We all knew that summer 2020 would look different than what we’ve been used to. We are in the midst of a raging pandemic, after all! But it has happened, good people. We are finally at the finish line, with December 2020 officially here.
We legit did not think we would make it through this dumpster fire of a year (Thanks, covid-19!). But hey, now here we are. And we’re ready to grab summer by the horns and let loose, baby!
Now see, I do not know about the rest of you exhausted worker bees, but the beach, streets and groove are calling my name for some much-deserved R&R. Obviously, I will be embarking on these summer adventures armed with my trusted mask and sanitiser while observing social distancing protocols.
We still have a few weeks to go before we officially clock out of our respective roles in the industry though, but no worries. To celebrate the return of our favourite season, we have scoured the vibrant fields of Spotify for some of the hottest bops guaranteed to let the good times roll.
At Food For Mzansi, we hope these summer jams will have you dancing at your desk or on the farmlands as we gear up to wrap up the peculiar year that was.
“Press play”, in the soulful words of the icon Jennifer Lopez, and twerk or pouncing (cat) your way toward the finish line! Your summer playlist awaits, beloved folks of Mzansi nation:
1. Location – Dave (feat Burna Boy)
Burna is surely the king of summer. I mean there was the epic jam Ye and this season he joins British rapper Dave for this bopper that gives us all the feels. LOCATION? Sent. Let’s vibe.
2. Bhuti – Ms. Cosmo (feat Boity, Moonchild Sanelly)
Our local queen of vibes Ms. Cosmo killed it. She is right re batla chelete (we want money) and the good times akere. This is definitely the “City Girls” anthem for the season.
3. Rockstar – DaBaby (feat Roddy Rich)
No playlist is complete without DaBaby. The US rapper even bagged a Grammy nomination for this jam.
4. Essence – Wizkid (feat Tems)
Is it even possible for Wizkid to be absent from any summer jam playlist?
The galactic star is synonymous for vibes mos.
He returns with his very ode to his home country of Nigeria with Made in Lagos, and when we say each and every track is the one, we are not joking. We had to make a choice and Essence made us feel like we’re enjoying a night out in Lagos the most.
5. Reece Madlisa & Zuma – Sithi Sithi
No ways you thought we’d miss the yanos right? We are pouncing our way to monate with this banger by Reece Madlisa, Zuma and the Jazzidisciples.
6. Tribute to AmaGrootman – Oskido
Oskido came out of hibernation, guys! We have missed you grootman and as usual you did not disappoint.
7. Sixth Sense – Una Rams (feat Shekinah, C-Tea)
Soulful honey on the ear canals is the only way to describe this song. Honestly, Limpopo-born Una Rams features Shekinah and they just do the most with this track. We imagine chilled vibes with your lover on the road with this one.
8. Dinaledi – Major League (feat Mpho Sebina, Abidoza)
Major League is slowly taking the throne as the king of vibes and we cannot get enough. We are letting loose with Mpho Sebina’s lustrous vocals to take us there. We don’t know where there though, but we are there man. Re kwa (we are there).
9. Emathandweni – Dj Zandimaz (feat Nokwazi)
The unspoken braai bop in our opinion. Please man, people will honestly shaya ama get down when this jam is playing in the background. We know we do.
10. Amanikiniki – MFR Souls (feat Major League, Kamo Mphela, Bontle Smith)
The biggest contender for the song of the year. Let’s not lie to ourselves. Chart topper by the MFR Souls, Major League, Kamo Mphele, and Bontle Smith vibe makers of note!