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10 Mega Hits You May Or May Not Know Were Produced By DJ Maphorisa

There's more to Maphorisa than co-producing 'One Dance.'

It seems there's no popular genre of music the South African producer DJ Maphorisa can't produce. Many may know him as the co-producer of "One Dance" by Drake, Wizkid and Kyla, but there's more to the man than that song. He's currently one of the go-to producers in house and hip-hop in South Africa.

As part of the quartet Uhuru, a few years ago, he and his mates crafted mega hits for the likes of Professor and Mafikizolo.

As a solo producer, he has conjured bangers for a diverse range of artists such as A-Reece, Mlindo, Sjava, Shekhinah, Zingah, Kwesta, Cassper Nyovest, among lots of others.

He has also given us hits of his own—"Midnight Starring" and "Soweto Baby," among others. His 2017 album Gqom Wave, which was teeming with bangers, went gold, and he released another potent EP earlier this year titled BlaqBoyMusic, which had both gqom and hip-hop songs.

Below, we list some songs you may or may not know were produced by the man.

Catch Maphorisa live at our Mzansi Heat and Naija Beats concert in NYC alongside Yemi Alade & DJ Tunez on August 2. RSVP HERE for the free show and the AFTERS party here.


Wizkid "In My Bed"

"In My Bed" is the song that opened doors for Maphorisa. The producer told Genius it was Wizkid who introduced him to the likes of Chris Brown, Jermaine Dupri, and Jidenna. "In My Bed" was attributed to Uhuru, the production quartet Maphorisa was part of (Uhuru has since disbanded). The song was quintessential Uhuru—skittering drums and synths that make the song both South African house and Afrobeats. "In My Bed" was a single from Wizkid's 2014 album Ayo.

Kwesta (ft. Cassper Nyovest) "Ngud'"

One of the biggest South African hip-hop hits of our generation was a Maphorisa production. The producer slowed down Antena's house classic "Camino Del Sol (Joakim Remix)" to an old school kwaito tempo, making it a woozy beer anthem for the shebeens. Kwesta's baritone on the hook and his verses is memorable. But not half as memorable as Cassper Nyovest's verse—when the man performs the song, the crowd recites it word for word.

DJ Maphorisa "Midnight Starring" (ft. DJ Tira, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly)

When gqom became the go-to-sound for South African house producers, Maphorisa didn't want to get left behind. He gave it his own touch, too. "Midnight Starring" was huge in 2017. The song boasted verses from three artists whose presence is unmatched—DJ Tira, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly.

Shekhinah "Suited"

On "Suited," Maphorisa proved once again that he is an anomaly. He gave the singer an R&B instrumental that has touches of pop and electro. "Suited" is Shekhinah's first solo single, and it was massive. You just can't go wrong with Maphorisa behind the boards.

Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa - Particula (ft. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna)

One of the biggest crossover hits of 2017 that was ubiquitous in South Africa, was co-produced by Maphorisa, alongside Diplo and Jr. Blender. "Particula" is a dance music masterpiece that transcends genre, just like most of Maphorisa's productions.

Sjava & Dj Maphorisa (ft. Howard) "Ngempela"

After 'African Trap Music' artist Sjava's stellar debut album Isina Muva (2016) went gold, the artist released a deluxe version, which included three new songs. "Ngempela" was one of them, and it diversified Sjava's scope—the song has no elements of trap, but leans towards soul and dance.

Professor "Jazabel"

"Jazabel" was impossible to escape in 2011. Maphorisa gave Professor a piece of music that led to one of the kwaito artist's biggest hit.

DJ Vetkuk vs Mahoota (ft. Dr Malinga) "Via Orlando Remake"

DJ Vetkuk vs Mahoota, with the help of Maphorisa, remade the bubblegum classic of the same name by Condry Ziqubu, into a memorable modern summer hit. Their version was house, boasting dark synths and loud percussion, making it easier for Dr Malinga's trademark gyrations.

Mafikizolo "Khona" (ft. Uhuru)


When the South African Afropop duo Mafikizolo made their comeback, it was massive. They reached out to Uhuru for a sound the duo had never explored. The result was an explosive blend of South African Afropop and afrobeats, leading with dark muffled synths. "Khona" is iconic in that it set Mafikizolo apart from artists who were active in the 2000s, their comeback grabbed South Africans' attention which is something that doesn't happen often. Maphorisa also produced Mafikizolo's 20 album in its entirety.

Uhuru ft. DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor and Uri-Da-Cunha "Y-tjukutja"

Another mega hit that was hard to miss in 2013, "Y-tjukutja" was another Uhuru banger that blended South African house with afrobeats. "Y-tjukutja" is one of many productions by Maphorisa and his group mates that proved they weren't here to play.

Catch Maphorisa live in NYC at our Mzansi Heat and Naija Beats concert alongside Yemi Alade & DJ Tunez on August 2. RSVP HERE for the free show and the AFTERS party here.

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Guinea-born supermodel, actress, and activist Mariama Diallo is a face you've likely seen all over social media.

With modelling campaigns with the likes of Savage x Fenty by Rihanna, Kim Kardashian's KKW Beauty, and features in Vogue, Marie Claire, NYLON magazines, the model is commanding her space in the industry and making her way centerstage. And, Mariama's strong online presence and following has certainly made her a popular member of the global village too.

With the aforementioned achievements under her belt, the 28-year-old supermodel presented herself as an eager and excited talent within the fashion industry. Now, Mariama's talents and ambitions have attracted her to a role behind the scenes. And showing the power of intention, the role has already taken her to places she only dreamed of prior.

Debuting as the fashion designer of self-financed fashion line Sincerely Ria at this year's New York Fashion Week is but a peek into what the model has to show of herself and share with the world.

The new collection, The Oshun, celebrates not only female beauty and the many ways that it manifests itself but also the magic of womanhood. Named after Oshun, the African goddess of femininity, fertility, beauty, and love, the collection is wrapped within the warmth and divinity of its namesake. The brand follows an ethos of inclusivity, community, and the power behind being beautiful because you have decided to be. Challenging the notion that beauty is always to be accompanied by pain, Mariama and Sincerely Ria are celebrating the rejection of beauty and body standards and expectations.

The Oshun line is a nod to the opulence of Mariama's African heritage and Guinea's Fulani culture, with special attention to the use of brilliant colors, exciting designs, and stunning silhouettes. Motivated to be seen and to captivate, the emphasis on Black beauty within the clothing is certainly translated beautifully, however, stylistically available to all. Uniqueness is welcomed and encouraged. And like Mariama says herself, "You deserve to celebrate yourself unapologetically."

The line debuted at New York Fashion Week, very appropriately, on Valentine's Day of this year and love certainly was the theme. Already boasting a following of over 8,000, the brand's instagram account has shown nothing short of praise and excitement for what we've seen from Mariama, and for what's to come.

We spoke with the Guinean supermodel about the journey to Fashion Week and her love for and emphasis on community and shared experiences.

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