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The 21 Best South African Songs of The Month

SA songs that caught our attention this month.

Our list of the best South African songs of the month includes new singles that dropped in February, alongside those that were highlighted by getting the visual treatment.

Check out our selections below, which feature Lady Zamar, Seba Kaapstad, Kwesta, PatricKxxLee among others.

The list is in no particular order.

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PatricKxxLee "Achoo"


A light-hearted banger from one of the most intense SA rappers out now.

​Tellaman (ft. Nasty C and Shekhinah) "Whipped"


A nostalgic breezy pop tune from three of the best Durban artists at the moment.

​Lex LaFoy (ft. Otarel) "Dolphins"


Two generations of Durban's rap scene go back and forth over a bass-heavy trap beat.

Muzi "Stimela Segolide"


Muzi tells the stories of black men and women who had to leave their homes to work in the mines in Joburg during the apartheid era. The song, which is dominantly EDM, has traces of mbaqanga and maskandi. The song leads with animated visuals courtesy of ByLwansta.

​Gigi Lamayne (ft. King Monada) "Fufa"


Gigi Lamayne and King Monada connect for a catchy rap and gqom hybrid, that could become everyone's favorite song this winter.

DJ Lag (ft. Shekhinah) “Anywhere You Go”


"Anywhere We Go" is DJ LAG and Shekhinah's new single. The collaboration between two of Durban's top musicians, sees Shekhinah lay her ethereal vocals over a bass-heavy house instrumental by one of the pioneers of gqom. The accompanying visuals, which were powered by adidas and directed by Kyle Lewis, feature a dancer (Thami Njoko), who glistens as he shares his acrobatic moves in an open space at night, which is in line with the adidas sneaker the video is essentially an ad for.

​Touchline "Nyakaza"


Touchline rides a moody instrumental reminiscent of Eminem's production in the early 2000s. Touchline laces it with punchline-heavy raw raps.

​Nadia "Imma Boss"



Nadia places her quotable-heavy egocentric bars of a minimal trap instrumental in the single to her upcoming album Nadia Naked

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​B3nchMarQ "Champions"


The B3nchMarQ duo has some serious chemistry, and "Champions" is yet another example. The two have mastered the art of making songs one can fall in love with—their songs have the right amount of rapping and singing and they marry their vocals with beats seamlessly.

Maphorisa x Kabza De Small




A hypnotic collaboration between DJ Maphorisa and amapiano frontman Kabza De Small. It features Kaybee Sax, who laces the gloomy instrumental with mysterious dilatory vocals. Some eerie ululations contribute to the song's mystery.

Melly-Mel "Replay"


One third of rappity rap crew The Assembly, Melly-Mel sounds comfortable over an instrumental that's equal parts nostalgia and contemporary on a standout from their collaborative EP Beatmochini Presents: Every Friday. The beat, which is the work of veteran producer Beatmochini, has the warmth and soul of boom bap and old school R&B, and demands your attention with a heavy bassline and 808s.

​Gemini Major "Issa Vibe" (ft. Tellaman)


Gemini Major's new single "Issa Vibe" is, well, a vibe. The song references 80s' dance music and is guaranteed to make you get down. The video shows Gemini Major and his collaborator Tellaman living carefree with a bunch of friends. Sticking to the 80s aesthetic, the video is colorful and there is a lot of dancing.

​Zola "Skobho Ne-Hennesy"


A return to form for the kwaito legend, Zola's "Skobho Ne-Hennesy" gives you the Zola you fell in love with in the early 2000s sounding like his old confident self, which he hasn't managed to pull off in a very long time.

Seba Kaapstad "Don't"


Just as we've grown to expect from the versatile band, "Don't" meshes jazz, electronic music and soul, among other influences. The rich music on "Don't" leads with keys, which is a perfect backdrop for the group's vocalists to lament the beautiful struggle that is life with a refreshing optimism.

Lady Zamar "This is Love"


Lady Zamar, one of the country's most popular house artists, returns with a smooth EDM tune that will pack dance floors countrywide.

​Kwesta "Khethile Khethile" (ft. Makwa, Tshego AMG, Thee Legacy)


Kwesta sings and raps praises to the love of his love, who he recently got married to. The music video will give you the highlights of the ceremony.

​Emtee (ft. Snyman) "Smogolo"



"Smogolo" features little to no rapping, as Emtte and his collaborator sing throughout. The song is produced by Kreazo, and is a quintessential ATM (African trap music) song, as it blends genres such as trap, Afropop and a bit of mbhaqanga and maskandi.

MsSupa "Vibe"

Veteran rapper MsSupa shows she can exist in the current era, as she rides a new age kwaito beat with the same confidence and control she's known for.

​Mx Blouse "Ukufa"


Mx Blouse raps about death and hopelessness with a calm tone over an ominous trap-inspired instrumental.

​Cassper "Move For Me" (ft. Boskasie)


Cassper Nyovest shows of his sexy body, alongside LA-based model Jessica Burciaga, on the video for his collaborative single with Boskasie.

Micr.Pluto ft. Rhea Blek "Metanoia"

"Metanoia," which features RHEA BLEK, blends the singer's soulful vocals with moody production consisting of eardrum slicing synths and a selection of airy pads that creep in and out of the song's subtle but present bassline. Robin Fassie-Kock's trumpet finds space to co-exist with all those elements in the song. The music video for "Metanoia" is Afrofuturistic, which is an aesthetic we have grown to expect from the producer and the label he runs Subterranean Wavelength.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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