Zola 7. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Zola 7’s New Single ‘Skobho Ne-Hennessy’ is a Return to Form for The Kwaito Legend

Zola 7's new single is a serious heater.

You may or may not know this, but Zola aka Zola 7 is one of the most talented South African artists across all genres. Ever since he appeared on the SABC 1 hit drama series Yizo Yizo in the early 2000s, the artist dropped gem after gem. His is one of the most impressive four-album runs in kwaito with 2001's uMdlwembe, 2002's Khokhovula, 2003's Bhambatha and 2005's Ibutho. Then a hiatus disturbed his output, as the artist focused more on his TV career and philanthropy. Baby mama scandals plagued him, and he went from being the country's darling to a villain.

Impepho (2009), Unyezi (2011) and Intathakusa (2014), the albums he released after the hiatus had moments of brilliance, but mostly fell short. The albums came out in an era after many had pronounced the death of kwaito, as house and hip-hop became the genres of choice for most young South Africans.

His previous single "Ngmohla Wosindiso" from Intathakusa was honestly average.

Read: Hip-Hop & Kwaito's Long Love-Hate Relationship

His latest single, titled "Skobho Ne-Hennessy," however, reveals a razor-sharp Zola 7. The song is vintage Zola, as the artist sounds like his old confident self. He reps his hood over a recurring synthesizer sitting atop a mid-tempo rhythm.

In the aforementioned three albums that he released after his peak, the man sounded either uninspired or bitter (understandable, he had been through a lot). On "Skobho Ne-Hennessy," however, the kwaito star takes you on a day in the life of Zola 7 and his goons indulging on skobho and Hennessy. In the music video, they cruise in a convoy of Bimmers. The music video could have been better, but the song is just perfect. He even pays homage to fallen kwaito artists Brown Dash and Mandoza in one of his verses.

It's great hearing an artist who many of us grew up listening to still being able to release music that will catch our attention. Zola is one of the few kwaito artists who bridged the gap between kwaito and hip-hop, genres that for the longest time failed to see eye to eye. More about that here.

Watch the music video for "Skobho ne-Hennessy" below.

Zola7 - Skobho ne-Hennessy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com


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Solo and Kwesta share a bouncy kwaito beat on "Promises." Kwesta's at home over an instrumental of this kind. It's, however, a shift on Solo's side, who hasn't been known for new age kwaito. The rapper adapts his delivery accordingly, using fewer words than you'd normally expect in his verse.

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"85 to Africa" album art.

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Plus watch the music video for his latest single "Worth the Weight" featuring Seun Kuti.

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In the lead-up to the album's release, the artist dropped the singles "Tribe," "Sufi Woman" "Sou Sou," and "Zodi" featuring fellow Nigerian artist Mr Eazi. He also held several listening parties across the US ahead of its release, and from what we can tell from videos that have been circulating on social media—they've been a really great time for both Jidenna and his fans.

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A head-nodding Afro-R&B track produced by Killertunes.

Mr Eazi seems to be in unstoppable work mode right now as he's been popping up in big singles and collaborations all over the place this summer, as well as continuing his emPawa Africa initiative.

For his latest single, "Doyin," Eazi connects with Nigerian singer Simi for a head-nodding Afro-RnB track. The new song, which is built on woozy synthesizers and mid-tempo beat work, was produced by Killertunes. Eazi and Simi trade verses in the addictive single, which comes paired with a new music video directed by Manuel Concha.

Read: The Music Business of Mr Eazi

"Doyin" is the first song released through emPawa Distribution, a digital music aggregator focused solely on distributing African music, which Eazi announced after the success of emPawa Africa. Speaking of the initiative, emPawa Africa is now reopened to submissions that will help fund the music videos of 30 up-and-coming artists and offer mentorship from big name artists.

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Listen to Rick Jade (Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly)’s Album ‘D.N.A (Da New Africa)’

Rick Jade release their debut album.

Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly, collectively known as Rick Jade, aren't half-stepping. Today, the couple released their debut album D.N.A (Da New Africa).

D.N.A consists of 10 songs that dabble in pop, trap and even kwaito. Guest features on D.N.A include Forcalistic, KLY and some members of the collective Frsh Citizen, which Bontle and Priddy are part of.

In his previous projects, Priddy Ugly had some moments of showing emotion and sharing intimate details of his life. But on D.N.A, he explores that side of himself further.

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