TOP 5 Popular Songs 2018

South Africa had a entertaining start of 2018 with the best music from different international artists. If you don’t know what are we talking about chek our 5 favourite songs 2018 list below!

Calum Scott just released his new single You are the Reason. It started out as a song about something completely different than what is now. It was originally written from a fragile place of anxiety and not knowing the cause. But as he carried on writing, he realised how every relationship has difficult times but you stick with it because the love you feel for the other person overrides everything else. Listen

 

 Camila Cabello is one of the TOP latin artists of the moment. Her song Never be the same,  already entered the TOP 40 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. The song entered at number 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100 as the week’s top debut with 30.000 copies sold for its first week of release. This Cuban-American singer launched her first solo album “Camila” in January which incluided hit “Havana” whose video has over 500 million views on Youtube.  Listen

 

Ed Sheeran is the most romantic artist of the moment and his song Perfect is a complete success!  The track has been climbing the chart fairly steadily, and it has been living inside the Top 10 for several weeks! And more, the songriter hit the top spot after releasing six versions of his single, incluiding duets with Beyoncé and Andrea Bocelli. The original version is takien from Sheeran’s album which is the biggest-selling record in the UK on 2017. Listen

 

 Lady Zamar had a meteoric rise over the last two years but admitted that there was a point where she forgot who she was because she was trying too hard to fit into the mould the industry had carved for her. “I realised that I was no longer doing the things that I enjoyed doing. I was trying to hard to please people. With that I started comparing myself to others and I became miserable” She said. Her song Collide is one of her bests!  Listen

 

Shekhinah launched her new album Rose Gold last year and it’s been a total success. Her song  Please Mr‘ s been very popular among the country and because of that she just released the visuals. The video follows a man and a woman who are led into a house full of dancers becoming entranced by not only ther beautiful sorroundings but also the enticing moves of the individuals around them. Watch it here !   Please Mr

 

But there are also other songs and singers we want to talk about…

 

 Hip-hop star Drake is encouraging fans to perform just one act of kindness for another person as part of a 24-hour Instagram challenge. The Canadian rapper recently showed off his generosity as he filmed his “God’s Plan” music video in Miami, Florida earlier this month, giving away almost $1 million to local residents and organizations in need. Shortly before releasing the footage of his various charitable acts, Drake declared the promo was “the most important thing I’ve ever done in my career”. Listen

 

Post Malone cruises in a tank through a post-apocalyptic desert in his bizarre “Psycho” video with Ty Dolla $ign. The clip opens with the rappers lounging in their military vehicle as it barrels through a barren wasteland. Elsewhere, Post Malone brandishes a flamethrower against a rabid, wolf-like creature and chases after an orphaned child. In various night scenes, he and Ty Dolla $ign croon the hook while decked out in fur coats in the snow. Listen

 

Fans who didn’t get enough of Black Panther from the movie (and countless comics) are in luck. Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd have brought viewers an animated version of T’Challa via their “Pray For Me” video. K. Dot and The Weeknd don’t appear in this visual, instead letting the animated Black Panther take center stage. The video also features a few brief clips from the hit film, but it’s nothing that will spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it yet.  Listen

 

“Every time I’ve performed this song I’ve done something different,” Camila Cabello said of her Hot 100-topping smash “Havana,” before performing the song live at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards. “And tonight is gonna be totally different, too.”  Cabello tapped into her inner Marilyn Monroe-via-Madonna with her performance — wearing a pink dress and sleeves, and with top-hatted backing dancers, all undoubtedly inspired by a combination of the former’s iconic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes role and the latter’s classic “Material Girl” music video.  Watch it

 

Since the start of the new year, Iggy Azalea has been feverishly unloading any baggage from her past in hopes of starting anew. First, she shifted from her original home label of Def Jam Recordings over to Island Recordings after watching her sophomore album, Digital Distortion, be stalled for several years. Then, she released her Quavo-assisted single “Savior.”  Listen

 

 

Timberlake took the main stage to the warped sounds of “Filthy” as a matrix of lights beamed through the venue. The introduction was reminiscent of the song’s video, in which Timberlake portrays a Steve Jobs-like figure. The turtleneck and glasses were replaced by the camouflage he and his dancers donned while marching to the other two stages adorned with fake trees. The album’s theme was present throughout the evening, as tall mini-screens displaying aerial forest shots and close-ups of wolves surrounded the second stage. The sound of actual crickets filled the building between “Filthy” and “Midnight Summer Jam” — ASMR for any woodland folk in attendance. Listen

 

