Best EPs of 2021

24 December 2021 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE



WINDHOEK

Released between 1 January and 1 December 2021, these are the highest rated EPs of the year, ranked by the tjil panel. If you don’t know, get acquainted.

Nkeralina Deluxe EP – M.I.G

As a holistic body of work, M.I.G’s ‘Nkeralina’ stands out for many reasons. The impressive arsenal of the instrumentation - partly produced by themselves, versatility, miscellaneous flows, delivery, varied subject matter way beyond the spectrum of men under 30 and love songs in abundance all come together to create what is quite frankly a Namibian modern-day classic. This EP boasts hit singles like ‘Keep My Soul’, ‘Tingolo’ and ‘Tjova’ featuring Skrypt and DJ KBoz.

Road To Messiah EP – Gazza

Namibia Annual Music Awards artist of the decade, Gazza released the much-anticipated ‘Road To Messiah EP’ in April this year as a preview to the album ‘Messiah’, which followed later in the year. The 25-minute project features six songs with a feature by Gazza Music Production signee and frequent collaborator Jeiyo.

Relics of The Sun – Diolini

This project is unlike anything else that was released this year. Packed with four songs, the EP demonstrates that Diolini has the potential to have the majority of music consumers focused on her. On this EP, she delivered beautiful music that gives the impression that she is bound to get noticed one way or another. ‘Relics of The Sun’ fully represents her aura and vibe, and the artwork says it all.

Taboo – SkArii and Elia Da Vincii

On the opposite side of the spectrum, ‘Taboo’ is the mascot for innovation and out-of-the-box thinking. Both production-wise as well as in terms of lyrical content, SkArii as producer and Elia Da Vincii as the vocalist challenged listeners’ definition of what is hip-hop. Don’t get caught up in trying to identify the obviously heavy African rhythm influences. At its most stripped-down form, SkArii and Elia Da Vincii delivered a solid love-themed project with hidden lyrical gems. The project also features Marven South Gate on two songs: ‘April Pineapple’ and ‘Until October’. The EP was released on Valentine’s Day on all major streaming platforms.

Self-Titled – Slickartie

When Slickartie opens his mouth in studio or on stage, even on his worst day, you can always bank on one thing: amazing vocals. But he took it even further with his 2021 project. The subject matter of this EP was one of the elements which made masses relate to it and ultimately made it a stand out.

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