2021 songs of the year

This was definitely the most contended category of the year for the tjil awards due to the number of hits that came out of Namibia in 2021. This one is for the big boys and girls who have done it at the highest level imaginable.

24 December 2021 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE







WINDHOEK

Open Up – Ethnix Namibia

‘Open Up’ is the duo’s biggest song to date, sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. The catchiness of the song had everyone from Katima Mulilo to Keetmanshoop and every hood in Windhoek chanting the lyrics word for word. ‘Open Up’ ran the game like absentee fathers run from responsibility.

It Ain’t Me (Amapiano Remix) – DJ Abux featuring Soul King and Innocent Boetie

TikTok anthem turned street anthem, no one could have seen the amapiano remix of ‘It Ain’t Me’ coming. Definitely one of the wild cards of 2021, the combination of artists coupled with a distinct DJ Abux sonic injection and the Kygo and Selena Gomez sample completely shakes your eardrum on the first listen. With its own dance challenge on TikTok, there were a lot of wild memories made to ‘It Ain’t Me (Amapiano Remix).’ The audio to this song on YouTube has surpassed a whopping six million views.

Danko – Musketeers featuring Azmo

In 2021, there’s no better example of a street anthem than this one. Before ‘Danko’, Musketeers were mostly known to the public and the industry radar for their feature on Chester Houseprince’s ‘I Know’, gaining momentum in the streets first, then going viral online. With their talent and consistency, the music producers and DJ trio are bound to be the industry’s most booked and sought-after acts in the near future. It’s just a matter of time. Keep those hits coming, gents. Danko!

Nyekeleni Boy – DJ Spuzza featuring Chakie

It’s difficult to beat an infectious melody. Even though it’s filled with lockdrums, it does not take the typical amapiano sonic route and the track’s dual appeal allowed it to reach national crevices that no other song could in 2021. The unofficial video for DJ Spuzza and Chakie’s ‘Nyekeleni Boy’ recorded over 20 000 views on YouTube - in a day. Crazy, right?

Ethanje – TopCheri and Manxebe

Seeing that TopCheri has been a consistent feature on the charts for the past few years, this should not come as too much of a surprise. Authentic, gweri, catchy and bars-heavy all at the same time. TopCheri and Manxebe unleashed a hit with this hypnotising song, ‘Ethanje’. It’s hard to imagine a situation in which these two come together and don’t create something big.

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