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The 19 Best South African Songs of the Month

Featuring Major League DJz, Zoocci Coke Dope, Kabza De Small and more.

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

Check out our selections below, which feature Major League DJz, Zoocci Coke Dope and Kabza De Small among others.

The list is in no particular order.

Follow our MZANSI HEAT playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


Major League DJz (ft. Nasty C) “Bandz Up”

Nasty C pulls out different tools out of his arsenal—he raps and sings about the joys of being moneyed. "Bandz Up" is the perfect soundtrack for payday.

Nadia Nakai "Amai"

For the "Amai" visuals, Nadia Nakai gets as vulnerable as she is on the song. The video shows the process of Nadia getting immortalized by an artist who creates a bust of the South African/Zimbabwean rapper.

Sliqe ft. Emtee and K.O "Injayam”

One of the strongest songs from Sliqe's new album Injayam, Vol. 2. "Injayam" is one of those collaborations that was clearly started from scratch and both rappers were in studio at the same time to create magic.

AKA x YoungstaCPT "Main Ou's"

One of the most anticipated collaborations of the year didn't disappoint. AKA and YoungstaCPT drop standout verses and share the hook, resulting in an exquisite banger that your playlist deserves.

Yanga Chief 'Utatakho Remix' ft.. Riky Rick, Dee Koala and Boity

A remix that lived up to all the hype around it. Every verse stands out, and once again, Boity proves she can actually rap.

Shane Eagle ft. Nasty C “PARIS”

Two of the country's top lyricists make strong cases for being the greatest of their generation, and it's the listener who wins. "PARIS" is just bars and bars and only.

Bongeziwe Mabandla “Jikeleza”

As is always the case with Bongeziwe's music, "Jikeleza" blends the tingly traditional folk music guitar with modern contraptions like synths and pads.

Zoocci Coke Dope (ft. Ami Faku) 

An unlikely collaboration, "Regrets" is somber in mood, as it's built over a gloomy piano. Ami Faku's verse glides over the keys, before the drums kick in with Zoocci's verse.

Focalistic (ft. Emtee) “Klippa”

Focalistic and Emtee share a trap instrumental for the catchy and banging track that sadly only lasts for less than three minutes. Which is a good excuse to run it back.

Laliboi “Emonti”

"Emonti" is the first solo single from one half of RADIO123, Laliboi. Impeccable storytelling is accompanied by electronic production and traditional Xhosa vocals. You'll love it.

Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa “Sax ke Sax” (ft. Lihle Bliss)

From Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa's latest collaborative project, Piano Hub, "Sax Ke Sax" is one of the standout songs. Sexual innuendos and hypnotic amapiano production always go well together. You might hate yourself for it, but you'll love it nonetheless.

Tony X “Lerato”

A danceable R&B tune from Tony, a member of the Punchline gang.

Zoë Modiga “LENGOMA”

Zoë Modiga returns with a different sound, and you'll love it, because some artists just can't do no wrong, and she's one of them. "LENGOMA" is heavy on percussion, and Zoë takes a more traditional approach than usual on her vocals.

DJ Speedsta “Oneida” (ft. Una Rams, C Tea and Buffalo Soulja)

"Oneida" takes a lot of inspiration from Afro beats and is danceable, a perfect fit for the summer. The song is the lead single to DJ Speedsta's latest EP which is befittingly titled Palm Trees & Pretty Girls. The project consists of six songs that will teleport you to a world like the one where Speedsta and the model are in the music video for "Oneida."

Solo “Two by Two” (ft. Buks)

Solo treats the lead single to his latest album C.Plenty.Dreams with visuals—which is essentially an aftermovie of his extravagant wedding with long-time girlfriend, actress and singer Dineo Moeketsi.

Amarafleur “DontLetGo”

Amarafleur sings about unrequited love with no discernible effort over layered electronic production.

Gigi Lamayne (ft. Eminent Fam) “Koze Kube Nini”

Gigi Lamayne highlights her collaboration with Eminent fam from her current EP, Job Woods, as a single by sharing a music video. The video depicts a story of gender-based violence, which is in line with the song's messaging.

Muzi (ft. Samthing Soweto) “Mncane”

Two of the most exciting acts in South Africa right now gather for a song that references the late Brown Dash. Samthing Soweto's special voice finds a new home on Muzi's Afrocentric electronic production.

Sliqe “Fresh Jig” (ft. Champagne69, 25K & Maglera Doe Boy)

South Africa's new wave is onto something, and this collaboration assembled by Sliqe in his latest album Injayam, Vol. 2 will convince any non-believers. The song displays the diversity of the scene, which is what makes South African hip-hop what it is.


