The best Sunday music on any blog today!

Welcome to the first volume of Blog Vibes, and thanks to everyone who sent a song for this feature. I can’t think of any artist who encompasses the values of this blog more than Brenda Fassie does. South African, dynamic, uninhibited, generous, vibrant, honest, easy to love – flaws and all! I hope you’ll have as much fun listening to the music as I had collecting it.

Brenda Fassie – Vulindlela

Brenda Fassie performing at the KORA Awards. – image - nation.co.ke

Brenda Fassie performing at the KORA Awards. – image – nation.co.ke

When it was her turn to sing for the president, MaBrrr made sure Madiba didn’t just sit there clapping along with a smile on his face; girl got him off his chair! When Brenda got on stage, you just wanted to reach out, hold her close to you and make her sing only for you. Here she sings Vulindlela at the KORA Awards in 2001. PLAY SONG

James Brown – It’s a Man’s World – Henrik Schwarz Remix

Another vigorous performance by James Brown. – image - waxpoetics.com

Another vigorous performance by James Brown. – image – waxpoetics.com

I had no idea that James Brown was one of the most sampled artists in history until The Lost and Found shared this track with the blog. The Lost and Found is a music and lifestyle brand that you absolutely have to follow on Facebook and Twitter for all things musical! The guys at The Lost and Found chose this Henrik Schwarz Remix, a soulful, jazzy build-up to a sexy house climax with a touch of rock lingering lazily in the background.  PLAY SONG

Queen Ifrica – Serve and Protect

Queen Ifrica confronts social issues such as child abuse, police brutality and poverty in her music. – image - reverbnation.com

Queen Ifrica confronts social issues such as child abuse, police brutality and poverty in her music. – image – reverbnation.com

Andries Tatane. Kelly Thomas. Mido Macia. Marikana mine workers. Bongani Mkhize. Kwazi Ndlovu. Oscar Grant. Christopher Harris. Rodney King – I just couldn’t leave Queen Ifrica’s ‘Serve and Protect’. PLAY SONG

Rikki Ililonga and Musi-O-Tunya – Dark Sunshine

‘Zamrock’ extraordinaire guitarist Rikki Ililonga and band Musi-O-Tunya fused rock with African rhythms to deliver ‘Dark Sunshine’. - image - last.fm

‘Zamrock’ extraordinaire guitarist Rikki Ililonga and band Musi-O-Tunya fused rock with African rhythms to deliver ‘Dark Sunshine’. – image – last.fm

This song chosen by a jazz loving blog follower was my first experience of ‘Zamrock’, a fusion of traditional sounds from Zambia and its neighbouring countries, and the rock subculture. PLAY SONG

Cast of ‘Sarafina’ – The Lord’s Prayer

The cast of ‘Sarafina’. - image – masterworksbroadway.com

The cast of ‘Sarafina’. – image – masterworksbroadway.com

I bet you also wanted to stop the movie and rewind when you first heard the cast of Sarafina do their take of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. You will recognize more than a handful of familiar, though much younger, faces in this music video. PLAY SONG

The Lost Boyz – Me and My Crazy World

The Lost Boyz also had their time to shine on the music scene. – image - allmusic.com

The Lost Boyz also had their time to shine on the music scene. – image – allmusic.com

The Lost Boyz found their way into many hearts with ‘Me and My Crazy World’. After all, who can’t relate to a love triangle? Quite a few of you asked for it and here it drops. PLAY SONG

Judge Dread – Donkey Dick

The powers that be thought that Judge Dread was way too raunchy for public consumption. - image – music.yahoo.com

The powers that be thought that Judge Dread was way too raunchy for public consumption. – image – music.yahoo.com

I laughed long and hard when I listened to the music of Judge Dread, the first white musician to top the charts in Jamaica. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes him as having the most banned songs ever with 11 of his songs deemed unsuitable for public consumption. This track, Donkey Dick, should tell you why… PLAY SONG

Amy Winehouse – Valerie

You have to hear Amy Winehouse unleash her vocal power to fully appreciate how amazing she was. Words can’t describe her talent adequately. – image - fanpop.com

You have to hear Amy Winehouse unleash her vocal power to fully appreciate how amazing she was. Words can’t describe her talent adequately. – image – fanpop.com

Mpondwa Ndamase, an employee at Microsoft, told me this blog post would be pointless without the video clip of Amy Winehouse singing ‘Valerie’ during a recording session in studio. PLAY SONG

Phuzekhemisi no Khethani – Imbizo

The surviving half of the maskandi duo of brothers, Phuzekhemisi no Khethani, is Zibokwakhe Mnyandu known as Phuzekhemisi. – image – commartists.co.za

The surviving half of the maskandi duo of brothers, Phuzekhemisi no Khethani, is Zibokwakhe Mnyandu known as Phuzekhemisi. – image – commartists.co.za

‘Imbizo’ breezed past all the tribal and social stereotypes and had everybody singing along to this Phuzekhemisi hit. Phuzekhemisi, real name Zibokwakhe Mnyandu, is a traditionalist who draws from his life experiences to satisfy his eager fans with hard-hitting lyrics and indigenous ‘maskandi’ rhythms.  His music was also been banned by the apartheid government. PLAY SONG

Don Maclean – The Day the Music Died – American Pie

A lot of music did indeed die along Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson in the plane crash on 3 February 1959. – image - last.fm

A lot of music did indeed die along Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson in the plane crash on 3 February 1959. – image – last.fm

La la la la la la la la Bamba! And we all became clueless after the chorus but kept going anyway. This Ritchie Valens rock classic makes you want to dance. Ritchie Valens, J. P. Richardson and Buddy Holly all died when the plane they were travelling in crashed on 3 February 1959. The deaths of three rock ‘n roll icons on one day in one crash inspired the Don MacLean song ‘American Pie’.  PLAY SONG

Tamela Mann – Father Can You Hear Me

Tamela Mann has been married to David, also an actor on Tyler Perry movies, for 25 years. They play father and daughter in one movie. – image - newreleasetuesday.com

Tamela Mann has been married to David, also an actor on Tyler Perry movies, for 25 years. They play father and daughter in one movie. – image – newreleasetuesday.com

Say what you want about Typer Perry movies but you can’t fault the dude on his music selection. ‘Father Can You Hear Me’ makes such a strong impact in the movie Diary of a Mad Black Woman. PLAY SONG

We absolutely have to do this again soon. I hope you enjoyed the first ever Blog Vibes session.