So it’s that time of the year again, where everyone is lovesick or love-struck – which ever is rocking your boat.
- Formation – Beyonce
Don’t judge me, ofcourse I had to put Queen Bey at number one with her new killer tune formation. If you haven’t heard it yet or it’s not on your playlists repeat yet, why you still sleeping on yourself? Major Key, unlock and put yourself on. The song celebrates the unapologetic embracing of oneself and the power one possesses when making a name, livelihood, and legacy that can’t ever be ignored – a powerful fiery black power anthem and call to arms. We love and are here for all this Black Celebration Feelz. “I dream it, I work hard, I grind ’til I own it,” she says. “Get what’s mine (take what’s mine), I’m a star (I’m a star).”
2. Feeling Myself – Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé
Who isn’t feeling themselves – with so much Black Girl Magic Greatness swirling around, you can’t help but feel yourself too. siPowerful futhi sibahle mantobazane. Producer Hit-Boy seduces us with one of his most hypnotic beat – making the whole production seductive, smooth, sharp (all at the same dayum time). The lyrics are raw, just make you feel Bad. We see the different personas of Nicki, first there’s tough Nicki delivering masturbation puns and a virtuosic indictment – then Nicki boasts about sexual prowess while still flexing on her rivals: “Bitches ain’t got punchlines or flow/ I have both, and an empire, also.” #SlayMama – Here’s to a great 2016 and continuing to being our OWN BIGGEST FANS!!
3. Closer – Goapele
The feel good tune, which speaks about pursuing your dreams stays being a classic anthem for life. A reminder that aint no slayage without vision and hard work. 2016 Habashwe.
4. I Am Not My Hair – India Arie
In a day and age where Black womxn still need to explain and defend their hair choices, I Am Not My Hair is the perfect anthem for all those ***** who feel entitled to some opinion with what I do with MY HAIR – It’s not any of your Dayum business. And yes this goes to the fellow sistas who judge other sistas on how their crown’s look. Arie stated that, “the song is about dogmatic self-definition and not allowing anyone to define you based on their parameters.” YAAS – tell’em Gal.
5. No One – Alicia Keys
No one can deny, that when this song released they were all singing along to every word and getting down to this jam. This song is a simplistic yet beautiful, piano-tinkling ballad, with some reggae type feelz. Miss Keys sings about the love she is feelin and getting…; all haters are powerless against it.
6. Golden – Jill Scott
This banger always has me feeling good and makes me wanna shake what my mama gave me on a table top . For me this jam is about letting myself go and revelling in my own greatness – singing along “I’m holding on to my freedom, Can’t take it from me, I was born into it, It comes naturally, I’m strumming my own freedom, Playing the god in me, Representing his glory, Hope he’s proud of me”. No one can steal your joy or happiness. SHINE GAL, SHINE!
7. Feel Good – Lira
Just like the title of the song. This jam will definitely make you feel good and lift the mood anytime, anywhere. Lira talks about just enjoying life and I cannot agree more with the song’s mantra – Life’s too good and so much to enjoy, you might as well bask in the positive ambiance of impilo.
8. Loliwe – Zahara
As cliché as this may be, Life is what you make it. Singer Zahara uses the song as a metaphor about rising above life’s challenges and just picking yourself up, despite your circumstance and past. I particularly dig this sog on a Sunday or Monday – something to motivate me for the coming week.