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10 South African YouTubers You Need To Be Watching

These are the top 10 South African YouTubers around right now.

South Africa's video blogging scene is steadily growing as a lot of opinionated young people are taking advantage of the tools and platforms at their disposal to tell their own stories, express themselves, or just make their fans laugh.


While a large number of vloggers opt to share their videos on Facebook because of ease of access, their YouTube numbers are impressive too.

From the hilarious Fash Ngobese, to the unrelenting Sibu Mpanza, the quirky Pap Culture, and the humorous Mark Futzgibbon, among others, we bring you 10 South African vloggers worth checking out as you procrastinate to study or abuse your office Wi-Fi connection on.

Check them out below, listed in no particular order.

1. Fash Ngobese aka Yes Fash

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Yes Fash's videos are mostly about how different types of people (race, gender, class) react to various scenarios. Fash's videos are humorous in that they are a tongue-in-cheek take on situations we all find ourselves in. And his ability to play different characters in one clip—think of Eddie Murphy or Tyler Perry—is so seamless, you forget it's just one person on the video.

Follow Fash Ngobese on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

2. Siyabulela Deli aka TaFire

TaFire is also great at impersonating different kinds of South Africans. One of his funniest videos is one in which he role plays how black, coloured and white Afrikaaner people would react if approached to taste a new burger from Burger King. His impersonations are hilarious and he's able to switch between the different accents seamlessly. TaFire's clips, which mostly go viral on Facebook, landed him a TV role on the soapies, Isibaya, last year.

Follow TaFire on Twitter, Facebook and and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

3. Pap Culture

Pap Culture is run by three vloggers, Nwabisa Mda, Thembe Mahlaba and Bongeka Masango. The trio tackle serious issues, such as rape culture, race, gender, hair, money and all kinds of isms, in a light-hearted but engaging way. Their videos are categorized into talks, challenges and their infamous dashboard cam. On their recent series, called #BehindTheseWalls, they ask personal questions to different celebrities of their choice. Pap Culture have hosted the likes of Kwesta, Lady Skollie, Anne Hirsch, and many other different personalities.

Follow Pap Culture on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

4. Sibu Mpanza

Sibu Mpanza is edgy and clever just like Pap Culture. His videos also tackle heavy topics, but with subtle humor, sarcasm, and sometimes using anecdotes to approach a topic. He comments on current issues ranging from politics, race, gender, and sexual violence, among others. Sibu is also a serial collaborator, having made videos with Microwave Boyz, Broke Niggaz, Okay Wasabi and Pap Culture, among others.

Follow Sibu Mpanza on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

5. Mark Fitzgibbon

Mark Fitzgibbon's vlogs poke fun at being young coloured, specifically Cape Coloured. He covers themes such as relationships, pop culture, and social issues in a light-hearted manner. He's made videos about not having abs, not having a winter bae, being harassed on a train, but one theme he keeps returning to is the "tief"–Cape Coloured slang for "bitch." A hilarious blogger, but not for the faint-hearted. You've been warned.

Follow Mark Fitzgibbon on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

6. Broke Niggaz

Broke Niggaz is a web reality series founded by vlogger Menzi Anarchadium. Him and his friends discuss issues that have to do with being young, black and, well, broke. Their videos are quirky, funny, and sadly relatable, as they touch on issues like struggling with adulating and the hypocrisy of the internet, among other issues that a young black man who's either a student or a young professional struggles with.

Follow Anarchadium on Twitter, and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

7. The Microwave Boys

The Microwave Boys are a trio of friends who host a show in which they give their take on current issues, from Migos and Joe Budden's "beef" to Grace Mugabe's shenanigans, and everything in between. If watching three energetic and highly-opinionated dudes dissect current affairs and pop culture while laughing hysterically is your thing, then The Microwave Boys are here for you.

Follow The Microwave Boys on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to Anarchadium's YouTube channel for their videos.

8. Lasizwe Dambuza

Lasizwe Dambuza makes videos of different scenarios such as how a black girl reacts to being spanked during sex, how black students get baffled by Afrikaans exams, how black parents respond to their kids coming out. But his most popular videos is a parody of media personality Bonang Matheba's reality show "Being Bonang," in which Lasizwe imagines Queen B's reaction to allegations against boyfriend AKA cheating on her. Lasizwe is a shape shifter who can emulate all kinds of people.

Follow Lasizwe Dambuza on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

9. Theodora Lee

Theodora Lee's vlogs are halfway between light-hearted and serious. Using her life experiences as an entry point, she reflects and give tips on issues such as mental illness, dating, beauty and health. If you would like to get into the head of a young South African trying to make sense of the world around her, while getting your funny bone tickled, Theo is your girl.

Follow Theodora Lee on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to her YouTube channel.

10. Okay Wasabi

Okay Wasabi, who's also a rapper, makes parodies of hip-hop songs, an art that isn't that big in South Africa. His parody of DJ Citi Lyts' hit single " Vura," is called "Dudla," and revolves around being overweight. He has made parodies of hip-hop hits such as Anatii and AKA's "The Saga," Emtee's "Roll Up," and a few more. But Wasabi's videos go beyond hip-hop parodies. He also does some comedy skits, and his latest series is called 'Kota Past 9," in which he and his friend Daliii taste kotas from different neighborhoods.

Follow Okay Wasabi on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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