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The 12 Best South African Songs of The Month (July)

Featuring Big FKN Gun, Mnqobi Yazo, Ricky Tyler, Una Rams, Micr.Pluto and more.

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


Angie Sanatana “Money” (feat. Indigo Stella)

Angie Santana croons about money over an ice-cold trap beat with a pulverising bassline and sharp snare and Indigo Stella doesn't any moment of the four bars she's given.​

Kabza De Small “Sponono” (featuring Burna Boy, Cassper Nyovest, Wizkid)

The guest lineup alone is enough to give one goosebumps. The song is a gem too. At this rate, anyone who doesn't believe Kabza De Small is the king of amapiano needs to check themselves.

Stogie T (featuring Nasty C) “Dunno”

Two of the country's top tier emcees link up for an exchange of boastful bars over a minimalist trap instrumental that is as for the heads as it is for the charts.

Flvme & Die Mondez “Red Outro”

Flvme and Die Mondez close off their collaborative album with a soulful mellow tune that sees both artists at their most comfortable and sharpest.

Big Fkn Gun “Fusegani”

BFG's baritone complements an ominous drill/trap instrumental on "Fusegani". Uniform rhyme patterns and an animated delivery make for a satisfying listen.

Mnqobi Yazo “Sabela”

Mnqobi Yazo's vocal performance on "Sabela" is reminiscent of Freddie Gwala with sprinkles of maskandi. A gnarled guitar loops around keys and a rhythm that inspires both ukusina and head bops.

Reason (feat. Boity) “Satan O Wele”

Reason and Boity team up and pronounce the death of Satan in a song about staying out of trouble's way. pH Raw X's production manages to evoke the spirit of church which Reason and Boity complement perfectly.

Rick Tyler “Everything”

Rick Tyler's voice can't be ignored—it's wide and doesn't struggle at high pitches. "Everything" is one of the many song in his latest project Small World that showcase his singing, rapping and writing talent.

Babes Wodumo (feat Mampintsha & Skillz) “eLamont”

Babes Wodumo reminds South Africans who are busy dancing to amapiano that gqom is far from being dead. "eLamont" is catchy and, if by the time it ends, your clothes aren't drenched in sweat, it's a you problem.

Quickfass Cass “Soudy Soudy II” (feat. PRO and Emtee)

Newcomer Quickfass Cass makes a grand entrance escorted by Emtee and the late Soweto rhyme slayer Pro on "Soudy Soudy", an aggressive street anthem paying homage to Soweto (Soudy).

Una Rams “Shy”

Una Rams consolidates dancehall, Afrobeats, jazz and R&B influences for a song about breaking free from the confines of being shy and going out there and achieving your crush.

Micr.Pluto “Fragments of Light” (feat Tribal Rebel Ludi and EMAMKAY

Atmospheric dubbed out pads house a selection of synths and other contraptions in the standout song from Micr.Pluto's Effervescent Lifeforms, his latest release.

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

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