2014 in review – Music

2014-12-22 07:00

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Phoenix of the year: Kelly Khumalo

Kelly Khumalo at the Feather Awards

When everyone thought her affair with Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa was over, they seemed to have fallen in love again before Meyiwa’s tragic death at her family home in October.

Shortly after his burial, Khumalo appeared at the Feather Awards and Live Amp.

She continues to perform and refuses to back down amid criticism and name-calling. – Thembisile Dzonzi

Hottest music video of the year: Run Jozi (Godly) – AKA ft K.O

While K.O’s Caracara video has more than 1.3?million hits on YouTube, when it comes to production value and pure cool, AKA’s video for his hit Run Jozi (Godly) takes the cake.

Shot in black and white, and set in the Joburg inner city, we saw K.O doing press-ups on a taxi roof, AKA rapping to an open Joburg sky and Yanga doing arguably the hook of the year with a rendition of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. – Grethe Koen

Banging single of the year: Caracara – K.O


Hip-hop shone bright like a grille this year, claiming many of the biggest tracks to hit the scene.

Cassper Nyovest had us jiving with Doc Shebeleza and Phuma Kim, and we fell in love with AKA’s Congratulate and Run Jozi (Godly).

But it was K.O’s Caracara that stole 2014. It stayed on the charts for months and will most likely find itself in the coveted midnight spot on many a New Year’s Eve countdown. – Gugulethu Mhlungu

Airport arrival look of the year: Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

We gasped when Afro-soul legend Erykah Badu got off the plane for her headlining performance at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in March this year. The wide-brimmed hat.

The gold jewellery. It all just screamed originality. The only thing that ruined her whirlwind tour was her performance of Happy Birthday for Swaziland’s despotic king, Mswati III. – Grethe Koen

Top DJs of the year: Black Coffee; Dimplez

DJ Dimplez

We’ve got to admit it, DJ Black Coffee was the top mover and shaker in DJ-land once again this year.

He’s travelling nonstop, infecting dance floors across the world. But closely behind him was DJ Dimplez, who we offer some small ululations for his tireless work in local music.

Special mentions have to go to DJs Clock and Spoko, and rising star and a rare lady on the scene DJ Doowap. – Thembisile Dzonzi

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