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The 13 Best South African Songs of the Month

South African songs that caught our attention this month featuring AKA, YoungstaCPT, TRESOR, Nakhane and more.

Our list of the best South African songs of the month includes new singles that dropped in January (and late December) alongside those that were highlighted by getting the visual treatment.

Check out our selections below, which feature TRESOR, AKA, Revivolution and Mx Blouse among others.

The list is in no particular order.


TRESOR ft. AKA “Electric Night”

The latest single to TRESOR's new album, Nostalgia, lives up to the project's name. It references '80s disco and South Africa's bubblegum, a sound AKA, who's featured in the song, has been experimenting with.

Check out TRESOR's new album, Nostalgia, here.

YoungstaCPT “Own 2019”

YoungstaCPT's "Own 2019" was produced by Psyko Beats, who has produced all the previous "Own…" songs. In the trach, YoungstaCPT is in his element, telling his story using accessible metaphors, similes and punchlines.

RMBO (ft. Siya Shezi, Scarface Manolo & Khaz Money) “Vibe”

"Vibe" is the first single to RMBO's upcoming project, which will be titled 20/20. The song features Siya Shezi, Khaz Money and Scarface Manolo (from the band RADIO 123), and is classic kwaito as you loved it in the 90s, from the slow tempo to the big bassl ine and the bounce that can't be described but felt.

Read more about RMBO's upcoming project here.

Revivolution “Skyf” (feat. Revivo, illy, Ferno, Tony & fuSion)

In their latest single "Skyf," members of Revivolution take turns to deliver potent verses over a bass-heavy trap instrumental that leads with a recurring 8-bit tingle.

AKA ft Yanga Chief “Jika”

"Jika" is the latest single from AKA's 2019 album, the platinum-certified Touch My Blood. "Jika," which features Yanga Chief, is popstar-AKA in full force, as the artist croons over an instrumental that is a fit for wedding dance routines. In the video, AKA and Yanga are living their best lives as grown versions of themselves.

Mx Blouse “No Match”

Mx Blouse released their first single of 2019, which is about getting over someone who they were with. The song has a heavy kwaito influence, and is accompanied by a stunning video that exhibits the power of minimalism.

Nakhane ft. ANOHNI “New Brighton”

In his latest single, Nakhane asks why places in South Africa still bear their colonial names. In typical Nakhane fashion, the lyrics are subtle and you can miss their meaning if you don't listen attentively enough.

Tellaman (ft. Shekhinah & Nasty C) “Whipped”

Three of the hottest young artists from Durban get together for a lovely tune that feels like the warm Durban see breeze. Taking a leaf from 80s' pop sonically, "Whipped" sees Tellaman, Shekhinah and Nasty C admit to being so in love nothing else matters.

Shane Eagle “Ride Dolo-What You Wanna Be”

An outstanding double barrel from Shane Eagle's latest EP, Never Grow Up, "Ride Dolo-What You Wanna Be" sees Shane muse about different aspects of his life from the love of his life, and how his career has taken off, as he rides dolo in his Polo.

Robin Thirdfloor “Ayashisa Amateku”

On "Ayashisa Amateku," Robin Thirdlfloor sticks to his mashup of hip-hop, kwaito and electronic music, which he has explored in his previous projects. The song is light-hearted and in it, the MC flexes his moves and touches on his love for kicks.

PatricKxxLee (ft. Costa Tich) “No No No”

PatricKxxLee and Costa Tich share a lean offbeat bass-laden instrumental and populate all that space with their big personalities and energetic rhymes in this new single.

Read: PatricKxxLee's Latest Album 'Nowhere Child' Is Depression Without the Glamor

DJ Citi Lyts “Cel’ Ukuthi” (ft. Touchline, Gigi Lamayne and Red Button)

"Cel' Ukuthi" is a new age kwaito banger that should be your jam as you celebrate what's left of the summer. Citi Lyts assembles an unexpected team team of rappers that, however, makes a lot of sense and sound great together. While sweating on the dance floor to this song, don't overlook the bars on display on here.

Thesis ZA “IIntloni” (feat. Sky Dladla)

Cape Town jazz-soul duo Thesis ZA are a serious force of nature. Their latest single "Iintloni," displays their effortless and powerful vocals and their chemistry. The song was inspired by Feminist scholar and author Dr Pumla Gqola's book on Simphiwe Dana titled, A Renegade Called Simphiwe.

Yugen Blakrok "Picture Box"

Yugen Blakrok's latest single from her upcoming sophomore album is as raw as its catchy. The MC takes a swipe at the idiot box and provides alternatives to sitting and staring at a screen for most of your life.


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ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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