Whew, what another great year 2018 was for music. So much so that we had to stretch last year’s 30 tracks to this year’s 40. And still there wasn’t enough space to fit in all of Equilibrio’s favourites for the year. *
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In keeping with last month’s girl power theme no less than 23 of the 40 tracks here are fronted by women. And at least 8 tracks feature South African or African artists – #buylocal.
Once again, it’s interesting to see how the popular music tsunami has continued to morph, sweeping up all other genres in its wake. And so it is then that our playlist begins with some dance/EDM tracks, leading us into urban/hip-hop, through pristine pop, and then roots/americana, folk and jazz influenced tracks, and finally some r&b/nu-soul, before closing with a soaring ballad from everybody’s current darling.
The only noticeable style missing here is rock. Perhaps signaling the genre’s permanent decline? Or more likely that savvy musos are applying their skills to a multiplicity of styles to fit the current zeitgeist?
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* 2 songs in particular were difficult to leave out given their import but didn’t quite fit the flow of things. They are still worth checking out:
First up, The Crossing from Friends of Johnny Clegg. Karen Zoid decided to pull a few industry friends together to record an old Clegg track in recognition of a great South African. The response was overwhelming as you’ll see from the accompanying video. 50 well-known local and international stars pitched in including Clegg’s son Jesse. The song deals with the journey from this world to the next, all the more poignant given Clegg’s current battle with cancer. Proceeds go to Clegg’s local education foundation, so the track is worth downloading just for that (#buylocal).
Second, Frank Ocean’s cover version of the old standard Moon River. The song coincidentally was released on the same day that Joaquin Oliver, a massive Ocean fan, was gunned down in a high school shooting. Not only is the rendition beautiful but it also offers some small consolation for a deep tragedy that seems to be occurring all too often.
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