The 9 Best South African Songs of the Month (October)

Featuring DJ Maphorisa, Cooper Pabi, Musa Keys, DJ Sliqe, A-Reece, and more.

Here are the South African songs and music videos that caught our attention this month.

Head here for more of our Best Songs of the Month lists from Nigeria, Ghana, South African and East Africa. You can also check out our weekly, Songs You Need to Hear roundup for the best new music.

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Tresor Is Adding an African Touch to Global Pop's Soundscape

We talk to the South African-based superstar about his collaborations and songwriting for Drake—and setting the blueprint for future African stars.

No other South African-based pop artist has been as dominant as Tresor in recent years. When I last spoke with him two years ago, the three-time winner for Best Pop Album at the South African Music Awards (SAMA’s) was on the verge of putting out the Amapiano-influenced album Rumble In The Jungle, a 13-track collaboration with Scorpion Kings, the duo of DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small.

Since the release of Rumble in The Jungle in April 2021, Amapiano has congealed itself into the fibers of global acceptance; becoming the fire-starter at parties and a get-away riddim on vacations. Alongside the upsurge in love for the South African-originated genre, Tresor has become a sought-after vocalist and songwriter globally, working with names such as Drake, Metallica, and Tems. “I feel like I am more rooted in my purpose as an artist. I understand my place as an artist, which is always going to be pushing boundaries and the envelope for music globally and not just from the continent," Tresor says while decked in a cozy red sweater and fiddling with a guitar.

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