In the penultimate installment of the 2015 FDBQ100, we feature Francois van Coke of Van Coke Kartel fame, budding rapper, Sipho the Gift, bubbling under muso, Alek Blak, and everyone’s favourite DJ, Black Coffee
Who else did we expect to own the year other than Black Coffee? Both his latest album, Pieces of Me, and its infectious #1 smash-hit single – the Nakhane Toure-featured, “We Dance Again” – shot to number and remained comfortable at that peak for weeks. But he wasn’t to be the only jewel in the box of South African music royalty to conquer the iTunes charts. Fokofpolisiekar frontman, Francois van Coke, went out on a limb by starting a solo career – and it worked. His mammoth collaboration with Karen Zoid, “Toe Vind Ek Jou”, made him the first South African act to hit #1 on iTunes in 2015 as well as the first Afrikaans record to do so ever.
In spite of these big fish in South African music’s little pond, some new faces proved that they could hold face and back it up all in one breath. The artist formerly known as Yamkela Mdaka (on the stage that it is – it’s still his name on his ID), returned in 2015 as Alek Blak, stealing hearts with his single, “A New Day”. It went on to scoop him an exclusive interview and live performance on SAfm. From meeting him in 2014, Sipho the Gift delivered on his promise of releasing a debut LP and it single-handedly proved that (local) hip hop is not dead.
So from #1 records, to new artists shaking things up, we look back on the year that was with the artists you placed No. 50 – 26 on the 2015 FDBQ100.
26. Alek Blak
28. Danny K
29. Jimmy Nevis
31. Francois van Coke
34. Moz Kidd
38. Mi Casa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
39. Jullian Gomes, Vinny da Vinci
42. DJ Vigilante
43. Black Coffee
44. Skinny Gibbz
45. Khaya N9
47. Sipho the Gift
48. Thomas Krane
49. Ashlinn Gray
Catch up on numbers 75 – 51 here and check back tomorrow at 1pm for Part 4 of the 2015 FDBQ100 featuring numbers 25 – 1.
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