So a lot of bloggers tend to do a monthly favourites blog, I have many favourites but decided to do my monthly blog a little differently, in hopes to let you know a little about who I am and even expose you amazing people to some things that I think are pretty rad. Basically, each month I’ll try to explore a different category, from really great books to make-up and fashion…
So welcome to my first monthly favourite, and for June I have decided to compile a list of a few of my favourite South African bands/artists at the moment. Now, this list is in no way a definitive list or ranking of all South African artist. Its also only a few of my favourite, or this blog would be way too long.
So without further ado…
1. Gangs of Ballet
I first heard this four piece band from Durban in 2013, their music had been out for a while, I was just late to the party. I was drawn in by their song “Breaking the Silence” (https://soundcloud.com/gangsofballet/breaking-the-silence-1) and blown away by “This Love” and “Hello Sweet World”. In 2014 they released their debut album, “Yes/No/Grey”, which is nothing short of brilliant. They are now a three piece band, since the departure of their bassist and have racked up a few awards and even more nominations. But that’s enough from me, I’ll let their music do the rest.
I’d always seen or heard of Monark, but never really paid attention until Youtube autoplayed one of their videos and boy was I thankful for that, I heard “Build it Up” and made sure to give all their other singles a listen, I ended up buying their album that same day. This four piece band broke out in 2013, released their album “Negatives” in 2014 and yes, I only really started listening to them this year, but better late than never right?
You can check out their new music video for their song “Hush” here : (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LToLV6yJS7w)
And their website here: (http://monark.us)
I have spoken about Yorke before on my blog so you guys know how much I love them, they put out a lyric video the other day for their song “Forest Fire” of their upcoming album, you can watch it here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfcAjEMIKZw). Let’s not forget that in May they played at The Great Escape Music Fest in Brighton, I can’t wait to see what this band has in store for us.
This man’s voice is simply amazing, soothing and beautiful. His music evokes such good vibes. No description will do any justice so I’ll just let you listen to him.
The River: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ALsxjZvWQs)
5. Al Bairre
So basically I’ve just been loving this song from Al Bairre, “Bungalow”. Its so fun to listen to.
Well thats all for now, I hope you enjoy listening to these songs as much as I did, there are many more bands I’d love to speak about but another post hey…
Keep a look out for my July Favourites, Young Adult Fiction Edition.