Proudly African: Listen to the #FreshPicks Playlist on Spotify

An all African playlist curated by the Nusoulhub Radio team. We have some the best and progressive African artists. From West Africa to South Africa, we got the vibes for you. On this playlist, we have Bylwantsa, Moonchild Sanelly, Zarion Uti, Mannywellz and many more artists. Stream the playlist below:

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i suppose ja artist, FRNGE, releases the ‘The Devil, and The Darker Things’ EP

Johannesburg based electronic music producer, FRNGE, just dropped his new EP titled ‘The Devil, and The Darker Things‘ through emerging electronic music label – i suppose ja. The EP comes after the release of his groundbreaking project, A Temporary Escape. FRNGE has set his eyes on pushing the boundary even further with his new EP.

Watch the short film created for the EP below.

A new EP from JHB based producer FRNGE, following up from his last release ‘A Temporary Escape’, his new project delves into a more melancholic mood with a darker personal experience in the music; Introducing: The Devil, and The Darker Things EP

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#TheForeground: Botswana’s CJ9sevn is Southern Africa’s next trap soul star

Gaborone based singer/songwriter, CJ9sevn, is Southern Africa’s next trap soul star. With influences from some of the world’s best trap soul stars like Bryson Tiller, PARTYNEXTDOOR and new rising star, Brent Faiyaz. CJ9sevn is slowly following the steps of the successful trap soul artists from Southern Africa like KLY, Tellaman, Big Star Johnson and Shelton Forbez – acts that are penetrating the South African market and ushering this new sound.

We have CJ9sevn featured on our feature – #TheForeground. Peep one of his latest songs below:

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PREMIERE: Surreals Sounds releases ‘If I Had To Kill You’ by OU featuring Lungelo The Poet

South African House label, Surreal Sounds, is bringing nothing but breathtaking beats with their #WithinDaBeats campaign. For the campaign, a new song is released for the masses to enjoy. The big idea behind the campaign is simple: showcase local and international House producers and artists by using electronic music as a tool to communicate ideas and messages. The big idea may be simplistic in format, but the impact that results after every release from the label cannot be replicated.

For this week, the label zooms in on the talents of Kwa-Zulu Natal born producer, OU. OU partners up with decorated spoken word poet, Lungelo The Poet, for a powerful song called ‘If I Had To Kill You’.

Stream ‘If I Had To Kill You’ below:

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PREMIERE: Antidote Music is gearing up to release the ExtraTerrestrial EP by Rosko de Soul

Swaziland based record label, Antidote Music, is gearing up to release its first official release of 2018. The label is more commonly known to specialize in deep house, tech house, soulful house, disco house and Afro house, but this time around they are focused on reviving the spirit of experimentation in the Southern African electronic music industry.

For the first release of 2018, Antidote Music chooses Polokwane-born producer, Rosko de Soul, as the initiator of the creative direction the label is taking. Through the efforts of the talented Rosko de Soul, the ExtraTerrestrial EP results and forms part of Antidote Music’s plans to innovate and experiment with unusual sonic textures and sounds. The EP is a 5-track project and is a notable trip for underground music heads. The EP is an exploration of sounds drawn from 90s Hip Hop and House Music with subtle Kwaito drops.

Extraterrestrial EP is reminiscent of times gone by. Beaming with nostalgia, the 5-track EP is well-infused with Rosko de Soul’s signature Chill-Out House sounds that effortlessly depict the Polokwane-born marvel’s versatility and production prowess.

Watch/Stream our exclusive premiere of the ExtraTerrestrial EP below.

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Leaders of The New Wave: South African producer, oshxku, is a pioneer behind South Africa’s new urban sound

Johannesburg-based graphic designer and producer, oshxku (real name Karabo Diseko), is pioneering a new sound in the South African urban entertainment industry. A creative entrepreneur behind one of Gauteng’s most innovative music collectives, innanetwav. With the innanetwav crew, he is carving a new lane for young creatives to express themselves freely by using music, design and photography.

oshxku has produced for some of the best urban acts to come out of Mzansi, namely The Big Hash and Sipho The Gift, two South African musicians that have accumulated an impressive amount of buzz online and on the streets. oshxku is, without a doubt, a leader of the new wave.

