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We started a proudly South African playlist over the weekend and filled it with all our favourite songs; while playing through the list, we chose 5 favourites.

 

South Africa (12 July 2022) – Music is a very quick way to get your spirits up, especially during tough times. In preparations for the rugby over the past weekend, we started a proudly South Africa playlist. It was pretty quick in building up the gees for the event but it was also so great hearing the songs, we thought we would share our top 5 favourites.

All our favourites are the oldies but they are just the absolute best songs in our opinion!

Let us know which of these songs is your favourite and what we should add to the playlist for the next big sporting event?

Joy – Paradise Road

Paradise Road was first performed in the 1980’s by Felicia Marion, Thoko Ndlozi and Anneline Malebo. The song was dubbed the unofficial anthem of South Africa. The song spent 9 weeks at Number 1 on the local music charts.

The ladies are also famous for “The Click Song” (which is also on the playlist!).

éVoid – Shadows

éVoid was established in the 1980’s by brothers Lucien and Erik Windrich. They were supported by various drummers including Georg Voros, Wayne Harker and Danny de Wet.

They were known as being the founders of punk in South Africa, singing about rebellion and inspiring fashions that turned many very conservative heads.

Opus – Life is Life

This song is not technically South African but it was adopted for the South African cricket team. Can you tell us which player used to come out to the field to this song? Here is a hint: he is regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time and as South Africa’s greatest batsman ever.

Answer: Jacque Kallis.

Bright Blue – Weeping

Weeping was written as a protest song by Bright Blue’s keyboard-player Dan Heymann. The song came out towards the end of Apartheid and was voted as the “All-time Favourite South African Song” in 1999.

It has been famously covered by Josh Groben in 2006 with the help of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Juluka – Scatterlings of Africa

Another incredible musician who used his music to stand up against Apartheid in South Africa. Johnny Clegg, along with bandmate Sipho Mchunu released the song in the early 1980s when their band was known as Juluka. It was this song that thrust Clegg and Mchunu into fame with “western audiences”.


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