In the music scene, the ‘song of the year’ is so named because it’s thought to be the unofficial anthem of the year. It’s played at parties all around the country as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, and rings in a new era as it waves goodbye to the one that came before. The song choice is often hotly-contested, sparking fierce debate among local music lovers who want their favourite artists to come out on top.
This year, JOOX - a popular music streaming platform - gave their listeners the power to decide the top track for themselves with a user vote-generated playlist. The winner? None other than the compelling ‘Umlilo’ by DJ Zinhle! DJ Zinhle had this to say about the win.
You voted @DjZinhle's 'Umlilo' as your favourite song of 2019 - and she's here to shower you with love! Thank you for bringing the fire this festive season! ????Listen to 'Umlilo' and more in-app https://t.co/G6t6uAfc5Q pic.twitter.com/1z4lmMO5Dg
— JOOX South Africa (@JOOXSouthAfrica) December 18, 2019
‘Umlilo’ went platinum within three months of release, and was a clear winner among JOOX listeners. In an interesting turn of events, the song’s vocalist, Rethabile Khumalo, is the daughter of famed singer, Winnie Khumalo.
Winnie has had a long career in music, forming ‘Pure Magic’ with Rebecca Malope and Mercy Pakela in the late 80s. She later went on to sing back-up for the legendary Brenda Fassie and had her own solo national hit, ‘Just Wanna Live My Life’, in 2009.
‘Rethabile having her own hit in 2019, ten years later, really goes to show the strong legacy of
the Khumalo vocalists, while the song itself reinforces DJ Zinhle's dominance within the house music and DJ scene,’ says JOOX Head of Content, Felicity Mdhluli.
In second place is another big local hit, Samthing Soweto’s ‘Alakuleki.’ ShaSha, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza de Small also make appearances on the track - artists who’ve all had a massively successful year in their own right. So much so that DJ Maphorisa and Kabza de Small’s albums, ‘Scorpion Kings’ and ‘The Return of the Scorpion Kings’, have many tracks appearing on the user-generated playlist’s other top spots.
Your Top-5 most streamed local artist numbers are in - and you've been loving the music of @samthingsoweto, @KabzaDeSmall_, @DjMaphorisa, @DJZinhle and @mfr_souls.Check them out and find all their hits in-app now: https://t.co/y0WAQmgK90 pic.twitter.com/eB55e5gVBm— JOOX South Africa (@JOOXSouthAfrica) December 2, 2019
Wherever you’ll be this New Year’s Eve, make sure to ring in your 2020 with local pride, ‘Umlilo’-style.Listen to the 2019 JOOX Users’ Choice playlist here.
This post and content is sponsored, written and provided by JOOX.