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Nonku Phiri Returns With New Single, 'Regrettables'

Don’t sleep on “Regrettables,” the new song from South African musician Nonku Phiri.

The world just got a little brighter. Nonku Phiri returns today with a new single. It’s her first since April 2015’s outstanding “Things We Do on the Weekend.” And while the South African musician has featured on several projects since then––notably Buraka Som Sistema founder Branko’s “Let Me Go”––and collaborated with Swiss producer Maloon TheBoom as Malonku, it’s been some time (16 months!) since Phiri’s stepped into the solo limelight.


But nonetheless, she’s back. And we have reason to believe “Regrettables” is just the start of things to come. Phiri is currently prepping for the release of a new EP.

The song is produced by Phiri's longtime collaborator, NarchBeats, the Cape Town-based producer formerly of PHFat. "Regrettables" is out now and available on all digital stores. Listen below.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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