As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time for our Top 20 tunes of the year. This year more than others we feel that there is a growing scene with various radio shows, labels and DJ’s playing more and more of the music we love. There has been a lot more attention payed towards Africa, Soca finally getting more shine and Dancehall moving more and more into the mainstream. There may have not been a big crossover song but instead there has been many a song which has caught the imagination of the public. We have certainly seen a shift in our raves where people are demanding we play stuff that a few years ago they would have looked a bit lost at. Let’s hope that this momentum continues with more and more exposure to the World Carnival sound. This list has been based on the tunes that we have been playing out at our numerous raves, listening to at HDD Headquarters and generally being the best ones out this year.
This mixtape by Nigeria Afro-pop star Victoria Kimani might be my favourite mixtape of the year. Granted Victoria is not going to blow you away with her vocal prowess but what we have here is an excellent combination of great music selection and Victoria changing up her style. On this tape you can find Freaks( see above), Body Party and Lengoma all on the same tape. Also there is some Bob Sinclair lyrics, Banky W, Lynxx and more.
You can download the mixtape here.
In the next couple of weeks we will be all posting the video of Vicious’ jam Freaks as French Montana (Africa’s number one rapper) and America’s sweetheart Nicki Minaj have teamed for a new song with Freaks as the sample. I thought it would be a good time to check up on another child dancehall star, this time QQ of the infamous Stukie (not this Stooki). He has a new track dedicated to the Ghetto Gyals and it’s pretty good.