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The 23 Best South African Songs of the Month

Featuring TNS, Muzi, Makwa, Ami Faku and more.

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

Check out our selections below, which feature Makwa, Muzi, Ami Faku, TNS and Samthing Soweto, among others.

The list is in no particular order.

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


​Mx Blouse "Piesang Kop"

Mx Blouse's latest EP is yet another millennial take on kwaito. "Piesang Kop" is one of the songs you are likely to fall in love with.

​TNS (ft. Sonto) "Make Money"

A pure deep house night stalker from TNS' new album Madlokovu King of African House.

​Muzi (ft. Espacio Dios) "Good Vibes Only"

Muzi's latest single has many layers, it sounds full and is laced with potent vocals from both Muzi and his guest Espacio Dios.

​Makwa (ft. MarazA and AKA) "Ayipheli"

An unlikely combination that you didn't know you needed. "Ayipheli" is highly inspired by 90s kwaito, like most of Makwa's production, and has the potential to be the song of the summer.

​Samthing Soweto "Isphithiphithi"

"Isphithiphithi" has the feel of 80s and 90s wedding songs like Brenda Fassie's "Vulindlela." "Isphithiphithi" is a lovely song, and one that's danceable too.

​K.O. (ft. Wizkid & DJ Maphorisa) "Ghetto Boyz"

K.O. enlists Wizkid's vocals and Maphorisa's production for one of the strongest songs in his latest album PTY UnLTD. "Ghetto Boyz" is hard to hate, everything just falls in place.

​Sjava (ft. Madala Kunene) "Thina Asizazi"

Sjava and veteran musician Madala kuene deliver a vintage maskandi tune in which they aim to remind the Zulus of who they are, where they come from and call them out for abandoning their culture.

​Tshego "Right Now"

"Right Now" is one of the most enjoyable songs on Tshego's debut album Pink Panther. It's playful with some touches of sophistication.

​Ami Faku "Mbize"

Ami Faku's soulful vocals sit perfectly over 37MPH's electronic production.

​Nasty C "God Flow"

Nasty C's being his usual self, rapping intimidatingly over an ice-cold trap banger.

​Prince Kaybee (ft. Indlovukazi) "Monasi"

Fresh off their smash hit "Gugulethu," Prince Kaybee and Indlovukazi connect again for another heater.

​BLK JKS (ft. Morena Leraba) "Harare"

BLK JKS blend funk, folk music and rock, and spice it up with raps from famo rapper Morena Leraba in the single to their upcoming album, a follow-up to 2009's After Robots.

Solo (ft. Langa Mavuso) "See Plenty Dreams"

Solo speaks on South Africa's complex history and reveals himself as a person who's had an awakening of some sort. His pristine raps are accompanied by a solid hook from Langa Mavuso.

DJ Tira (ft. Junior Taurus & DJ Vettys) "uMgijimi"

DJ Tira's attempt at amapiano yields great results on 'uMgijimi," a song from his new album Ikhenani.

​Indigo Stella "You Say"

"You Say" sees the talented rapper tell the story of unrequited love over a nostalgic 90s-reminiscent beat. Indigo Stella is one of the most promising rappers in the country, be sure to not sleep on her new EP Indigo.

​Flame (ft. Ecco) "Home Run"

Flame highlights "Home Run" from his stellar album CandyMan with emotional visuals that show us Flame's real home and mother.

​Big Zulu "Ungqongqoshe Wongqongqoshe (50 Bars)"

Big Zulu charges on the opening song of his new album, which also happens to be the title track. He takes aims at rappers he feels are lesser, drops a few names and throws some subliminal messages. His punchlines are relentless and with a delivery like that, every line sounds believable.

​DJ Lag (ft. Moonchild Sanelly) "Uhuru Dis"

DJ Lag passes a spacious and empty beat to Moonhcild Sanelly who fills it up with her big personality and catchy lines.

​Major League DJz (ft. Focalistic) "Overload"

Major League DJz and Focalistic give their collaboration the visual treatment. The song's meaning is now clearer as the video depicts a woman with an "overloaded" behind.

Miss Pru "Sondela" (ft. Blaq Diamond, Loyiso, LaSauce, Lisa & Cici)

Maybe the video is substandard, but the song is a gem of note. Some artists on the Ambitiouz Entertainment roster gather for a lovey-dovey Afropop tune that deserves a spot on your playlist.

Black Coffee (ft. Usher) "LaLaLa"

"LaLaLa" combines the soulful vocals of Usher with Black Coffee's spacious house production. There's no way you won't love it.

pH Raw X (ft. Sho Madjozi) "Ibeballinho"

On "Ibeballinho," pH Raw X and Sho Madjozi share a catchy trap beat with a quaking bassline, which they lace with fitting raps. The two rappers look on the video as happy as they sound on the song.

​Sho Madjozi "John Cena"

Launched on A Colors Show, "John Cena" is poised to be Sho Madjozi's biggest single to date. She's using her tried and tested formula of rapping over gqom beats.


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



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Interview: Reekado Banks Is Coming For Everything

We talk to the Nigerian star about 2020, his latest Off the Record EP, and what his aims are for the future.

Joy is a theme that Reekado Banks keeps returning towards. In an arduous year additionally defined by landmark movements across the world, the 26-year-old musician born Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon has managed to find pockets of happiness wherever he can. It has not always been easy to maintain that perspective in a year such as this.

After opening the 2020 at full speed with a series of tour dates, determined to kick off the second part of his career properly, COVID-19 struck. And with Nigerian borders closed for a while, the musician had to stay put in Gabon for much of lockdown and its immediate aftermath. "That time was a period for me to grow personally and I really took my time to do that," he shares during our Zoom call.

Much of his growth, as a person and musician, is trackable on Off The Record, the recently released seven-song extended play that has been a little over a year in the works. "Off The Record was conceived in 2019," he admits. The result of all those months of tweaking and delays is a delightful display of Reekado Banks' new-found penchant for minimalist production that accentuates the range of his serene vocals, giving way to stellar collaborations with Tiwa Savage on "Speak To Me," and Harmonize on "Mama."

Still, Reekado is quick to warn that he's only getting started, making mention of the stash of music that he still has to choose from even as he continues to write more songs. The aim is to come for everything he has always wanted. "Right now, I really just want more and the hunger is crazier," he says with all seriousness at the tail-end of our conversation.

Below, we talk about 2020, life, Off The Record, and what his aims are.

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