In case you didn’t realise, Mgarimbe’s massive street hit “Sista Bethina” was released 10 years ago. And Mgarimbe hasn’t released any other hit since then. He’s not the only South African artist who came, performed, but didn’t quite conquer, in the past 10 years.We list some of the artists who gave us the most memorable hits and just left us hanging.
Mgarimbe “Sista Bethina” (2006)
No one was ever ready for the storm that was to come when Mgarimbe and Jabu first released this track. This is arguably one of the biggest songs to come out of the country in the past decade. The Party Goers Anonymous’ official anthem is still a guaranteed crowd rouser. Mgarimbe released an album titled Grand Entrance in 2011, however, nothing much came out of it.
Bantu Soul “Having You Around” (2007)
Bantu Soul’s self-titled album was something to look forward to, for South African house music lovers. After being featured on Black Coffee’s single “Even Though”, and winning the Metro FM Award for Best Male the following year, it looked like Bantu Soul was next to take the throne as the best house vocalist in the country. “Having you Around” was a breath of fresh air, a song for both lovers and party goers. The aim, while dancing to this song, was definitely not to sweat. Bantu Soul has subsequently released two other albums in 2009 and 2012 with Love Crimes being his latest offering.
DJ Sdunkero “Maputo Song” (2007)
Taken from his debut album, Edladleni Volume 1, DJ Sdunkero’s “Maputo Song” had the capability to instantly release anyone’s ratchet side. This song won the Record of the Year Award at the SAMAs in 2008. Its main attraction was its catchy Mozambican guitar riff. None of Sdunkero’s later releases have managed to get nearly as much attention as “Maputo Song”.
Nutty Nys “Nka mo Dira” (2009)
A song made hugely popular for its playful delivery on sexual innuendos, Nutty Nys and Miza’s “Nka Mo Dira” became an instant favourite. It was loved by both young and old, and sometimes even making an inappropriate feature at family gatherings. This song had a pretty basic beat, and nobody really knows why they liked it. But they did anyway.
Kay-E “Bona Re Etsang” (2010)
An artist closely linked to the 985 crew, Kay-E also made noise with “Bona Re Etsang” which not only appealed to hip-hop followers, but the ordinary man on the street too. Two official remixes of the song were released the following year. Kay-E has since then tried to make a comeback, with none of his songs really catching on.
Bullistic “Mamasita” (2011)
“Where you were when we drank the liquors?” (sic) Most South Africans were introduced to this song via Live on SABC1. Soon after its release, it was on everyone’s playlist. Bullistic and Oros got us dancing right through the festive season, straight into 2012. Bullistic’s subsequent releases have since failed to reach the heights that “Mamasita” did. He did however, leave us with one of South Africa’s coolest catchphrases.
Monotone “Invitation to Dance” (2012)
You know a song is a hit when kids have their own playground remix for it. Monotone and Ruby Gold got us dancing and singing along to lyrics that we weren’t quite sure of. “Invitation to Dance” was hard to escape in 2012, with every radio station making sure it was on their playlist. Unfortunately, subsequent Monotone releases have just gone largely unnoticed, with no word on where Ruby Gold has disappeared.
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