South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba wasn’t particularly fond of “Pata Pata,” the international pop hit she released in 1967, and which became to her global audience her signature song. In Mika Kaurismäki’s engaging documentary Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba, the late singer explains, via sourced interview footage, that it’s a lightweight tune with fairly “meaningless” lyrics about doing a dance called the pata pata. It’s, by no means, the song she would have chosen to spend the rest of her life singing.  Listen

 

 

Pop icon Brenda ‘MaBrrr’ Fassie passed away in 2004. MaBrrr may be gone, but her music lives on. She started singing when she was only three, but her music career began when she filled in for a member who was on maternity leave on a band called Joy. After leaving Joy, Fassie formed her own band called Brenda and the Big Dudes. Vulindlela is a celebratory song about a son finally getting married and has become the ultimate wedding anthem. It was voted Song of the Decade at the South African Music Awards on April 26, 2004, a month after her death.  Listen

 

DreamTeam – Sosha (Remix) Ft. Emtee & Reason. Durban musical artists DreamTeam comes through with the remix of their 2017 smash hit titled “Sosha” featuring Ambitiouz hip hop artist Emtee and Reason.  The original mix came in last year just before their album ,and when its about a year the boys decided to give it a Remix. “Sosha Remix is laced with flames and balls of fire and we expect this to take over the social scene this weekend while revelers burn off the week’s stress.

Listen now

 

 

Best friends Nicky Jam and J Balvin joined forces to release “X,” a song that fuses dancehall and reggae, which offers a new Caribbean tint to the urban genre. The song was written by Balvin, who called Nicky to tell him to have the song as next single.

“X” has since become very popular, hitting a new high of No. 71 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, and many fans have started a movement called “X challenge,” which consists of submitting a one-minute video doing the dance step to the superstars.  Listen now

 

Gospel Fans Stand Up — Dr Tumi And Benjamin Dube Are About To Heed All Your Calls!  Renowned gospel music giants Dr Tumisang Makweya and Benjamin Dube have come together to give fans what they’ve been asking for — a collaboration. Dr Tumi, as he’s affectionately known, announced the news on Twitter on Friday morning that, after meeting with Dube, the two had decided to stand on one stage for a worship concert.  Both Makweya and Dube are multiple award-winning artists who have in recent months publicly slammed fake pastors for giving the gospel a bad name. Makweya recently filled the Ticketpro Dome with his Gathering of Worshipers concert.

Listen Dr Tumisang Makweya Listen Benjamin Dube “He keeps on doing”

 

 

Davido last year failed to turn up for three shows where he was scheduled to headline the My Lily concerts along with contemporary musician Jah Prayzah, drawing anger from fans who were keen to watch live the two perform their duet My Lily.  The April 21 gig is dubbed 30 Billion Concert and will be hosted by South African TV personality, model and actress Boitumelo “Boity” Thulo. Davido has already taken the concert around the world. Ginimbi has assured fans that Davido will this time make it adding that ticket sales will commence on the day the superstar jets in. “I can assure the fans that Davido will make it to Zimbabwe this time,” Ginimbi told The Standad style. For sure he has to sing Fall!  Fall  

 

 

Their hit “Love Lies,” from the soundtrack to Love, Simon. The duo were definitely feeling themselves as they strutted around the Fallon stage, which was decked out with a neon-blazed, futuristic set.  Khalid, rising from a white leather chair, moved slowly across the stage dressed all in black with white sneakers, while Normani emerged from the background and danced alongside him in a white blazer and tall black heels harmonizing perfectly on the groovy R&B slow-jam. Helping her peel off the jacket, Khalid then dropped to his knees as Normani writhed on a clear chair center stage before the set faded to black in its final moments. The duo smiled at each other as their shadows were illuminated only by the Tonight Show moon in the background.

Love Lies

 

Towards the end of her graduation exam, Shekhinah Donnell – or simply Shekhinah as the world has come to know the singer-songwriter – stood on stage with a cute smile on her face. She was telling the audience, and the lecturers who were judging her, about one of the last songs she would perform that evening. The song was about a relationship with a supportive boyfriend and as she sweetly gestured to him in the audience, I thought about how brave it was for her to not only bare her soul through the personal songs in a set she had titled In and Out of Character but to also do it in front of people who were there to, quite literally, judge her. Now, seven months later, the song she performed back then, albeit in a stripped-down manner, is the first single from her forthcoming debut album, which will be released in September. The single is called Suited and thanks in some part to the production of Luke Goliath and Mr Midas himself, DJ Maphorisa, it’s an instant hit, “Suited”.  Suited 

 

