1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf

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Life – Semisane

Life – Semisane

Life – Semisane

Ok, without using Google (or any other seach engine other than your grey matter), how many of you can remember who won the very first Big Brother South Africa show? Not having ever watched any of the shows, I felt I was allowed to look it up. Apparently it was Ferdi. Ah yes, I remember now, I hear you say. Now, can you remember who did the theme music? I can give you a clue, it was the track that is this week’s entry on the 1,001 SA Songs List.

Yes, it was Semisane’s ‘Life’ that had the honour of entertaining you as you sat down to your daily dose of voyeurism back in 2001. From my understanding of what went on in the BB house, I do find the first line of the theme tune rather odd – ‘Everybody’s looking for some tenderness’. I would hardly think that the BB house would be the place to find that.

In fact the whole song initially, to me, seemed a little at odds with the whole concept of ‘Big Brother’. It is quite a relaxed tune but with Tikara’s somewhat girlie vocals sidling up to a somewhat haunting tune, there is something uncomfortable about this and I can’t quite put my finger on why this is. Perhaps that’s why the song was right for the show as it got under the skin in a weird sort of way.

‘Life’ spent 3 weeks at the top of the SA Rock Digest charts and was rated the 8th best song of the year by that esteemed publication.

Where to find it:
A Life Less Strange (2nd edition bonus track) – Semisane (2001), BMG, CDCLL(CLF)7047

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