Five new progressive South African songs that you need you hear right now

TSA Feat. ByLwantsa & Spoek Mathambo – Ten fold

Johannesburg based multi-disciplined artist, TSA, partnered up with one of South Africa’s most talented rappers, ByLwansta, and township tech pioneer, Spoek Mathambo, to drop a dope joint called ‘ten fold’. A fusion of different styles, the three artists with TSA leading the pack, offload their frustrations, share their thoughts and take charge in owning their greatness. You can hear it in how they deliver their verses, back to back rapping reminiscent of nostalgic 90s rap with a modern sound.

Kid Fonque & D-Malice – Tshamiseka (Dwson remix)

South African underground music legend, Kid Fonque, and UK musical phenomenon, D-Malice, have consistently been releasing amazing music. As a production duo, rkls, they have managed to bring back a 90s-era Hip Hop sound with a modern edge. Their collective effort has resulted in music releases that can exist in different genres and with that being said, we are called to speak on the recent DM Recordings remix project. The three-track project, which brings three of South Africa’s best House producers to remix Tshamiseka, a song by the two legends. The remixes are from Dwson, Fka Mash and Sean Munnick. Dwson’s remix stands out the pack, particularly with the pacing, structure and composition. Stellar song which does justice to an already beautiful song.

East Side Yacht Club – Delilah

The innanetwav camp is back again. The undisputed innovators of South Africa’s Hip Hop scene and it is ludicrous to think of how many people still do not know about this camp. This time around, they come through a banger of note. East Side Yacht Club, a Johannesburg based rap group, comes through swinging with a gully bar-filled rap song that will certainly entertainment Hip Hop lovers. The dope thing about these guys is how they sound, their slang and their lyrical delivery.

Rxsolo – Tre$

Cape Town born artist, Rxsolo, has genre-fluidity embedded in his artistic being. Being based in Hungary for his studies, he has built up a clearly different sound which speaks to how his surroundings influence him. Before his departure, he was making Indie and Alt-rock influenced Hip Hop as part of a group called Sway.Ed, and now he has switched things up a notch with his adoption of an electronic music sound with his latest release. The song is question is called Tre$, a song which opens us up to the chaotic but creative mind of Rxsolo. The beat is spacey and otherworldly with vocals that were doctored to fit the overall mood of the song. He raps too, but not your typical lyrical-miracle rap style, here he vibes out and draws you trapping you in a trance-like state. A definite vibe which goes to show that South African music has grown.

Cornelius SA Feat. Jackie Queens – Feel It Now (Kususa remix)

Pretoria based producer, Cornelius SA, has been the talk of the town in recent with months. The Dopewax records artist has continually pushed himself to shift the electronic music scene in South Africa. With a string of releases under Dopewax and other active labels in House music in South Africa, he has added weight to his name. He comes through with a short collaborative project with the beautiful songstress, Jackie Queens, called Feel It Now. The project boasts an original mix and two remixes, one by Kususa and the other one by Cornelius. The project in itself is breathtaking as it prioritizes the African elements in composition and places Jackie Queens at the center of the songs, not as a supporting act but rather as a vital piece that completes the song. The stand out song from this project is the Kususa remix as it has a great build up that works well with Jackie Queens’ vocals. This one is for the dance floor for sure.

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