As is per tradition here on MzansiReggae, we like to be bold and set out some predictions for the year ahead as we did last year. We were not quite off the mark, so we venture again into guessing what 2015 has in store for us. This is no endorsement of any artist, but simply a guess judging from performances, news and releases from last year. We might be far off the mark, we might be spot on, it could go either way and hopefully the artists not listed here will prove us wrong.
So here goes it.
Top Ten Artists to look out for in 2015
This might not be the year that he explodes, but definitely the year of discovery. The yute from Pretoria has got a voice. Its hard to reconcile the face with the voice. There are some traces of The Marley’s and Colbert Mukhwevo influences. He must try to link up with Ghetto Youth International, they might favour him because of his voice. There is some real talent waiting to blow up. With the right management and production team to steer him in the right direction, Kosha will soon become a household name.
9. Ghetto Queen
From the Fokus Empire Records stable in Cape Town, comes the Ghetto Queen. What a powerful and booming voice she has. She got featured on the Conscious youth riddim with the likes of Daddy Spencer and Jesse Dan. Our very own Queen Omega? Maybe? We hope to hear more of this voice in 2015, and maybe a release of a single or two.
8. Bubbley T
She walked away with the upcoming artist of the year award last year. This year will be the year in which she silences her nay Sayers by proving that she deserved the title, as there is so much talent and a beautiful voice bubbling inside.
The yute from Welkom kicked off the year as the special guest at the inaugural Free Wurl Boss Saturdays. He was nominated for the Upcoming Artist of the year 2014. He had a decent performance at Catch a Fire Concert and is already prepping up to release his Dub Step Album. 2015 promises to be a good year for the yute.
The last strands of the year saw Mandela captivating and mesmerising audiences with his live performances at Catch a Fire, DRM Arwards and Soweto Arts and Craft Fair. Anyone who has seen him live can attest to his talent and showmanship. Hopefully this year will see him entering a studio and releasing an EP. We will definitely be hearing from this yah man in 2015.
He closed the year with a massive lovers tune combo with Asian Black. Ting called Ndinokuda. He had another collabo with Miss Independent on a track called Jah lead the way. The man has a commanding voice that seem to flow nicely in collabos with the ladies. We hope to hear more from the Natty NattyFlame Order Recording Artist in 2015.
The very young and talented Miss Independent was featured on Mzansi Reggae Sistas Vol 1. Collaborated with Flames order from Natty Natty Records, released a few singles. Although she has been very quite ever since, we believe that 2015 will see her unleashing her talents for all to see.
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2. Miz Dee
She made it on our last year’s list as an artist to watch out for. We love it when she jams to slow conscious reggae riddims as it allows her to display her vocal range. This year is set to see her graduating from the up & coming artist ranks. She has paid her dues.
1. Asian Black
The Cape Town based songstress has kept very busy in 2014 laying the foundation for what is to come. She has been featured on a few riddims, most times being the only female representing, and she done closed the year with a massive collaboration with Fire Flames on a lovers track, and has performed at live gigs opening up for other artists. It would be really nice if she were to release an EP or Mixtape in 2015. The Dancehall scene needs some female fire.