Vhuhulu and Vhuhulu Reprise (Christian/Gospel)
Based in Polokwane, this Gospel artist, with about 5000 followers on his Facebook page, secured two spots on South Africa’s Top 100 on iTunes with 2 of the 3 songs in his most recent project, Renowned Name, which has a total runtime of approximately 17 minutes.
REASON FEATURING BOITY
Satan O Wele (Hip Hop/Rap)
After celebrating her recent signing to Def Jam Africa, Boity delivered a strong guest appearance on the most recent single from Reason’s catalogue. Early impressions from listeners were overwhelmingly positive, and the song charted at number 20 on iTunes South Africa’s Top 100.
Bhut’ Madlisa (African)
This 13 track album marks Mampintsha’s first solo project. With guest appearances from DJ Tira, Babes Wodumo, and Distruction Boyz, the Big Nuz alumnus revives the gqom sound which took over the country in the early 2000s but has since taken a back seat, most notably to the now ubiquitous sound of Amapiano. This album might spark the return of the once beloved
With punchy drums, soulful vocals and melodies that are sure to make your head nod, the Universal Music Group signed artist delivers a feel-good pop tune to curb your quarantine blues. The song is accompanied by home video-style comedic visuals that perfectly embody the essence of the song.
KING MONADA FEATURING MACK EAZE
Ase Moruti (Dance)
With tracks like “Ska Bora Moreki” and “Malwedhe”, the Tzaneen native has proven himself as a hit maker. The Mack Eaze assisted track hopes to keep the ball rolling as the song charts at spot number six on iTunes South Africa’s Top 100.
KABZA DE SMALL
I Am the King of Amapiano: Sweet and Dust (Dance)
The title of the project speaks for itself. Amapiano royalty Kabza De Small made waves and shocked fans with a new 27 track album. With guest appearances from African music titans Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Cassper Nyovest, the album serves as a refresher on why the Piano Hub signee can confidently proclaim himself the king of amapiano and is uncontested on the statement. The three hour long project has been received with overwhelming support and praise.
DJ WHOO KID AND NASTY C
Zulu (Hip Hop/Rap)
Inking his name above the dotted line at Def Jam Recordings earlier this year, Nasty C became a representative and ambassador for South African hip-hop. The eleven track mixtape Zulu is his first project released under the Def Jam banner, and is mainly produced by DJ Whoo Kid, an American hip hop DJ with credits on multiple artists’ projects, most notable being 50 Cent, Eminem, Tupac, and Michael Jackson. “Eazy” and the T.I. Harris assisted track “They Don’t” are standout tracks on the mixtape, garnering the most views on Genius.com.
VUSI NOVA FEATURING DUMI MKOKSTAD
Smooth instrumentation and emotionally charged vocals make for the standard formula for any Vusi Nova song. This song proves that the formula never fails. With another strong entry in his catalogue, he and Dumi Mkokstad deliver a prayer song with a strong message.
KAREN ZOID AND DANIE DU TOIT
Kort Donner (Afrikaans)
With over 17 000 subscribers and half a million monthly views on her YouTube channel, Karen Zoid hosts a slew of popular figures on her show Republiek van Zoid Afrika. She and Spoegwolf band member, Danie Du Toit, delivered a powerful rendition of the Spoegwolf song “Kort Donner” live in front of a studio audience.