Osinachi Joseph (Sinach) lays it all in the open in her recent interview with Premier Gospel where she talks everything; from her journey into marriage, faith and ministry. Sharing with Dami Okeke, Sinach brought to light, the inspiration behind her music, her ongoing WayMaker Tour and the passion that has driven her music for the last three decades. The Worship Leader also highlights the power of music in a testimony she shares about a woman, who overcame depression listening to her songs. Here you have some of them! Sinach Best Songs

 

 

Marshmello & Anne-Marie’s “FRIENDS” continues to resonate with US music buyers. The proof? The collaboration just entered the Top 10 on the US iTunes sales chart. “FRIENDS” is #10 on the listing as of press time at 1:10AM ET. Not simply a solid sales performer, “FRIENDS” is also faring well on the radio and streaming fronts. It is #13 on Mediabase’s building pop radio chart. The song is also gaining traction at rhythmic (#30 on the building chart) and hot adult contemporary (#38 on the building chart) radio. It meanwhile occupies Top 30 positions on the US Spotify and all-encompassing Hot 100 charts.

Friends

 

 

When it comes to collaborations, Prince Kaybee seems to have the winning formula. So it came as no surprise that his next collabo would be with Distruction Boyz.  While South Africa has been getting down to Club Controller, Prince Kaybee has been hard at work trying to replicate the success of that song. So, how better to do that ethan with collaborating with SA’s other hottest commodities?

Gqom kings Distruction Boyz and their business partner DJ Tira have allegedly admitted that their blockbuster song Omunye was stolen from DJ Lag. The three parties allegedly reached an agreement after a series of meetings held with copyright lawyer and forensics expert Graeme Gilfillan of Nisa Global Entertainment. Gilfillan was representing DJ Lag, who was the complainant in the matter. The song is just Killing it, and we Love IT!

Omunye

 

 

 

Award-winning producer DJ Cleo has worked with some of the biggest names in South African music in a career that has spanned over a decade and a half.  Since his return, Cleo has sought to reinvent music distribution by releasing some of his music free to fans on Whatsapp. “Piracy has killed sales and retailers are closing down. The future is streaming, but even being number one on iTunes means nothing because you can’t make big money out of it. I think that music in 2020 is a place where sales are non-existent and everyone is sharing music via social media. That is where the music is. That is why we barely get 50 new artists a year. Artists should be embracing these platforms, but it means there is a loss of income to artists and labels,” he said. The producer has been dubbed the ‘beat master’ for his ability to shape popular genres in SA music.

DJ Cleo – Choose to Be Happy Yile Gqom   Bhampa Side to Side

 South African artiste Lebo Sekgobela delighted gospel lovers recently at the My Zimbabwe Gospel concert held at the Large City Hall in the city of Kings. Lebo, Well-known for the hit Lion of Judah, on which she sang in English Sotho and Shona, performed in the City of Kings at a concert organised by Women’s institute for Leadeship Development.

When the celebrated South African artiste took to the stage, gospel fans were overly overwhelmed with joy with many of them screaming and scrambling to shake hands with Lebo. She’s a star! Lebo sang her greatests hits, just the ones you can listen below.

Lion of Judah  Haleluyah Mdumiseni   Theko Ya Lona

 

 

Gospel singer Yolanda Adams has won Grammy Awards, Soul Train Awards, Stellar Awards, Dove Awards and been inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame. In 2016, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service. That dedication to community is why Adams will perform on Saturday at Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium in a 5 p.m. concert called “Celebration of Praise.” Ten albums have followed and she launched a morning radio program, “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show,” in 2007. She’s also written a book and has clothing and makeup lines. Open My heart   I’m Gonna Be Ready

 

We investigate the rise of gqom sounds in Nigerian pop songs from Patoranking, D’banj, Niniola and others. South Africa’s buzzing sound, ‘gqom,’ is taking over Nigerian pop. A subgenre of house, gqom originates from the Zulu dominated neighbourhoods of Durban, the country’s second largest city, and is characterised by its starkness and skeletal framework, believed to reflect the social and living conditions of the townships. Big name proponents include Babes Wodumo, Distruction Boyz, DJ Maphorisa, and DJ Lag, the self-named “Gqom King.” Ever ready to hop on a big wave, an increasing number of Nigerian pop artists are adopting gqom productions, the most prominent examples being “Available” by Patoranking, “Issa Banger” by D’banjand “Leg Work” by Niniola. Others have been “Jacurb Dance” by MC Galaxy and “Craze” by Sololo, Oreziand Mystro.

