Watch DotCom & Cassper Nyovest's 'Izapha' Video + 'Tsholofelo' News

South African rappers DotCom and Cassper Nyovest team up in the 'Izapha' video and Nyovest drops a surprise iTunes release for 'Tsholofelo.'

South African rap's MVP these days, Cassper Nyovest expanded his kingdom far beyond the reaches of his hometown hip-hop scene Mafikeng this year. In a surprise move, Nyovest made his debut LP Tsholofelo downloadable on South Africa's iTunes over the weekend (a "67 hour exclusive early release" intended to coincide with Mandela Day). The album includes the heavy-hitting singles "Phumakim," "Doc Shebeleza," and our Song of the Year "Gusheshe." Though it doesn't officially receive a proper physical release until July 31st, the album quickly skyrocketed to the number one spot on iTunes in SA (for all genres). 

Amidst all the Tsholofelo frenzy, King Nyovest sneakily came through with a new video over the weekend. This time around he plays the assist with DotCom at the helm on their Durban kwaito-infused rap anthem "Izapha," which first surfaced as a single back in October. Directed by Kyle White, the street party scened video stars a not-so-subtle panda bear alongside Nyovest and DotCom. Watch it below and expect Nyovest's domination to keep on as his debut officially hits the stands at the end of the month.


11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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