Thandi Ntuli.

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10 South African Artists & Labels to Support on Bandcamp

As Bandcamp waives its share of revenue, here are 10 South African artists and labels to consider supporting.

Since March of 2020, the first Friday of every month, Bandcamp has been waving its revenue share to assist artists during the Covid-19 pandemic. It's a great gesture from a platform that's a haven for independent musicians and one that has seen fans spend millions of dollars that go directly to artists.

Bandcamp Co-Founder and CEO Ethan Diamond said in a statement released in July 2020: "It may sound simple, but the best way to help artists is with your direct financial support, and we hope you'll join us as we work to support artists in this challenging time."

With hordes of artists on Bandcamp, we highlight 10 among many we feel are worth your hard-earned money. This list includes a diverse lineup of artists from multiple genres and corners of South Africa's vast music scene.

NB: This list is in no particular order.


One of the country's most productive and talented producers, SKinniez's production is deeply rooted in jazz and hip-hop with touches of modern electronic music. SKinniez has produced for rappers such as Uno July and Jitsvinger, and releases music frequently, so as a shopper, you'll be spoiled for choice.

Essential album: Happy Birthday Hotep


It makes sense why Buli calls himself Buli From Space. Ethereal pads and strong kicks and snares that tap gently define the texture of the electronic music producer's sound. Buli's music feels otherworldly and, just like space which it seems to be modelled after, is calmingly minimal. It does, however, consist of layers that contribute to the overall mysterious feel of the music.

Recommended album:


Teka Records

Spoek Mathambo's label is home to Spoek himself, Batuk, Laliboi, Vukazithathe, Blacswet, Kitsuko and Fantasma. The label's roster consists of progressive artists whose music is the result of sonic experiments with electronic dance music and all its strains—be it techno, kwaito, house, hip-hop and… it could be anything that Spoek and his acolytes are feeling at the time. Teka Records's Bandcamp page is home to classics such as Spoek Mathambo's Mzansi Beat Code, LaliBoi's Siyangaphi, Batuk's Kasi Royalty, Spoek Mathambo's Tales from the Lost Cities and many other exciting albums and EPs.

Recommended album: Spoek Mathambo Tales from the Lost Cities

Iapetus Records

One of South Africa's longest-standing independent hip-hop labels, Iapetus has been churning out quality albums for more than a decade, all of which can be found on their Bandcamp page. From classics such as Hymphatic Thabs' The Age of Horus, Gin-I-Grindith's Iron Tooth Monsters, Yugen Blakrok's Return of the Astro-Goth, to newer releases such as Yugen's Amina Mysterium and Hymphatic Thabs' Centre of the Universe. If you are into alternative conceptual music, cop the whole catalogue.

Recommended album: Yugen Blakrok Anima Mysterium


The boom-bap head will feel like a kid in a candy store on Arsenic Beats's Bandcamp page. Be it on the veteran producer's ongoing series of EPs/mixtapes Hidden Formulas (currently on Volume 5) or sporadic single releases and projects, Arsenic's page showcases some of Cape Town's best rap talent as they interpret his soulful production. And there are plenty of instrumentals for the beat heads, too. The cult classic Deurie Naai Alliance, a collaborative album between Arsenic and YoungstaCPT from 2013 is a cult classic that played its role in laying the foundation for one of the country's most important emcees.

Recommended album: Arsenic and YoungstaCPT Deuri Naai Alliance (DNA)

Thandi Ntuli

One of modern South African jazz's most respected figures, composer, writer and arranger, Thandi Ntuli's catalogue chronicles her growth musically, spiritually and emotionally. Her catalogue meanders between different influences and a range of themes with the care and mastery of a musician who was born for their chosen career path.

Recommended album: Exiled


Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness's long-form music pieces are a conduit between the physical realm and the ancestral spiritual world. Chants and vocals co-exist with hypnotic percussion and drums in their growing discography—Our Truth (2016), Emakhosini (2018) and The Healing (2019).

Recommended album: Emakhosini

Subterranean Wavelength

Helmed by the producer Micr.Pluto, Subterranean Wavelength is a label that showcases the different shades of electronic music that exist in South Africa. As a producer and overseer for most of the work released by the label, the music is shaped by Micr.Pluto's influences—hip-hop-based production decorated with different textures of electronic music. Subterranean Wavelength is also a platform for other producers and artists to showcase their takes of the broad genre that is electronic music.

Recommended album: Kajama Polarity Prism

Afrosynth Records

Founded by DJ Okapi, first as a record shop based in downtown Joburg, Afrosynth has transformed into a label that focuses on reissues of South Africa's bubblegum pop music. The genre, which was popular in the '80s, is hard to get ahold of online as most bubblegum albums and singles aren't on any streaming platforms or digital stores. One reissue at the time, Afrosynth is exposing the genre to new audiences and old fans are indulging in the nostalgia.

Recommended album: Chicco Twala I Need Some Money (single)


SPAZA, a collective with a revolving membership base, has released two projects so far. Both their self-titled 2019 debut album and 2020's UPRIZE! are gatherings of some of the country's most progressive musicians, from Siya Makhuzeni to Nonku Phiri, for open-ended songs that aren't out of the box, as in their world, there simply is no box that exists.

Recommended album: UPRIZE!


Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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