Common to all is the grafting of Nigerian songwriting sensibilities to the sturdy framework of gqom: a blend potent enough to dictate the bulk of music released in a year, as was the case with “Pon Pon”—the import from Ghana which defined the Nigerian pop soundscape in 2017. Gqom in Zulu translates loosely to “drum,” or the actual sound it makes. It is typically defined by pounding kick drums which makes for a hollow percussive framework filled, variously, with vocal samples, myriad instruments, reverb and synths.

 

 

NIGERIAN gospel singer and songwriter Ada is in the country for a concert today at Blessing Centre Bread of Life Church in Lusaka’s Emmasdale.
Ada will perform alongside Zambian gospel singer Rachael and other upcoming gospel singer at the concert dubbed “Future Now Tour”.
Amets Christian Arts Promotions director David Tembo, who is the organiser of the event, told the Weekend Mail that Ada is already in the country and ready for the concert.
Tembo said concert is meant to create an atmosphere of worship as the singer is a renowned great worship leader.
“This concert is not only for entertainment, it’s a place where people will gather to worship God and thank him for everything he has done,” he said.
Known for the songs like I Testify, Only You Jesus and I Over Came, Ada (born Ada Ogochukwu Ehi) started her musical career at the age of 10 as a backup singer for child star Tosin Jegede.
She graduated from Lagos State University where she studied chemical and polymer engineering. While in school, she joined the Christian gospel group called Believers Love World local campus fellowship.  Listen Jesus
Her gospel singing career continued in the Christ Embassy Presidential Choir, where she was provided with a platform to develop and promote her professional skills.
In 2017, she was listed in YNaija’s list of 100 Influential Christian personalities in Nigeria. In the same year, she also won the Groove Award for West African Artiste of the Year, where she was nominated alongside Frank Edwards, Sinach, Joe Praise and the Preachers.
Since professionally starting her music career under Love World Records in 2009, she has increasingly gained local and international popularity through her songs and music videos which are widely being celebrated in most Christian homes.

 

They did not have to show off like this, but they did so irrespectively – and our eyes are blessed. Fans of DC3 fans have been in for a treat this month as the trio have been pictured together once again following their off-the-wall Coachella reunion.

You know what they say? A squad that slays together, stays together. Kelly Rowland treated fans on Instagram with a series of pictures from the former girl group after a night out in West Hollywood on Tuesday night. However, a warning would have been nice so that we would have been ready for the fire on our timelines.

We previously spotted pictures of them leaving the DundasWorld party but now. on Thursday night, Kelly showed off pics from inside the party of her Beyonce and Michelle Williams. Beyonce showed off her curves, as her former bandmates posed alongside her putting their individual personalities on full display. The question is, which one are you? Saucy Beyonce, quirky Michelle or cool-kid Kelly? Kelly, obviously too cool for long and poetic Instagram posts, simply captioned the pictures with ‘DC3’

 

Listen their last song together Say yes

 

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s memorial service was a celebration and not a mourning. Orlando Stadium in Soweto accommodated thousands of people from far and wide who wanted to pay their respects to the late struggle icon. Swedish-born Maria Malepa was one of the many people who say that Madikizela-Mandela played an important role in shaping the lives of South Africans.

“I live in Soweto; I [moved] here 10 years ago – obviously not knowing lot about the liberation struggle, but I have learnt and seen with my own eyes in the very neighbourhood that I live – she has been part of change for so many people,” she said. There were marquees outside the venue, where vendors were selling ANC merchandise. The most popular item on sale was the doek – a symbol that has been related to the liberation fighter since her death last week Monday. As thousands of people came flocking in, the echo from Orlando Stadium became louder. People sang and danced merrily to gospel music. The first performances were by afro-soul singer Brenda Mtambo and the Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, which kept the crowd on their feet. Listen Amazing Grace

 

As of May 1, Khalid’s “Young Dumb & Broke” was officially certified platinum in the United States. On May 2, the RIAA greatly upgraded that certification. “Young Dumb & Broke” now holds triple-platinum standing in America. The award signifies at least 3 million in US units. Each unit is equal to 1 paid download or 150 streams.

“Young Dumb & Broke” is the second Khalid single to attain multi-platinum status in America. The artist previously first joined the multi-platinum club with “Location.” That song is quadruple-platinum as of this writing. “Young Dumb & Broke” and “Location” appear on Khalid’s “American Teen” album, which is platinum in the US.

Young Dumb & Broke

 

 

 

Uche Favour is a gospel artist based in Reston Virginia United States of America. She have five albums to her credit. She is also a youth leader, song writter and author. Her message is one of salvation and sexual purity. Her song African Praise is one of our favourites!

African Praise