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Songs Of The Month: March 2020

The 13 Best South African Songs of the Month (March)

Featuring Nasty C, King Monada, Shabaka and The Ancestors and more.

Our list of the best South African songs of the month includes new singles that dropped in March, alongside those that were highlighted by getting the music video treatment.

Check out our selections below, which feature Nasty C, King Monada, Shabaka and The Ancestors and more among others.

The list is in no particular order.

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Nasty C "There They Go"

For his debut single with Def Jam Recordings, Nasty C crafts another bouncy single laced with potent raps and supported by a catchy hook.

J Smash "Hold on Me" (featuring KLY, Jay Claude & Ka$hcpt)

The first single from J Smash's upcoming Monumental EP is a R&B tune that is weaved together by the vocals of KLY, Jay Claude and Ka$hcpt).

​2pm DJs "Do It Better" (featuring) (featuring Emtee, Gigi Lamayne, Zaddy Swag, Touchline)

2pm DJs curated a solid lineup of rappers to devour a trap instrumental with potent verses.

​Costa Titch "Thembi" (featuring Boity)

In his latest single "Thembi," Costa Titch reminds his doubters they had no faith in him, but the joke is now on them. The song comes with yet another strong verse from Boity.

​Simphiwe Dana "Uzokhala"

The second song to be released from Bamako, Simphiwe Dana's upcoming album is "Uzokhala." The song's Malian flavor is owed to production by Salif Keita.

​Shabaka and The Ancestors "You've Been Called"

It could have been any song from Shabaka and The Ancestors' latest album, We Are Sent Here By History. Our choice is the second song in the project "You've Been Called." Vocalist Siya Mthembu's wide voice is enveloped by tinkling keys and an anomalous bass line.

​DJ Zinhle x Dr Duda (featuring Lucille Slade) "Go!"

DJ Zinhle and Dr Duda enlist the unique vocal skills of Lucille Slade on their single "Go!," a colorful vocal house tune that might become an anthem in the near future.

​The Big Hash "Again"

The Big Hash croons over a thumping bassline and whizzing pads about a person in his life who he has some business to settle with. The Big Hash is in his feelings lately, as his last release was equally somber and R&B-leaning.

​PatricKxxLee "Hi, I'm a Loner"

PatricKxxLee shared a triumphant declaration of being a loner—a perfect personality type in the times of lockdowns and social distancing stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic the world is currently battling.

​Buli "Summer Nights"

"Sumer Nights," the latest song from Buli's upcoming album Blue lives up to its name—a breeze of pads travels behind bright keys that are reminiscent of the liveliness of the summer.

​Loki (featuring K.O.) "Section"

Skhandaworld signee Loki gets assistance from his boss K.O in his latest single "Section." The young rapper carries the torch for modern kasi rap.

King Monada "Ex Ya Drama"

The title track from King Monada's new album Ex Ya Drama sees the Limpopo producer interpret amapiano while adding his trademark touch alongside Tshego who's fast becoming one of his favorite collaborators.

​F-Eezy "Sab' iGoli"

One of South African hip-hop's most respected storytellers takes his listener through the grimy streets of Joburg where you have to constantly watch yourself.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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