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14 New South African Songs You Need to Hear

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Every week, we highlight the very best of South African music for your listening pleasure. Check out our selection of the best new South African songs you need to hear featuring music from Semi Tee, Nasty C, Boity, Willy Cardiac, Azana and more.

MaE ft. K.O – Navigator

The two former colleagues from Teargas band and Cashtime Life label teamed up for a very cool rap track. The visuals, shot in lockdown Johannesburg, features the two rappers freestyling and driving in the uptown areas of the empty city (Auckland Park, Sandton). 

Semi Tee ft. Ma Lemon– Lemonade

Semi Tee has promoted his February 2020 single “Lemonade” with an official music video. The song featured Ma Lemon and was released without much promo at that time.

DJ Juls ft Aymos – Tembisa

British-Ghanaian DJ and record producer, DJ Juls outdoors visuals to single “Tembisa” which taken off his recently released “Happy Place” EP. The soulful record features rising South African act Aymos, tapping into the amapiano sound. Aymos pays homage to his hometown Tembisa, a large township situated to the north of Kempton Park on the East Rand, Gauteng, South Africa. Watch iconic music video shot and directed by Nigel Stöckl below:

Nasty C ft T.I – They Don’t

Nasty C and T.I address pressing issues of social injustices with their new collaborative effort “They Don’t”. The song sees the duo draws parallels between the unfortunate events happening in South Africa and social injustice currently going on in North America.

Boity – Own Your Throne

“Own Your Throne” is the South African TV personality turned rapper’s third single since she entered the music scene with “Wuz Dat” in 2018, which was followed by “Ba Kae” the following year. “Own Your Throne” also doubles as the title of Boity’s BET reality show. The recent Def Jam Africa signee is using her voice to motivate young people especially women to take ownership of their amazing glory and power.

Kiddominant ft. Cassper Nyovest – eWallet

“eWallet” perfectly embodies the challenge Nigerian producer and singer Kiddominant gave himself: fuse South African drums with afrobeat. The track, features Cassper “Mufasa” Nyovest, is definitely Mzansi style music heavily influenced by house and Amapiano. 

Azana – Your Love

Azana follows up the smash hit Uhuru where she is featured by award winning Sun El Musician with her very own finger tapping single titled “Your Love”.

Dr Mallinga ft Pallas – My Baby Is Coming

Dr Malinga continues to put in extra shift week in week out. His new release “My Baby Is Coming” is a classic African sound and collaborates with Ugandan A-list act Pallaso.

Langa Mavuso – Love Lost

Langa Mavuso returns with “Lost Love”, announcing the track as the first single off his upcoming debut 11-track self-titled masterpiece. With “Love Lost”, Langa Mavuso relives the suicide of his first and greatest love in this nostalgic first look at his upcoming debut album, “Langa”.

Willy Cardiac – Fan of Me

Fast-rising South african rapper Willy Cardiac who was recently announced as the second artist to join RADAR – Spotify’s global emerging artists program, outdoors new single titled “Fan of Me” which features Eric Bellinger.

Okmalumkoolkat – The Mpahlas

Okmalumkoolkat sings about falling in love with a lifestyle – “The Mpahlas”, the song on the EP “Bhlomington”– EP, that just reached the shelves. The Mphalas is a laid back song unlike the majority of the song on the project. Update your playlist with the song.

Sun-El Musician ft. Msaki – Ubomi Abumanga

After his latest album “Africa to the world”, the “Akanamali” hit maker comes back with this beautiful song. “Ubomi Abumanga” is once again a delicate and soft afrodance/house track and features singer Msaki from East London, South Africa. 

Da Capo ft. Nduduzo Makathini – Yehla Moya

South Africa’s fiercest DJ just released his EP “Genesys” on Friday. The project is composed of 9 solid tracks, sometimes 8 or 9 minutes long, and explores SA house deeper than ever. “Yehla Moya” sees Da Capo collaborating with pianist Nduduzo Makathini, famous for having signed with jazz label Blue Note

Espacio Dios – Love Yourself

Taken from his brand-new project “Son of Uri”, “Love Yourself” perfectly embodies Espacio Dios’ style: alternative rap/RnB, heavily influenced by South African sonorities. The artist apparently made his album with English, Setswana, Swahili and Zulu cultures in mind. 

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