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Elaine, pictured above in the music video for "You're the One" music video.

Elaine is the Most Streamed South African Woman Artist

Elaine secures the number-one position on all three of Apple Music's 'Top Mzansi Females' charts.

Elaine continues to go from strength to strength and with good reason. The artist recently secured the top streaming positions on Apple Music's "Top Mzansi Female Artists of 2020", "Top Mzansi Female Albums of 2020" and "Top Mzansi Female Singles of 2020" charts. Moreover, several tracks featured on her debut EP Elements snatched seven spots on the "Top Mzansi Female Singles of 2020" chart. The stellar achievement comes shortly after having been announced as one of Apple Music's "Visionary Women" Campaign at just 21-years-old.

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The sensational trap-soul songstress shot to fame with "You are the One" which brought the heat on Apple Music charts in 2019. The single went viral and saw a piano cover by soulful artist Loyiso Gijana. The evocative "You are the one" music video dropped in April of this year with crisp visuals celebrating Black girls and a twist on 90s' aesthetics. The highly-anticipated song carried visuals that captured the intimacy between Elaine and her lover.

"My EP, Elements, means so much to me," Elaine explains in an interview. She goes on to add that, "I gave it all my love and passion, and to receive it tenfold from those who love and appreciate me and my music, is the greatest gift I could ever ask for. I am grateful, humbled and excited for the future. Thank you to every shining star that has been streaming my project, and thank you Apple Music for your love and constant support!"

At the beginning of lockdown, Elaine shared her 'At Home With' playlist for fans to cope with the blues of being cooped up indoors. Her curation is filled with mood-shifting music that'll have you feeling that everything will work out just fine.

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Top Mzansi (South African) Female Artists of 2020:

1. Elaine

2. Sha Sha

3. Lebo Sekgobela

4. Amanda Black

5. Ami Faku

6. Zonke Dikana

7. Bucy Radebe

8. Demi Lee Moore

9. Ntokozo Mbambo

10. Simmy


Top Mzansi (South African) Female Albums of 2020:

1. Elements by Elaine

2. Blossom EP by Sha Sha

3. Imali by Ami Faku

4. Power by Amanda Black

5. Spiritual Encounter by Busy Radebe

6. Country by Demi Lee Moore

7. Restored (Live) by Lebo Sekgobela

8. Tugela Fairy by Simmy

9. L.O.V.E. by Zonke Dikana

10. Hymns & Worship (Live) by Lebo Sekgobela


Top Mzansi (South African) Female Singles of 2020:

1. "You're The One" by Elaine

2. "Risky" by Elaine

3. "Tender Love (feat. DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small)" by Sha Sha

4. "Umlilo (feat. Mvzzle & Rethabile)" by DJ Zinhle

5. "Changes" by Elaine

6. "I/You" by Elaine

7. "When We're Alone" by Elaine

8. "Say It" by Elaine

9. "I Just Wanna Know" by Elaine

10. "Uzugcin'impilo Yam'" by Bucy Radebe

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South Africa Shocked After DJ Sumbody's Fatal Shooting

The popular Amapiano pioneer, DJ Sumbody, was tragically killed in Johannesburg.


News recently broke that the well known South African Amapiano music producer Oupa John Sefoka, popularly known as DJ Sumbody passed awaythis past Sunday, November 20th.

The family reported that specific details of DJ Sumbody's passing could not be released because the issue was a part of a larger, ongoing investigation.

"Artist and musician DJ Sumbody has died. Details of his untimely death cannot be released but the artist allegedly ran into an unfortunate incident that led to his passing in the early hours of Sunday morning, November 20 2022," the family released in a statement, according to News24.

According to several unconfirmed reports, the renowned South African DJ was traveling on Woodmead road in Johannesburg when gunmen attacked his vehicle with a hail of bullets, which instantly killed him and one of his bodyguards.

He was en route to perform at an event in Woodmead for the All White Veuve Clicquot Picnic on Sunday. Apart from being an Amapiano pioneer, DJ Sumbody was a creative force in the South African entertainment industry. In the early hours of Sunday, Sumsounds Music, his management team, confirmed the news.

DJ Sumbody was a pioneer of the well-known viral Amapiano sound, a word that translates to "the pianos" in Zulu and is an eclectic genre that started in South Africa in 2012 and fuses house, jazz and lounge music for a unique sonic experience.

