6 new releases from Southern African artists that you need to hear right now
Czar featuring S-Tone – Let It Be
eSwatini has soul. The small country is fast-becoming a hub for House talent and every month, groundbreaking music and fresh acts come out. A beautiful sight to see. eSwatini based artists, Czar and S-Tone, partnered up to release a groovy, smooth and soulful joint called ‘Let It Be’ through Antidote Music. With Czar on production and S-Tone on vocals, a beautiful song is created, perfect for chilled moments with great company. The release is accompanied by additional tracks which are interpretations by Gruv Basement and Slotta. Check this strong release out below.
Zito Mowa – ’95 March
Limpopo’s rising star, Zito Mowa, never falls short when it comes to delivering quality creative work. From his politically-charged, conscious and culturally relevant art pieces to music production, he always impresses. He releases his ’95 March EP through Stay True Sounds, an EP characterized by sample-driven experimentation, electronic sounds and musical expression that knows no boundaries. In this EP, Zito Mowa puts his best foot forward and showcases his versatility. A strong, seven track release that will undoubtedly shift perspectives in the alternative music scene in South Africa. Check it out.
Nasty C – Strings & Bling
Twenty-one-year old rapper, Nasty C, is without doubt, one of the most talented artists to ever come out of South Africa. A young rapper equipped with an enviable vocab, perspective and incredible rhyme skills, he’s built to be a star. He recently released his long-awaited album, Strings & Bling, a project where he steps into the game as a young adult and shares details of where his in life, how he views love and he also gives a glimpse into the life of a carefree, young artist in South Africa. The raps are there. The bangers are there. Dope project. Check it out!
Sjava – Umphako
BET award winning artist, Sjava, has been on a roll lately. A placement in one of the biggest, most important and culturally relevant movies to ever come out, Black Panther, has set him up to be one of South Africa’s best exports. He comes back swinging with a short EP called Umphako, which features his label mates, Saudi and Emtee. On this EP, he shares his views on love, friends, fame and the music hustle. The EP is short but packed with gems. Check it out.
Nirvana Nokwe featuring Xhulu – Chiron
Multi-talented artist, Nirvana Nokwe, has been breaking through the South African music industry lately. As an actress, she has been consistent in her craft and now, in 2018, it seems like her music is finally taking center stage, and we are not mad at that. She comes back swinging with a dope single featuring another up and coming artist called, Xhulu. The song is called Chiron and is a beautiful musical experience. Check it out.
KaeB – ODE TO HUGH
For many young artists in South Africa, Hugh Masekela, is a huge influence. Many of them look up to him for how he took authentic South African jazz to the world. Johannesburg-based, KaeB, is one of those young artists. Influenced and inspired by Hugh, he has set his focus and sights on continuing the legacy of the fallen giant. He chose to do this by sampling ‘Fresh Air’ by Hugh to create a new age boom bap beat which speaks to his generation. Check this banger out.