mazimela featuring Korus & Sobantwana and their fantastic ‘Gcwanini’, a deep house groove with afro drums and the most spell binding vocal. From there is a run of previous unreleased tunes taking in gems like the shuffling grooves of ‘Euphoria‘ by Nizhe DeSoul, the bump and grind of Shivers Bw’s ‘Tsodilo’ and darker, stuttering drum programming of Tau and Sterio T’s ‘Afterlife.’ Every track brings a different take on South African house with Aso Tandwa ft Bongani Mehlomakhulu rising up with spiritual vocals and poignant chords on ‘Ithemba’ and the rattling hits and almost UK funky style upbeats of KAARGO’s ‘Dimensions’ really awakening your soul. DJ Clock is up next with a track that will soon be a single on the label, the excellent ‘Mudih’ featuring Kekelingo. Label mainstay Ryan Murgatroyd impresses as always with his serene ‘Khuzeka.
Out Now… Various – Africa Gets Physical Vol. 3 (Get Physical Music) Cat No: GPMCD240