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Nonku Phiri’s Latest Song is About ‘Embracing Vulnerability in a Time of Great Loss’

Listen to Nonku Phiri's new single "Sîfó," an ode to grief.

South African singer Nonku Phiri has been quiet for a minute. To break the hiatus, the artist recently released a new single titled "Sîfó."


You never know what to expect from the Joburg-based singer, as she's an anomaly. On the new single, she's still singing over electronic production effortlessly.

"Sîfó" was written and produced by Nonku and alongside her production partner Dion Monti, who also plays an integral role in her live performances.

What gave me goosebumps on first listen was how she stacked her vocals when she harmonized to make them sound like synthesizers, thus using her voice as an instrument which blends with the beat.

Nonku had this to say about the song:

"'Sîfó' is an ode to grief. The track encourages a discourse surrounding the necessity of embracing our vulnerability in a time of great loss and the importance of acknowledging the habitual defeats of not living with intention."

Listen to "Sîfó" below:

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Jabulani Tsambo, popularly known by his alias HHP, was a pivotal part of South African hip-hop. Renowned for trailblazing the motswako sub-genre in the early 2000s, the rapper sadly passed away on October 24th, 2018 after a long and much publicised bout with depression.

During his active years, which span two decades (from 1997 to 2018), he was instrumental in breaking barriers and bridging the gap between kwaito and hip-hop in SA, from the late 90s to early 2000s.

He became a household name in the 2000s as he spearheaded the motswako movement, propelling it to the mainstream and solidifying his legendary status in the process.

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