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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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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