Mini-Feature – Local Hits

2nd December 2020

I don’t often do a feature on Top 40 songs, but it seems that the lockdown has been inspirational to many of our South African musicians, which has resulted in some really good songs receiving well-deserved airplay at the moment. I know that many of our local followers will have heard these tracks, but today is for all the ex-Pats out there who are craving some sounds from home.

Matthew Mole and Francois van Coke – A collaboration at last! (Image – thehouseofpop.co.za)

To start with I am sharing a collaboration between two SAMA winners, Matthew Mole and Francois van Coke, and their beautiful heart-string tugger, ‘Fall’. The two talents first tried to write a song together in 2017 but, with hectic touring schedules, it was never completed. That was rectified during the lockdown and the two recorded a cover of Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and today’s starting song, ‘Fall’, from their respective home studios. The single was released in August and as of this week has risen to No 14 on the MixFm Top 40.

This video was filmed during a livestream that Francios hosted recently, Francois van Coke & Vriende, where the two introduced the song to the world.

Number two on my list of local Top 40 songs that are rocking the country at the moment has to go to Jeremy Loops. I think that his brilliant song ‘Til’ I Found You’ released three weeks ago is well on its way to becoming the #1 song in the country this holiday season. And the video that goes along with it is SO Cape Town that it makes me want to head to my favourite city.

Jeremy Loops is one of our biggest musical exports at the moment and it is no wonder. His distinctive sound has global appeal, and that seems to inspire hit after hit from this dynamo. Earlier this year saw his mega-hit ‘Mortal Man’ take the country by storm, and in-between he launched a food-security organization that has already raised over one million rands.

Our local hero had some pretty big names as co-writers and producers. Jake Gosling and Tobias Kuhn who have worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran, The Libertines, Shawn Mendes, Jack Johnson… the list is impressive. Here’s what Jeremy had to say about the new song, “‘Til I Found You’ is about the search. For a person, for a feeling, the search for yourself, even. So there are big themes of love and connection here, but it’s really about fulfilment”. What better sentiment for a holiday song? Up 5 places and sitting at #20 this week, here’s ‘Til I Found You’.

Desmond and the Tutus has amassed an army of fans during their career and in just a few days, the 4th of December to be exact, they are releasing their new album, DESMOND. The Pretoria boys Shane Durrant (vocals), Craig Durrant (drums), Douglas Bower (guitar) and Nicholas Dinnie (bass), with their blend of Indie Rock and Kwela Pop, have been rocking the country for 15+ years.

When it comes to clever, COVID-driven, low-budget marketing ideas, the band have proven equally as talented. There are only two ways to listen to the full album before the official release date. You could head to their recently re-launched online merchandise shop, Des-Mart! You can order a band member to harass you via Whatsapp voice messages for a whole day, or a picture one of the band drew especially for you. There are other items as well, but I thought those options pretty clever. Each purchase comes with a free MP3 download of the full album.

The other option is to head to where the only copy of the album resides in a wooden box. You can find it at the eatery, Razor Charlie located at 6 Desmond Street in Kramerville in Johannesburg. Take your headphones along and plug them into ‘the box’ to take a sneak listen. The video for their first single release from the DESMOND album is ‘Hard Work’ and shows how creative you can be when working on a COVID-linked budget. It may have been shot in a parking garage on a camera phone, but it works perfectly in relation to the song.

Thanks for joining me for a look at some of our chart-worthy local tracks today. To close here’s Desmond and the Tutus with the song that has jumped to the  #10 slot on the Mix Fm Top 40 this week, ‘Hard Work’.


The Loving the Music mini-features are written and compiled by me to support Loving the Music Facebook page and group. Join the community for regular themed three-part posts that do do more than just share a song.

The Author owns no copyright on the images or videos in this article. All images and links sourced from YouTube and Google and within the public domain.

Words © Andrew Knapp 2020

Published by Loving the Music

I am a music-lover who has been fortunate enough to live through six-decades of ever-changing musical styles and genres. Loving the Music is my eclectic collection of regular music-related mini-features and whatever else tickles my musical fancy. You can also find me on the Loving the Music Facebook group and page. Happy listening - Andrew Knapp

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