"Jika" (Zulu: "twist") is a song by South African house band Mi Casa. It was released as the lead single from their second studio album, Su Casa (2013). The song was the most played song for 12 straight weeks on several radio stations in South Africa, including Metro FM, 5FM, YFM, Ukhozi FM, Highveld Studio, and Gagasi 99.5 FM.[2] It peaked at number 1 on BBC Radio 1Xtra, a digital radio station in the United Kingdom. The song also peaked at number 1 on MTV Base's Official SA Top 10 chart for the week of 31 October through 6 November 2013.[3][4] Moreover, it peaked at number 1 on Trace TV's 30 Urban Hits.[5]

Jika single cover.jpg
Single by Mi Casa
from the album Su Casa
ReleasedJuly 19, 2013 (2013-07-19)[1]
LabelSoul Candi Records
Mi Casa singles chronology
"Turn You On"
Music video
"Jika" on YouTube

Background and recordingEdit

J Something, the band's vocalist, told Showbiz.co.za that charting on BBC Radio 1Xtra was unreal.[6]

Live performancesEdit

The band performed the song during their tour of several African countries, including Kenya, Swaziland, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.[7][8] In September 2013, Mi Casa performed the song to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Cape Town International Conventional Centre.[9] On 6 April 2014, the band performed the song at the Durban Botanic Gardens.[10]

Critical receptionEdit

"Jika" received mostly positive reviews from music critics. A writer for Tunez.co.za said, "the track is very melodious and catchy which I believe made it excel commercially. The production is rhythmic, engaging and creative which achieves an exciting atmosphere (especially when the volume is turned up)."[11] Red Flag said the song "brings the playful Mi Casa style to life with this sexy dance track that has already spawned a dance style of its own. The Jika dance has been seen becoming an audience participation favourite and bringing power to live shows."[12] An unnamed writer for Rolling Stone SA described "Jika" as a "delightfully feelgood fable about keeping it real to get the girl of your dreams."[13]


"Jika" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2014 Metro FM Music Awards.[14] It was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.[15] Moreover, the song was nominated for Remix of the Year at the 20th Annual SAMAs.[16]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2014 MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 Song of the Year Nominated
20th Annual South African Music Awards Remix of the Year Nominated
13th Metro FM Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download[1]
  1. "Jika" - 4:46
  2. "Jika" (Radio Edit) - 3:46
  1. "Jika" (Infinite Boys Urban Mix) - 6:36
  2. "Jika" (Calvin Fallo Deep Jazzy Mix) - 5:38
  3. "Jika" (Chymamusique Drum Remix) - 6:45

Charts and certificationsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2013) Peak
South Africa (EMA)[18] 1

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Jika - Single by Mi Casa". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  2. ^ "Micasa's "Jika" makes it huge in the UK". Wonted.co.za. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  3. ^ "Mi Casa's Jika tops MTV Base's inaugural Official SA Top 10". Media Update. 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  4. ^ "Jika my baby! Mi Casa tops inaugural MTV Base SA Top 10". BPM Mag. 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  5. ^ FRIDAY, 25 APRIL 3:03 CAT. "'Jika' success unexpected". Ewn.co.za. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  6. ^ "MiCasa's Jika a UK hit". Showbizone.co.za. 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  7. ^ Andile Ndlovu (2013-08-16). "'Jika' is just the beginning of it". Times LIVE. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  8. ^ "Mi Casa's Jika goes number one on the UK's BBC Radio | YoMzansi :: Mzansi's no.1 Entertainment Lifestyle Network". YoMzansi. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  9. ^ Apelgren, Charis (2013-09-18). "Mi Casa makes Cape Town jika - Zalebs - Howzit MSN Entertainment". Entertainment.howzit.msn.com. Archived from the original on 2014-04-25. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  10. ^ Deshni Ramkissoon-Pillay - 31 March 2014 (2014-03-31). "'Jika' with Mi Casa at Durban Botanic Gardens". Highway Mail. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  11. ^ Mi Casa Goes Platinum – “Jika” Review. "mi casa". Tunez.co.za. Archived from the original on 2014-04-25. Retrieved 2014-04-25.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Red Flag Admin (2013-07-22). "Mi Casa 'Su Casa'". Redflag.co.za. Archived from the original on 2014-04-25. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  13. ^ "Mi Casa - "Jika" - Rolling Stone South Africa". Rollingstone.co.za. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  14. ^ "13th Metro FM Music Awards nominees announced". Sowetan LIVE. 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  15. ^ "Mafikizolo, Uhuru, Davido lead nominations for MTV Africa Music Awards". Sowetan LIVE. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  16. ^ "A full list of all the 2014 SAMA nominees". Channel24. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  17. ^ "Mi Casa - Jika (The Remixes)". Traxsource. 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  18. ^ "EMA Top 10 Airplay: Week Ending 2013-08-27". Entertainment Monitoring Africa. Retrieved September 16, 2015.