Follow our MZANSI HEAT playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.



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The Best East African Songs of the Month

2020 started strong with standout releases from some of the region's heavyweights.

East African Artists started 2020 on a good note with major releases from heavyweights like Rayvanny, Lava Lava, Otile Brown and more. Here is our selection of the hottest tracks that came out in the month of January.

This list is no particular order.

Rayvanny ft Busiswa & Baba Levo “Zipo”

Tanzanian superstar Rayvanny is building up a great catalogue of hit songs with a healthy number of Pan-African collaborations. In his latest banger "Zipo" he enlists South African sensation Busiswa and Baba Levo to create a dance-ready kwaito and g-qom mashup.

Otile Brown “The Way You Are”

Kenyan bongo star Otile Brown started the year with a new release title "The Way You Are", a song telling women of all shapes, colours and sizes to love themselves the way they are.

Lava Lava ft Rayvanny “Tekenya”


WCB Wasafi talent Lava Lava got together with his label-mate Rayvanny for the "Tekenya" Remix. This catchy rendition is a sure hit.

King Kaka ft. Kelechi Africana  “Kesi”

Kenyan rap heavyweight King Kaka returned in the new year with 'Kesi", the newest single from his 'The Servant & The King' mixtape. He features Kelechi Africana on this love-inspired track.

Harmonize “Hainistui”

Tanzania's biggest star of the moment served us his first single of the year "Hainistui", and as expected, he doesn't disappoint.

Spice Diana “On You”

Ugandan pop star Spice Diana came through this month with a fiery club starter titled "On You." The fast-rising singer incorporates flirty lyrics into this infectious dancehall-tinged jam.

Sailors and Nadia Mukami “Ni Tekenye”

Kenyan Gengetone sensations Sailors teamed up with award-winning songstress Nadia Mukami for their latest track "Ni Tekenye." The group, which is well known for igniting last year's "Wamblambez" craze, take a different direction on this track incorporating a smoother and more romantic delivery.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Shatta Wale, Strongman, Kiddblack, Bryan The Mensah and more.

It's a brand new year, and you know what that means – brand new music!

As we began the year, several Ghanaian recording artists issued new releases, some attempting to re-up on the magic of last year, and some attempting to stake a new claim on the airwaves and charts in 2020.

We give you a list of the best songs to come out of Ghana in January. Check it out below.

The list is in no particular order.

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Stormzy performs during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) via Getty Images.

Watch Stormzy's Powerful BRIT Awards Performance Featuring Burna Boy

The night saw the British-Ghanaian star run through a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head.

The BRIT Awards 2020, which went down earlier this week, saw the likes of Stormzy take home the Best Male trophy home and Dave win Best Album.

The night also saw Stormzy deliver a stunning performance that featured a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head. The British-Ghanaian star started things out slow with "Don't Forget to Breathe," before popping things off with "Do Better" then turning up the heat with "Wiley Flow."

Stormzy nodded to J Hus, playing a short bit of "Fortune Teller," before being joined onstage by Nigeria's Burna Boy to perform their hit "Own It." Burna Boy got his own moment and performed an energetic rendition of his African Giant favorite "Anybody."

The night was closed off with a powerful message that read: "A lot of time they tell us 'Black people, we too loud.' Know what I'm sayin'? We need to turn it down a little bit. We seem too arrogant. We a little too much for them to handle. Black is beautiful man." The message flashed on a black screen before a moving performance of "Rainfall" backed by his posse.

Watch the full performance below.

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The ornate gilded copper headgear, which features images of Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles, was unearthed after refugee-turned-Dutch-citizen Sirak Asfaw contacted Dutch 'art detective' Arthur Brand. (Photo by Jan HENNOP/AFP) (Photo by JAN HENNOP/AFP via Getty Images)

A Stolen 18th Century Ethiopian Crown Has Been Returned from The Netherlands

The crown had been hidden in a Dutch apartment for 20 years.

In one of the latest developments around art repatriation, a stolen 18th century Ethiopian crown that was discovered decades ago in the Netherlands, has been sent back home.

Sirak Asfaw, an Ethiopian who fled to The Netherlands in the '70s, first found the relic in the suitcase of a visitor in 1998, reports BBC Africa. He reportedly protected the item for two decades, before informing Dutch "art crime investigator" Arthur Brand and authorities about his discovery last year.

The crown is one of only 20 in existence and features intricate Biblical depictions of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. Historians believe it was given to the church by the warlord Welde Sellase several centuries ago.

Read: Bringing African Artifacts Home

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