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The Best South African Music Of The Month

SA songs and releases we loved this month.

While other genres are relatively quiet in the first month of the year, hip-hop has already fucked up 2018 in South Africa.

Here are the South African songs that caught our attention this month.


Ms Cosmo "Ay Baby"

Ms Cosmo gathered three of the most charismatic rappers in SA—Rouge, Moozlie and Sho Madjozi—for a modern take of Hurricane Chris' crunk hit "Ay Baby Bay." The song's recent music video just gave the it new life.

Lua Preta Quero Mais/ Somnilokwie

Polish-Angolan duo Lua Preta released a double single. One of the songs features Morena Leraba, who stays between Joburg and Lesotho. The EP is a fusion of electronica, EDM and Leraba's Sotho raps.

Solo and BETR GANG Tour Dates

Solo and BETR Gang dropped an album that set the benchmark for South African hip-hop in 2018. The star-studded record features the likes of K.O., Moozlie, Reason, Maggz, Rouge, PH and a whole lot more. Bars galore.

B3nchMarQ 1st Quarter EP

B3nchMarQ dropped another impressive EP, a follow-up to their debut Aspen (2017). This one features sing-songy raps, great deliveries and beats that knock so hard they might leave fractures in your eardrums.

Read: 20 South African Artists Who Could Fuck Up The Game In 2018

Lastee "Raven"

Lastee's first single of 2018 is a dark bass-heavy trap-soul banger that will surely get you in your feels.

JR "Gata Lena Remix"

Producer 37mph pulled this remix to JR's 2009 hit "Gata Le Nna" out of archives. Featuring the likes of Cassper Nyovest, Mr Selwyn, Shugasmakx and more, this one may be nine years old but still sounds fresh.

YoungstaCPT "Miyang Stokkie"

YoungstaCPT's "Miyang Stokkie" is like a Kaapstad take of Dead Prez's "Mind Sex." A potent steamy love single that you should keep for the winter. This one's taken off of his and Maloon TheBoom's 2017 album YungLoon Taliboom.

Riky Rick, Davido, Gemini Major "Murdah"

The latest single from Riky Rick's Stay Shining EP just got highlighted with an impressive visual that's fitting for a collaboration of this caliber.

Rouge "Dololo" (Azuhl 021 Remix)

DJ Azuhl keeps his eyes on the streets. He gives this Rouge banger a new life by giving it a darker instrumental.

AKA ft Stogie T "StarSigns"

AKA took a short break from making pop hits to drop a few bars (autotuned but still potent). Stogie T's verse is vicious—he throws jabs at the likes of Riky Rick and Cassper Nyovest. What a way to start the year.

Prince Kaybee "Club Controller" (ft. TNS & Zakusa)

While gqom is known for its stripped down nature, Prince Kaybee drops a layered gqom hit, which features melodic vocals, hard-hitting drums and a selection of synths and strings.This one will be a staple in the clubs.


Flex Rabanyan "Wadlala Ngam"


"Wadlala Ngam'" sees the KZN-based lyricist croon some sing-songy raps drenched in mild autotune over mellow keys and a mid tempo rhythm. He speaks of a lover who did him dirty after he had invested all his emotions in the relationship.

AKA "Sweet Fire"

AKA's back on his pop shit, and this time around, it works. He croons about his relationship which just ended.

Nadia Nakai ft. Cassper Nyovest "Naaa Mean"

Nadia is dripping with swag in her latest video. Forgive the outdated lingo, but it will all make sense after you watch it. The song's instrumental bands, and Nadia and Cass fill it up with their big egos.


Miss Pru DJ "Isaga Lam" ft. LaSauce, Gigi Lamayne, Nadia Nakai & Londie London

Miss Pru DJ gathered a squad of her girls to flaunt their money over a trap banger. We are seeing more of these tracks where women are doing it on their own, and we are totally here for it.

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Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kofi Annan, Has Died

The celebrated Ghanaian humanitarian and the first black African to serve as head of the UN, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.

Kofi Annan, the seventh UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away on Saturday morning following a brief illness. "His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during the last days," read a family statement. He was 80.

Annan was the first black African to serve as head of the United Nations, holding the prestigious position from 1997 to 2006. He was lauded for his global humanitarian work, eventually earning Annan and the UN a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for "their work for a better organized and more peaceful world."

Annan was head of the UN during the onslaught of the Iraq War, proving to be one of the most challenging global events to occur under his time as Secretary General and one of the most divisive of the early 21st century. "I think the worst moment of course was the Iraq war, which as an organization we couldn't stop—and I really did everything I can to try to see if we can stop it," he said in 2006.

Annan was also the founder of the Kofi Annan foundation and chairman of The Elders, an international humanitarian organization of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela.

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Janet Jackson Returns With Afrobeats-Inspired Song & Video 'Made For Now' Featuring Daddy Yankee

The icon's latest is a nod to the sound, fashion and culture of the diaspora.

Ms. Jackson is back.

The iconic artist returns with her first single since the release of her 2015 album Unbreakable, and it's a timely nod to the "made for now" influence of afrobeats fashion, sound and culture.

On "Made For Now," which features Puerto Rican reggaeton titan Daddy Yankee, Janet Jackson does what she's done successfully so many times throughout her decades-long career: provide an infectious, party-worthy tune that's fun and undeniably easy to dance to. "If you're living for the moment, don't stop," Jackson sings atop production which fuses dancehall, reggaeton and afrobeats.

The New York-shot music video is just as lively, filled with eye-catching diasporic influences, from the wax-print ensembles and beads both Janet and her dancers wear to the choreographed afrobeats-tinged dance numbers, which see the dancers hitting the Shoki at one point in the video. The train of dancers travel throughout the streets of Brooklyn, taking over apartment buildings and rooftops with spirited moves.

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You Need to Hear Juls' New Single 'Saa Ara'


New hip-hop and highlife grooves from the celebrated UK-based Ghanaian producer.

By merging the diverse influence of growing up in Accra and East London, Juls has managed to cultivate a hybrid afrobeats style that has set him apart from the rest.

For his latest single, "Saa Ara," he teams up with award-winning rapper Kwesi Arthur and gifted lyricist Akan.

The brilliant fusion of vintage highlife instrumentals and booming hip-hop beats, along with Kwesi Arthur's lively chorus and Akan's fiery delivery gives the song a very spiritual and classical feel.

Soothe your soul this weekend with these tasteful sounds from Juls.

Listen to "Saa Ara" by Juls featuring Kwesi Arthur and Akan below.

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