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10 Dope South African Albums & EPs That Came Out This Month

Here are 10 dope South African albums and EPs that dropped in January and fell on our radar.

January for many of us was just trying to survive on that R200 that was left over from the reckless spending of the festive season.

Luckily, we had some great tunes as our soundtrack while trying to achieve the impossible, from artists such as TRESOR, Wordz, Mr Beef, Chianosky and *Shane Eagle.

Below, are 10 dope South African albums and EPs that dropped in January and fell on our radar. listed in no particular order.

*Shane Eagle's EP came out towards the end of December while we were on break, so we included it in the January list.


Zoocci Coke Dope x Die Mondez 'Die Dope'

Zoocci Coke Dope and his long-time friend Die Mondez dropped a collaborative EP that showcases their chemistry and their abilities. Bass-heavy trap production plays the perfect backdrop for the two to drop witty punchlines in their raps and melodies.

uSanele 'Gangular'

uSanele merged different genres—hip-hop, kwaito, goqm and even folk—in his latest EP. Light on the ear, and full of braggadocio rhymes about looking great and rocking the freshest kicks, Gangular sure deserves a spot on your collection.

TRESOR 'Nostalgia'

If you miss the good old days, TRESOR's album will teleport you back to them, at least musically. Nostalgia sees the Congolese-born South Africa-based musician fuse the different genres he grew up to, from mbhaqanga to disco into his contemporary pop.

Shane Eagle 'Never Grow Up.'

Dropped towards the end of December, Never Grow Up is half celebratory, half introspective. Shane Eagle rides jazzy samples, with varying flows and personality. He raps about his success, his fears, his triumphs, his father, the game and more topics in just seven songs.

DJ Speedsta 'Bottlebrush Str'

DJ Speedsta curated a compilation of unlikely collaborations featuring both established (Stogie T, Da L.E.S, Zingah) and up-and-coming artists (Espiquet, CrownedYung). If you love your hip-hop mixed with RnB, don't not listen to Bottlebrush Str.

Mr Beef 'Strada'

If you love street raps and you are not a Mr Beef fan, you need to question your existence. Mr Beef is the hardest in the game, and Strada (which translate to "street"), is Beef doing what he does best—telling you about the streets in his raw deep voice. The EP features the single "Salad," which features his rap twin Reason. "Don't Quit" (feat. Blaklez, Reason & Kwesta), which appeared in 2016 EP, makes another appearance on Strada. We are not complaining.

Wordz 'Death B4 Dishonor'

The member of The Wrecking Crew, Wordz, dropped his solo EP, and it's a decent offering. Just like with most TWC releases, Death B4 Dishonor has predictable subject matter (money, bitches, weed… that type of stuff), but Wordz is such a great rapper, he will have you admiring the flair you'll look beyond the lack of diversity in the topics he raps about.

Chianosky 'Same Same But Different'

In her debut album, Chianosky sings over different production styles varying from trap to EDM. Guest appearances from the likes of K.O., Kwesta and Kly add to the variety of Same Same But Different.

Beatmochini x Zimkhitha 'ReBirth EP (No plan B: part 1)'

ReBirth EP (No plan B: part 1) by the singer Zimkhitha, is one of two interlinked EPs released by Pretoria producer Beatmochini. His clean production meets the equally pristine and soulful vocals of Zimkhitha. In just four songs, she covers various topics ranging from ambition, spirituality and love, among others, and she showcases the dynamics of her vocal abilities and varied singing styles.

Beatmochini x KhashanE "Finally Out EP (No plan B: part 2)"

Finally Out EP (No plan B: part 2) entirely produced by Beatmochini is by the MC KhashanE, who the producer has collaborated with many times before. As a result, their chemistry is undeniable. KhashanE's one of the most potent South African MCs to come out in last decade or so. And on the EP's seven songs, he displays his great traits—from clever similes and metaphors, great storytelling and crisp and surefooted delivery. His vocal projection sits perfectly over Beatmochini's warm and polished boom bap production.

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The Internet and its persistent, attention-seeking child, Social Media has changed the way we live, think and interact on a daily basis. But as this decade comes to a close, we want to highlight the ways in which people have merged digital technology, social media and ingenuity to fight for change using one of the world's newest and most potent devices—the hashtag.

What used to simply be the "pound sign," the beginning of a tic-tac-toe game or what you'd have to enter when interacting with an automated telephone service, the hashtag has become a vital aspect of the digital sphere operating with both form and function. What began in 2007 as a metadata tag used to categorize and group content on social media, the term 'hashtag' has now grown to refer to memes (#GeraraHere), movements (#AmINext), events (#InsertFriendsWeddingHere) and is often used in everyday conversation ("That situation was hashtag awkward").

The power of the hashtag in the mobility of people and ideas truly came to light during the #ArabSpring, which began one year into the new decade. As Tunisia kicked off a revolution against oppressive regimes that spread throughout North Africa and the Middle East, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook played a crucial role in the development and progress of the movements. The hashtag, however, helped for activists, journalists and supporters of causes. It not only helped to source information quickly, but it also acted as a way to create a motto, a war cry, that could spread farther and faster than protestors own voices and faster than a broadcasted news cycle. As The Guardian wrote in 2016, "At times during 2011, the term Arab Spring became interchangeable with 'Twitter uprising' or 'Facebook revolution,' as global media tried to make sense of what was going on."

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South Africa's Moonchild Sanelly returns with the Nüdes EP.

The highly-buzzing SA artist's latest project sees her expanding on her own brand of 'electro-pop-ghetto-funk' as she runs through four standout tracks that revolve around her outspoken stance on female sexual empowerment and more.

Nüdes features two previously heard hits from Moonchild Sanelly—the anti-fuck boy synth anthem "F-Boyz" and gqom-laced banger "Weh Mameh." It also includes two previously unreleased tracks in "Come Correct" and "Boys & Girls."

This year saw Moonchild Sanelly break charts and dance floors in South Africa and across the globe with her own sounds, as well as her big collaborations with Damon Albarn for Africa Express and Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift album.

We talked to Moonchild below about the new EP, during which she broke down all of the songs and even told us how she ended up on the Beyoncé album.

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It may surprise you to know that women's soccer was illegal in Brazil until 1981. And in the UK until 1971. And in Germany until 1970. You may have read that Sudan made its first-ever women's league earlier this year. Whatever the case, women and soccer have always had a rocky relationship.

It wasn't what women wanted. It certainly wasn't what they needed. However, society had its own ideas and placed obstacle after obstacle in front of women to keep ladies from playing the game. Just this year the US national team has shown the world that women can be international champions in the sport and not get paid fairly compared to their male counterparts who lose.

Kely Nascimento-DeLuca is looking to change that. As the daughter of international soccer legend Pelé, she is no stranger to the game. Growing up surrounded by the sport, she was actually unaware of the experiences women around the world were having with it. It was only recently that she discovered the hardships around women in soccer and how much it mirrored women's rights more generally.

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Nigerian Activist, Omoyele Sowore, Re-Arrested Just Hours After Being Released on Bail

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The journalist and founder of New York-based publication Sahara Reporters, had been released on bail the day before. He was arrested following his organization of nationwide #RevolutionNow protests in August. Since then, Sowore has remained in custody on what are said to be trumped-up charges, including treason, money laundering and stalking the president.

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