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The 16 Best South African Songs of the Month (September)

The best South African songs of the month featuring Cassper Nyovest, Rowlene, Langa Mavuso, Muzi, PatricKxxLee and others.

Here are the South African songs and music videos that caught our attention in August.

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

PatricKxxLee “One Punk Man, Ritalin”

PatricKxxLee aggressively raps over a beat that combines PlayStation sounds with dark synths and bass.

Langa Mavuso “I Wish” (featuring Manana & Zoe Modiga)

A collaboration that works as one would expect it to, "I Wish" is a somber deep cut from Langa Mavuso's latest album Langa.

FonZo “Survival”

FonZo reminds his naysayers of his accomplishments and that he's nothing to be fucked with.

Muzi “Don’t Let Me Go”

Muzi takes it back to the 80s as he taps into the era's bubblegum sound in a song grieving his late mother.

Yugen Blakrok “OCHRE”

To commemorate Heritage Month in a way that's neither corny nor trite, Yugen Blakrok released the video for "OCHRE" which is a visual celebration of origin, nature and magic.

Costa Titch (featuring Boity) “Thembi”

Costa Titch finally released the music video for his Boity-assisted hit "Thembi" and it's as lively as the song with him showcasing his dance moves and Boity making an elegant appearance as usual.

Willy Cardiac & DJ Maphorisa “Run”

Willy Cardiac sounds comfortable over DJ Maphorisa production in his latest single "Run" which contains traces of R&B, hip-hop and Afro-fusion.

Black Motion “Mshubo” (featuring Ihhashi Elimhlophe)

Black Motion's hypnotic production sounds surreal when combined with maskandi legend Ihhashi Elimhlophe's chants.

GoldFish “Forever Free” (featuring Nate Highfield & Silver)

An instant EDM/pop banger, "Forever Free" is the perfect song for a road trip, the club, your lounge, and pretty much anywhere.

Cassper Nyovest “Thoughts” (featuring Boogie)

Cassper Nyovest's pen bleeds as he opens up about relationships that have gone wrong over horns and keys assisted by an equally intense verse by Boogie.

Moonchild Sanelly “Boys and Girls” (featuring Patty Monroe)

Moonchild Sanelly invites Patty Monroe to assist in a song that's about preferring both men and women. The song's carried by personality as it is by great execution.

Focalistic (featuring Vigro Deep) “Ke Star”

Focalistic released the visual for his gold-certified hit "Ke Star" and the visuals are as extravagant as the song itself.

J Molley “Ang’na Stress” (featuring Costa Titch and Yanga Chief)

J Molley takes a different approach with his latest single as he gets Costa Titch and Yanga Chief to sprinkle their respective flavors.

Aewon Wolf “Say It Louder” (featuring Rey Oceans)

Aewon Wolf's "Say It Louder" is the light-hearted single one needs in such dark times.

Rowlene “Stop”

Rowlene announced her upcoming album with the assertive banger "Stop".

Busiswa (featuring Kamo Mphela) “SBWL”

With her new single "SBWL", Busiswa connects with internet dance sensation Kamo Mphela for a lively amapiano tune.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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