Undoubtedly one of the most genre-diverse music scenes in Africa, South Africa’s vibrant music scene accurately reflects the country’s unique history and consistently keeps blessing us with a wide variety of sounds and styles.
Read our selections below. This list is in no particular order.
Sauti Sol ft. Sho Madjozi & Black Motion – Disco Matanga (Yambakhana)
After teaming up with Mi Casa on their previous album, Sauti Sol collaborates again with South Africa on this new single, featuring rapper Sho Madjozi and band Black Motion. The single is part of a playlist made for the Netflix serie “Queen Sono”, the first African series on the online platform. This house track perfectly brings together the East and Southern African artists.
Focalistic ft. Cassper Nyovest – Never know
Upcoming rapper Focalistic teams up with SA rap legend Cassper Nyovest for a house infused rap track. The visuals, obscure and dark, are a very precise representation of the song mood about a painful relationship. A single that we hope previews an EP after Focalistic’s last project 18 area.
Nadia Nakai ft Emtee & Dj Capital – 40 Bars
On an instrumental by producer PatricKxxLee, the new face of female SA rap spits fire bars joined by Emtee “the hustler”. The powerful track was premiered by Ebro Darden on the famous Beats1 show. A trap banger produced how we like that we can’t wait to hear in the clubs.
Rouge ft. AKA – One by One
The Congolese/South African Cape Town rapper delivers a hovering track joined by the Super Mega himself, AKA. Bringing him into her universe seemed like a perfect choice: “One By One” is a perfect blend of rap and chill house, thanks to an impressive Tweezy instrumental.
Kid X – Kikilikiki
Releasing his first 2020 single with “Kikilikiki”, Kid X marks a return in power. The track is exactly what we like the rapper for: a precise infusion of eKasi rap and kwaito. In his lyrics, the artist delivers an inspiring message, dedicated to all those who get up early to go to work.