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5 Dope South African Albums That Came Out This Week

You need to check out these releases from Petite Noir, Anatii, Heavy K, Kabomo and Black Motion.

It's been a busy week for South African music.

Read ahead below as we share with you four great releases that caught our attention this week. The list is in no particular order.


Petite Noir La Maison Noir / The Black House (EP)

Petite Noir's latest EP, just like his previous work, is dense. The artist packs heavy percussion, an assortment of synths and pads in his songs. His layered vocals are drenched in reverb and sound haunted. The albums packs layers of influences and genres, such as electro, bubblegum, soul among others. La Maison Noir / The Black House features Danny Brown, Nukubu Nukubi, Rha! Rha! and Saul Williams.


Anatii Iyeza

Iyeza is the culmination of Anatii's single "Thixo Onofefe." Just like the single, the album makes a lot of references to spirituality. Which is of course nothing new to Anatii. But Iyeza sees the man embrace his Xhosa roots more than he ever has before. He uses the language in his lyrics throughout most (but not all) of the album. At 10 songs long, Iyeza is the perfect length. By the time it ends, you are left wanting more, and you reach for the repeat button. Iyeza has no single guest feature, but it features production from BLFR, alongside some of Anatii's own.


Heavy K Respect The Drumboss 2018

It's officially summer. Heavy K dropped an album that consists of 15 songs that won't allow you to rest. As the tile suggests, in true Heavy K fashion, most of the songs on the album lead with hard-hitting drums. It's a cross between gqom and deep house, with most of the songs featuring sung vocals that glide over digital synths and pads. We are sorted for December.


Black Motion Moya Wa Taola

The cover on Moya Wa Taola does a great job at selling the music on the album. Black Motion's music has always been deeply rooted in spirituality. As much as it's hard to lay your finger on what exactly makes their music spiritual sometimes, it's something you discern. Such is the realm of spirituality, it's all about feeling and being in touch. Moya Wa Taola is a house album that is great for both turning the party up and private listening.


Kabomo All Things Red

South African veteran singer, rapper and writer, Kabomo recently released a free album titled All Things Red. The album features rapper Khuli Chana and singers Nothende, Siphokazi, Mpumi and Mapula Mahlo. All Things Red is vintage Kabomo, as the artist returns to the mellow neo-soul he has been known for, for a long time through albums such as All Things Grey (2012), Memory Remains & Memory Remains Deluxe Edition (2014) and Sekusile (2015). Last year, Kabomo released a double album titled Unapologetic, which consisted of two parts; one hip-hop and the other house. On his latest album, the artist isn't trying to be many things at once. Considering the title, the album is obviously a sequel to All Things Grey. Old fans will definitely be impressed.

Download All Things Red here.

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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