The 13 Best South African Songs of The Month

Featuring Ginger Trill, Ami Faku, Solo, J Molley and more.

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

Check out our selections for the month of June below, which feature Ginger Trill, Ami Faku, Solo, J Molley and others.

The list is in no particular order.

For more SA hits, follow our MZANSI HEAT playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

READ: The WAV 2019: 10 Artists Shaping the Future of South African Music


Kid Tini ft. Styles P and Stogie T “Get Money”

Kid Tini roped in rap veterans Styles P and Stogie T for a bar fest over an ominous instrumental. "Get Money" had many a hip-hop head quoting and deciphering lines when the song dropped. The song was given a visual interpretation by a world class music video.

Prince Kaybee (ft. Indlovukazi, Supta, Afro Brothers) "Gugulethu"

Prince Kaybee has another hit in his hands. The song "Gugulethu" from his current album Re-Mmino has been playing everywhere you go in South Africa. The song features vocals sung in SiSwati by Indlovukazi, Supta and Afro Brothers. To officially highlight the song, the artist shot a memorable video in Gugulethu, Cape Town. The visuals show Kaybee cruising in a Gusheshe in the streets of Gugs, while featured vocalist Indlovukazi performs in different locations in the same hood. The highlight of the video, however, has to be the dancing, mostly from Cape Town talent.

Solo (ft. Buks) “Two by Two”

After marrying the love of his life last month, Solo released a heartwarming song. "Two by Two," which boasts an expensive sounding hook from Buks, has sprinkles of 80s' pop. A sound Solo and Buks have explored before.

Lady Zamar (ft. Rapsody) “Freedom (Monarch)”

Rapsody sounds at home over the song's fast-paced instrumental, and Lady Zamar's vocals don't disappoint as usual. "Freedom" is the best of both worlds, as it morphs from house to trap with a mean bassline, especially on Lady Zamar's parts.

Lucille Slade “Velvet”

Lucille Slade's golden voice sits perfectly over sultry R&B production on "Velvet." Released in May, the single just got treated to a sensual music video that sees the singer dancing racily.

​Sun-El Musician ft. Ami Faku "Into Ingawe"

Afro soul newcomer Ami Faku collaborates with house producer Sun-El Musician on this motivational tune that also doubles as a dance floor packer.

Top ‘n Trill “Going 2, Coming From”

Ginger Trill and Top's collaborative EP is not all that. But a few songs are worth your while, one of them being "Going 2, Coming From." From production to raps, delivery and the hook, it's a decent song with decent replay value. It's a pity the same can't be said about most of the EP.

FonZo “Fell Asleep on the Couch”

FonZo reflects on how different life was when he was younger to what it is now, from liking things one used to speak down upon, to waking up on the couch if you ever pass out on the couch. FonZo's storytelling is one of his strongest traits as an MC, and on "Fell Asleep on the Couch," he doesn't disappoint.

Gemini Major (ft. Nasty C and Tellaman) “Right Now”

Gemini Major invited fellow Durbanites Tellaman and Nasty C for his latest single "Right Now." Nasty C handles the chorus and the first verse before Gemini Major and Tella finish off what's already a slapper with equally engaging verses. Smoky synths and 808s give the song texture while the three close friends exhibit their different personalities and artist traits with an undeniable chemistry.

J Molley “Flower Child”

J Molley is growing right before our eyes. "Flower Child" reveals a less cynical version of the artist—the song is as serene as its music video.

Rouge “Bazically”

"Bazically" is nothing special, but the beat bangs, and Rouge, as usual, does wonders over it. It will highly likely be a hit, but it wants to be her hit "Dololo" so bad.

B3nchMarQ ft. Flame “Hyperbolic Chamber”

Former The Wrecking Crew members B3nchMarQ and Flame dropped a banger from the B3nchMarQ duo's upcoming EP ASPEN 2, a sequel to their debut EP ASPEN. A solid hook from Flame complements the duo's raps that are easy on the ear, as is usually the case.

YoungstaCPT “The Cape of Good Hope”

YoungstaCPT highlights "The Cape of Good Hope," a standout from his latest album 3T, as a single. In the video, he showcases different parts of Cape Town. While most of his videos are shot solely in the hood, "Cape of Good Hope," shows a few of the city's touristy places such as Clifton Beach, alongside middle- and working-class areas like Wynberg.


For more SA hits, follow our MZANSI HEAT playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


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Maeva Heim is the Founder the Beauty Industry Has Been Waiting on

The 31-year-old founder of Bread Beauty Supply is changing the conversation around haircare for textured hair.

It's nearing 9 p.m. in Australia, and Maeva Heim is dimly lit from behind and smiling warmly at her computer screen, ready to talk shop. We're here to discuss hair care, namely her brand Bread Beauty Supply, and how black beauty has made the globe smaller.

The 31-year-old is the founder of Bread Beauty Supply, a haircare line that encourages all textures and curl patterns to come as they are. "We don't want to tell you what to do with your hair. Enough people do that already," Heim says of Bread's brand philosophy. "We are just here to provide really good products for whatever you want to do with your hair at any point and not dictate to you how things should be. We're just women making the good products. You're making the good hair, and that's it. We're not here to define the rules."

But it's impossible to talk about recent strides in beauty products for textured hair without talking about the summer of 2020. In the weeks following the murder of George Floyd in the United States, a crescendo of cries rallied through global streets asking for not just equality but equity. The world watched with scrutiny as black boxes filled social feeds and brands made pledges to diversity. Those calls pinged from executive boards to the shelves of some of the world's largest beauty retailers. Meanwhile, after years of formulation, fundraising, and perfecting formulas and ingredients during a global pandemic, Maeva Heim introduced Bread beauty to the world in a perfect storm of timing and execution. The July 2020 launch filled a wide gap for Black beauty between homemade beauty products and behemoth beauty brands as Heim focused on an often under-explored direct-to-consumer middle.

Lauded on social media for their innovative packaging and nostalgic scents (the brand's award-winning hair oil smells like Froot Loops), Bread is a brand that makes hair care basics for not-so-basic hair. Typically, women with textured hair have not been included in the conversations around the idea of "'lazy girl hair" with minimal and effortless maintenance and styling - something Heim wanted to change. Part of Bread's mission is deleting category terms from the brand language – e.g. 'anti-frizz — that the brand feels unnecessarily demonizes characteristics that are natural to textured hair.

Photo courtesy of Bread Beauty

Born and raised in Peth, Western Australia, to an Ivorian mother and a French father, Heim grew up as one of the few Black kids in her neighborhood. Her days weaved between school and helping her mother run her braiding salon, one of the only of its kind in 1990's Australia. From sweeping floors, answering phones, and assisting with product orders, Heim's introduction to the world of beauty was rooted in the practice of doing.

Heim would go on to study business and law at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, before working in marketing at L'Oréal, followed by an internship at Procter & Gamble in Singapore. But it wasn't until her relaxer exploded in her luggage during a flight between New York and Chicago that she began to think seriously about not only her personal hair journey but also about the beauty industry's gaps.

After ditching chemical hair-relaxer and returning to her natural texture, she pitched her idea to Sephora and, in 2019, was selected as one of the first-ever Australian participants in the Sephora Accelerate program, securing a launch deal for both in-store and online.

But what's most striking about Heim, aside from her penchant for focusing on the brand and the consumer, is her focus on the innovation gaps for Black beauty products. Uniquely shy on social media but poignantly focused on every nuance of her brand and serving Bread's prior overlooked customer base, Maeva is the founder the beauty world has been waiting for.

*This interview has been condensed and edited for length and clarity

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