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'Jerusalema' Hit-Maker Nomcebo Zikode Releases Her Solo Album 'Xola Moya Wam''

Listen to Nomcebo Zikode's new album 'Xola Moya Wam''.

Nomcebo Zikode's name is now known by millions of music fans across the globe, thanks to the vocals she provided on Master KG's viral hit "Jerusalema". While the song continues to spread to different parts of the world, Nomcebo decides to release a full-length project titled Xola Moya Wam'.


The project's lead single is also the title track.

"I chose the first single release to be 'Xola Moya Wami', because when I was writing this song, I wrote it after a week into lockdown," says Nomcebo in an interview with IOL. "I was in a state of shock and fear and thought God was punishing me because of my own sins. In the song I am asking God to forgive the sins I do in the flesh. My spirit longs to do what He wills."

The project's nine songs take on the form of "Jerusalema" as the artist sings about love, hope and praises the almighty over bolobedu house production. Her partner in hit-making Master KG produced some songs on the album including the lead single in which the producer gives his take of the popular amapiano subgenre.

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Read: 5 Essential Bolobedu House Tracks to Check Out If You Love 'Jerusalema' by Master KG

Bongo Beats also contributes some beats while Makhadzi appears on the song "Ngiyesaba".

Nomcebo has been a staple in the South African house music scene, having rendered her vocal services to the country's popular producers such as DJ Tira and DJ Ganyani, Mobi Dixon and Bongo Beats among others.

Stream Nomcebo Zikode's Xola Moya Wam' on Apple Music and Spotify.


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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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