‘Die Heelal’ is Janie’s latest foray into Afrikaans language alternative pop.
It`s been an exciting year for the popular, chart-topping singer-songwriter Janie Bay. Her brand new single “Die Heelal” featuring Afrikaans rapper Early B is now available to stream or download. ‘a Deep song on a bed of beats” is how Janie Bay describes this new upbeat track. This is Bay`s second Afrikaans single release with Warner Music South Africa in 2019.
Janie Bay co-wrote “Die Heelal” with Hunter Kennedy. In how the collaboration with Early B came about, Bay says: “In my opinion, Early B is currently one of the most refreshing and important voices in alternative music. His songs are incredibly witty and smart and I am stoked that he agreed to work with me on this track.”
Listen to ‘ Die Heelal’ below
Both artists recorded their parts in separate studios. Bay explains: “We just clicked. I shared my lyrics and the melody with Early and he then wrote and recorded his addition to the song. Feedback has been incredible so far. I am very proud of what we have created here.”
“I feel honored that Janie asked me to work with her” says Early B. “I am a fan of her music. Our songs will one day outlive us and I am super proud to be part of this particular track. I am “vrek excited”!”
Janie Bay `s debut Afrikaans solo single “Amper Daar” was released in May and reached the number 1 positions on the Jacaranda FM SA Top 20,Groot FM, Maroela Media and Joox charts.
Furthermore, her music career has had many highlights in the past few years. She signed a record deal with Warner Music South Africa in 2016 and her album “Miscellany”(2017) was nominated for a SAMA. The song “Can`t be the One” from this album won a Gold Award for “Best Music in a Video” at the Queen Palm International Film Festival in Palm Springs, California in 2018.
Videos of collaborations between Janie and several well-known South African artists including Jack Parow, Hunter Kennedy, Bouwer Bosch and Jan Bloukaas have collectively been viewed more than 600 000 times on Youtube.
Janie Bay recently played for big audiences at Parklife in Johannesburg and Rocking Potch. More than 8 000 people attended Rocking Potch
Janie`s music can also be heard in the local movies “Mooirivier” and “Vir Altyd”. She also recorded her own version of “You are my Sunshine” for the movie “Stroomop.”
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