Jedi 4.0: Happy Playlist

Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together – Anais Nin

It’s been 40 years since I was born. I am suprised and also very happy to be here. 

Also, I have been at a loss as to how to celebrate this milestone, considering. So I thought I’d share a playlist with 40+ Happy, Dance like no one is watching, songs. Some are ballads and personal favourites I’ve returned to over and over again which gave me strength and inspiration. These are songs I’ve loved and played repeatedly (forgive me fam) for days, weeks even months, some even years. They make me dance and think of all the good that music has brought to my life. A song for every emotion and circumstance. Some I’ve included because they were so pupular they became part of the soundtrack of my life and shared experiences and so also became favourites. Respect to all the artists, musicians, singers, composers, writers, mixers, masters, choreographers, sound engineers, light and stage designers, riggers, agents, record labels, publicists, dancers, journalists and music lovers around the world who made the past 40 years of my life enjoyable, fun, inspirational and even bearable. Naturally I was spoiled for choice and only included Happy-Dance songs I personally played (heard) often. Asante, Siyabulela, Enkosi, re a leboga Kudu Kudu. If you ever miss me from wherever you are in world, you can play your favourite track on this list and imagine us dancing together. Best Believe I’ll be dancing like no one is watching, foh sure! One Love! Ka’iso, Salaam, Shalom.

My Favourite Happy tracks over the years starting from:

1981 –  This Love, Track 04 Glodene and Barry White

1982 –  Wanna Be Starting Something, Michael Jackson; I’m so Excited, Pointer Sisters

1983 –  Holiday, Madonna; Umqomboti, Yvonne Chaka Chaka; Jump, Pointer Sisters

1984 – All Night, Lionel Richie; Ayashisa Amateki, Mercy Phakela

1985 – Special Star, Mango Groove ; We can Dance, Chicco Twala

1986 – Ag Shame Lovey, Brenda Fassie; Dare Me, Pointer Sister

1987 –Kazet Gazette, Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens ; Burn Out, Sipho Mabuse

1988 – Dancing on the ceiling – Lionel Richie; Orlando Hangover, Monwa & Sun

1989 – Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston: Rhythm Nation, Janet Jackson

1990 – Welala, Mariam Makeba; It’s Lambada, the forbidden dance

1991 – My love, Julio Iglesias, Stevie Wonder; Ndiphendule, Caiphus Semenya & Leta Mbulu

1992 – A whole New World,  Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson, Our Father, Sarafina

1993 – Peace in Our Land – Chicco and Various Musicians, Macerana, Los del Rio (Bayside Boys Remix)

1994 – It’s about Time – Boom Shaka: Agolo, Angelique Kijdo

1995 – Different Colours One people, Lucky Dube; Wanna Be, Spice Girls

1996 – Love to Love you, Canoly Brothers

1997 –  Stomp, Kirk Franklin, Barbie Girl, Aqua; Vulindlela, Brenda Fassie

1998 – Shibobo, TKZEE; I just called to say I love you, Stevie Wonder

1999 – As long as you love me, Backstreet Boys, Todii, Oliver Mtukudzi

2000 – As, George Michael, Ft Mary J Blige; Tanayi, Hugh Masekela (ft Thandiswa Mazwaai); Try Again, Aaliyah

2001 – Ready For Love, India Arie; Nkalakatha, Mandoza; Rock My World, Michael Jackson

2002 – Can I walk with you, India Arie; Indepedent Woman, Destiny’s child

2003 – Heaven, DJ Sammy; Emlanjeni, Mafikizolo; Hey Ya!, Outkast

2004 – Thathi’s Gubu, Bongo Maffin; Ndiredi, Simphiwe Dana; The Way Kungakhona, Bongo Maffin;  Do Bee Do, Freshly Ground

2005 –  The weekend, Michael Gray; How do you Feel, TK (ft Twistyle), Where is the Love, Black Eyed Peas

2006 – Sweety My Baby, Bricks; Midnight – 340mil, Feel Good, Lira

2007 – Number One, Gang of Instrumentals; Ndihamba Nawe, Mafikizolo;

2008 – Africa, Salif Keita, Inkosazana Intombi yase Bukhosini, Dj Euphonic: Familiar Feeling, Moloko

2009 – Can you feel it, The Jacksons, Empire State of Mind, Alicial Keys, J-Z

2010 – Just Us, Two Tons of Fun;  Waka Waka, Shakira, Ndim Nawe, Simphiwe Dana

2011 – Beautiful People, Chris Brown, Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO Ft Lauren Benette, GoonRock

2012 – Diamond, Rihana,  Foreigner, Ragga Remix – Tessana Chin/Mariah Carey,

2013 – Chop My Money,  P-Square Ft Aikon; Lovely Day, Bill Withers

2014 – Happy, Farell Williams; Probably for Lovers, Just A Band

2015 – Love on Top, Beyonce; Isukuti Love, Mayonde

2016 – Kids, One Republik; Mthande, Musa; Ngud’, Kwesta (ft Caspter Nyovest)

2017 – Akanamali, Sun el( Ft, Sumthin Soweto);Despacito, Louis Fonci ft Daddy Yankee; Collide, Lady Zamar, 

2018 – African Beauty,  Diamond Platinumz,ft ORION, Baby Love, Otile Brown

2019 – Sonini, Sun El (ft Sammy & Lelo Kamau); Find your way back, Beyonce; Kokota Piano, KayGee, Daking X Bizizi; Ndibuyile, Bongeziwe Mabandla; Guondo Sakit, John Frog

2020 – Your Love, Azana;  We got love, Teyana Tylor (ft Ms Lauryn Hill)

2021 – Indlovu, DJ Zinhle  ft Loyiso;  Africa, Yemi Alade (ft Souti Soul)

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