As we edge closer to the end of the year towards the blissful festive season, QuenchSA‘s hottest songs list will start reflecting the songs that will likely be carrying us into 2020.
This week, Kwesta thrilled fans with a surprise release featuring American rapper, Rich Homie Quan.
Run It Up premiered on Friday with visuals which found Rich Homie Quan immerse himself with the rich texture of the South African township culture.
MFR Souls unleashed their first full body of work, which has already spawned a song every dance-floor needs for an amplified frenzy.
Cassper Nyovest released a music video with Frank Casino for Who Got The Block, a single from his 2018 album, Short and Sweet.
Here’s the list of 10 South African Songs you should be vibing to!
- MFR SOULS FEAT. SHA SHA & KABZA DE SMALL – LOVE YOU TONIGHT
There’s no shred of doubt that Amapiano have completely disrupted the South African music landscape! The producers for Amapiano banged out anthems faster than any of the established artists could.
A triumphant successor to the now flatlining Gqom era, which saw our authentic sound and street dance culture make waves internationally, this dance genre and its subculture delivered a slew of new artists, a chunk who have dominated local music charts for the better part of the year.
At the genesis of Amapiano is production duo MFR Souls, who have been engineering amapiano numbers long before the mainstream culture caught on. That list of originators includes the JazziDisciples and Kabza De Small, to name but a few. This year, these names got their turn in the zeitgeist.
Love You Tonight, the first single from Mfr Souls’new released nine-track EP, The Beginning, is being touted as a strong contender for the song of the year title. Featuring the enchanting vocals of Sha Sha, arguably the industry’s best performing new female artist, the song is hella catchy.
- KWESTA FEATURING RICH HOMIE QUAN – RUN IT UP
Every year, Kwesta has made it tradition to surprise fans with a big hit. And on Friday, the rapper took things up a notch when he liberated a new song, along with a music video, for Run It Up.
The song, in which he hooks up with an American muso for the first time since causing a stir by hosting Rick Ross in the township, finds Kwesta collaborating for the first time with the Atlanta native.
And unlike some of his peers, who often bolster such high powered masterstrokes with explosive reveals, Kwesta kept this feature under wraps until just days releasing to its premiere.
The visuals for the joint garnered high praises from fans for its authentic highlight of South African life both in the city and in the township. With this move, the Diamond selling rapper takes another aim at using his platform to present and elevate the township to the world’s imagination.
Kwesta hasn’t rapped this much in a lead single since skyrocketing through the commercial success of Ngud.
Here he delivers a smooth flow of lush verses over a laid back beat as Rich Homie Quan hovers a simmering vocal over the rich 808, giving the song an international urban finish.
JAZZIDISCPLES FEAT. MPURA & BARITONE HLOKZA – ILANGA
JazziDisciples make expensive music.
As one of the originators who championed the Amapiano genre, we expected them to scale up and drop a big one, and Ilanga is a smashing entry.
The song, which richly showcases the luxurious side of Amapiano, is a perfect display of how pianos are in fact at the centre of the country’s most popular sound currently. They play with it differently.
The duo, who have been announced as part of the AFROPUNK Joburg 2019 line-up, are known for their delightful sets, as well as keeping a rather low profile while constantly liberating respectable dance works that have continued to please lovers of Deep House music fans, as well as the Amapiano subculture.
BUCIE FEATURING KWESTA – THANDO LWETHU
We’d thought Bucie’s departure from the music scene will definitely leave a huge ice block.
It did, following the release of her last official album Rebirth in 2018. Fortunately for us all, the ‘Princess of House Music’ treated fans to a beautiful collaboration with Kwesta in February this year.
The love song recently got its music video, tossing it back at the forefront of the scene to peak its slow rise.
If all Bucie ever wanted was to write and sing beautiful songs that connect her with her audience at a deeper level, without all the trappings of fame, this song proves she might be mastering that.
Thando Lwethu celebrates the longevity of love that stands the test of time, outlasting the pessimistic outlook of detractors and pacing past the challenges of life to emerge as victorious love. It’s an ode.
SHA SHA FEATURING DJ MAPHORISA & KABZA DE SMALL – TENDER LOVE
At this point, these three can certainly announce they’ve decided to establish an official music group and no one would complain. Throw in Samthing Soweto, and we have the working formula!
After all, their collective catalogue of recent drops accounts for quite a number of the highest charting Top 20 songs on iTunes and Spotify, as well as on the radio.
The Zim born Sha Sha is the freshest of all these voices, and hers is a beautiful one! This being her breakout hit single in which she is the main attraction, Tender Love is a beautiful introduction of good things to come from the singer.
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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.
When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.
A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.
The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.
This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.
Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.
Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.
After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.
Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.
In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.
After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.
Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.
Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.
Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.
In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?
Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.
We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.
What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.
We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.
Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.
First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe, the world ready to let old baggage go.
The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.
While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.
When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.
With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.
It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.
We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.