During the pandermic, OkayAfrica featured him in the pieceDJ Sumbody Is Ensuring Amapiano Stays Alive During Times of Coronavirus and Social Distancing.

Social media users went online to share their shock about the unfortunate event.

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Listen to Sho Madjozi's New Single 'Toro' Featuring DDG

The talented South African rapper Sho Madjozi comes through with a confident new track.

South African rap star Sho Madjozi just shared her latest single, "Toro," featuring DDG via Epic Records.

The critically acclaimed artist first burst into the music scene in 2017 and became an act to watch because of her unique flow, and her keen eye for vibrant fashion styles that fused traditional African attires with modern spins.

"Toro" is the rapper's first English release since "John Cena," a record that quickly became a viral sensation after its release. Over the years, the rapper has continued to push the envelope and sonically break barriers by experimenting with her flow, cadence, and structure. On this record, fellow Epic Records signee DDGalso makes an appearance, and the two ride the wave of the beat in a memorable way.

The song has a noticeable Amapiano beat, a genre increasingly gaining traction on the modern African music scene. While talking about the song, Sho Madjozi shared that it speaks to the complexity of human relationships and how the bad endings of relationships, both platonic and romantic, can be an eye-opening experience.

" 'Toro' is short for 'Mtoroki,' meaning an 'escaper.' I've escaped bad managers, bad lovers and still come out as me," Sho Madjozi mentions. "I even defy convention because I say and do what I like. However, this music video is part 1 of this story. The thing around my neck stands for my gift—the thing that has given me my success. The video makes a statement about how isolating fame can be: how friends, managers, etc., have backstabbed me. By the end of this video, I'm disillusioned with fame and wishing I didn't have this gift at all because it's made me lose touch with closest to me and probably even myself."

So far, Sho Madjozi has received a lot of critical acclaim, awards, and recognition, including "Favorite African Star" at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, "Best New International Artist" at the BET Awards, "Entertainer of the Year" from Forbes, and more.

The music video for "Toro," also released earlier today, chronicles a dance party that initially starts with people having a good time until chaos breaks out. Watch the clip below.

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The Other African Footballers in the World Cup

There are five African teams in the World Cup, but there are at least 54 players on other teams who were either born in Africa, or have African ancestry.

Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia are the five African teams in the World Cup in Qatar, but there are at least 54 players on other teams who were born in Africa or have African ancestry.

This is, of course, the result of the African diaspora, the movement of people from the continent towards the rest of the world. But the stories of how African players or their families got to the other side of the world are not always so stereotypical as one might imagine. The world cup, besides a month of football, is also a way to find out about how humans move through the world. Here are a few:

One of the most talked about stories in this tournament is that of Breel Embolo, who was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, but represents the Swiss national team and refused to celebrate after scoring against his country of birth last week. Embolo scored the only goal in the 1-0 Switzerland victory. It was the first goal he ever scored in a world cup, and the video of it went viral. But it wasn’t because of his technique, it was because he refused to celebrate.

Embolo moved to France when he was six years old because his mom, who had separated from his dad, went to study there. She met a Swiss man and married him, and the family eventually moved to Switzerland when the now Monaco forward was still a kid. So when he scored for his adopted country against Cameroon, he decided to stop and hold his arms up while his teammates celebrated around him.

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Get to Know Nigeria's New 'Cruise' Sound

A new, hyper dance style is bubbling out of Nigeria thanks to TikTok.

A frenetic sound has emerged from Lagos that pulses as the language of the streets. Despite inducing frenzied dancing at parties and across social media it remains a genre with no real name, mostly made on cheap PCs and ripped music software. Even many of those producing it do not care what it's called, no matter how excited they are to send dancers into electric-jolting fits.

London-based independent record label, Moves Recordings, have compiled their favorites of these tracks that ring out at a delirious BPM and they have dared to call it "Cruise."

It's music that exists as the intersection between class and social media and like punk or house before it, it's created by those whose lives are all but too immediate.

An explosion of youth-driven fast-tempo dance music may not be the signal for significant change in the disparity between rich and poor in Nigerian society, but thanks to TikTok, this music has not only burst out from the streets to blaze out across a nation. With help from the Nigerian diaspora from Ghana to the USA, the sound that has also broken worldwide, giving a voice to the voiceless in the slums of Lagos

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