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Zoë Modiga's "Intsha" is one of the best South African songs of the month (May).

The 17 Best South African Songs of the Month (May)

The best South African songs featuring Langa Mavuso, Maraza, Kwesta, Hunter Rose, Moonga K and more.

Here are the South African songs that caught our attention this month. This list includes songs and music videos that were released this month.

Follow our MZANSI HEAT playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


​Emtee "Johustleburg"

A compelling ode to Joburg from Emtee, crafted by his long-time producer Ruff.

​Solve The Problem & 808x "22"

Standout song from Solve The Problem's latest EP, Essentials Only.

AKA "Energy" (featuring Gemini Major)

"Energy" is the house-sampling trap anthem you never thought you needed.

​Maraza "Poured Up" (featuring Young2unn Beats)

Maraza, one of the few SA rappers who've never missed, dropped a new project. We like every song, but we have "Poured Up" on repeat. You just might, too.

Kwesta "The Finesse" (featuring Riky Rick)

Every now and then Kwesta reminds fans who only know him for his hits that he's a rapper foremost. "The Finesse" is easy on the ear, but both rappers deliver potent raps.

Indigo Stella "No Smoke"

After listen to Indigo Stella's latest song, you'll know one thing—you don't want no smoke with her.

​Hunter Rose "By Your Side" (featuring Meek)

Outstanding storytelling and vocal performance from Hunter Rose assisted by Meek. Be sure to pick up her new project Love & Trust.

​Zoë Modiga "Intsha"

Zoë Modiga counters the dearth of new age protest songs with "Intsha," capturing the youth's resilience and sensitivity with her vocal performance and writing.

​Nasty C x Rowlene "I Need You"

"I Need You" is a satisfying marriage of hip-hop and R&B built over swinging keys and a colossal bassline.

​Kazi Ya Sanaa "Offsprings of the Faithless"

Up-and-coming Joburg based duo Kazi Ya Sanaa's "Offspring of the Faithless" is a mash-up of jazz and neo soul and your ears will definitely love it.

​Moonga K "zinedine's interlude"

Moonga K looks at love and life with a questioning eye, and expresses it with R&B vocals over intoxicating production.

​Langa Mavuso "Love Lost"

Langa Mavuso recounts the suicide of his first love in the first single to his upcoming album.

​Da Capo "Moyo Wangu" (featuring BATUNDI)

Electric guitar-laden production houses BATUNDI's spacious vocals in "Moyo Wangu" from Da Capo's latest release Genesys.

Southside Mohamed "2008Birdz"

Southside Mohamed's melodic raps glide over l-fi trap production in this two-part single.

​Ma-E (featuring K.O) "Navigator"

Two rappers who go more than a decade back prove they still have chemistry. In the video, they fill up the void of Joburg under lockdown with their big personalities.

​Big Zulu "Ama Million" (featuring YoungstaCPT, Kwesta, Zakwe) (Remix)

Big Zulu, Kwesta, YoungstaCPT and Zakwe serve bars and looks in the music video for this smash of a posse cut.

​Willy Cardiac "Fan of Me" (featuring Eric Bellinger)

In "Fan of Me," South African hip-hop newcomer Willy Cardiac's first single of 2020 packs a punch, from the production to the raps and the guest appearance from Grammy-winning songwriter Eric Bellinger.


Follow our MZANSI HEAT playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


Interview
Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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