Peep his SoundCloud, you will not be disappointed:

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Zito Mowa: Trail-blazing art director by day & brilliant beat maker by night

Limpopo-born, Johannesburg-based creative Zito Mowa (real name Kgodisho Mowa) is an art director by day and a dope beat maker by night. He hones his skills as a creative in one of the best ad agencies in Johannesburg, Joe Public, and that helps him become a more rounded creative that delivers beautiful work consistently. After hours, he becomes a musician that dabbles in different sounds, from tech house to deep house to even Hip Hop – a truly diverse musician.

Having been featured as a creative to look out for by media publications such as Between 10 and 5 and Conte Mag, Zito Mowa is undoubtedly a young visionary you cannot afford to pay attention to. The talent and the work put out does all the work speaks for him and we have no doubt that he will be a household name in the ad industry and the music game.

Stream his latest offering – Humans & Alcohol – below:

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Talented South African sketch comedian, Okay Wasabi, releases “With Love From Marabastad”

Multi-talented sketch comedian and digital content creator, Okay Wasabi, is undoubtedly the most entertaining South African personality on the internet. Positioned as the go-to-guy for organic and authentically South African content, Okay Wasabi captures mostly black millennials and gen Zs looking for funny and relatable content. From the skits, to his Kota-focused Youtube show Kota Past 9 and his vlog with his beautiful girlfriend Sasha, Okay Wasabi has won the hearts of the South African youth.

Watch: Undoubtedly the best parody to come out of SA in the last 5 years. Quote me on this!

With a strong and growing name on the internet streets, it’s only right for him to expand his content offering by fully venturing into music with a touch of comedy. Music is the perfect type of content for drawing in new listeners and supporters, as it does not only entertain but gives the listener the power to attach the music to memorable moments and emotion.

READ: Dali Danger drops ‘LAP DANCE’ featuring ENKEI.

Okay Wasabi has always dabbled in the music space, with his first successful project “They Know Me In Soshanguve” which was followed up by “Lost In Attredgeville” which was released through Slikour On Life. The fascination with the hoods from Pretoria is probably one of the most stand-out aspects of these releases and this purely motivated by how much support he has received from Pretoria since he started sharing his content online.

This year, for his 24th birthday, he dropped ‘With Love From Marabastad’ – an RnB project. The project is as conceptual as they come, carrying themes centered around love, dating while broke, the struggles of a young black creative hustling in Johannesburg and all of this is packaged as a comedic body of work. Genuis, if you ask me! The project was mostly executive produced by BTM (don’t ask me what the abbreviation is, Lol) from Strobe Light Records – an East Rand based collective and label – and additional production from B1 from Dipopaai Studios and KaeB from STAY COZY GROUP. With this project, Okay Wasabi moves away from rap and completely flips everything by delivering a solid RnB offering.

The tape features some of Wasabi’s frequent collaborators like ENKEI, Thiaps, Neruda and his best friend, Dali Danger. As much as this may be a parody project, it surpasses many drops in the urban music category when it comes to quality. And Wasabi’s singing is not too bad too!

The standout tracks from wlfm are ubani lo, speeding (the reaction to this song at the wlfm listening session was amazing), azibuye and pls call me. All in all, a solid project. Absolutely phenomenal! Sleep on this and stay behind.

Vosloorus “1475, the hood where skinny niggas die and iy’dudla multiply” should be proud!

Listen to With Love From Marabastad:

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ERTA ALE tours South Africa & blesses us with an exclusive podcast

Berlin-based DJ, house and techno producer, Erta Ale, is currently in South Africa on a three-city tour. The Resident Advisor backed live performer and electronic music phenomenon, has already entertained crowds in Cape Town and South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria. In his sets, he shares music he produced and rare finds from his personal music collection acquired through globe trotting as a touring performer.

The South African tour comes at a time where electronic music, particularly house, is blowing up in South Africa – more obscure and out-of-the ordinary electronic music genres are gaining more popularity in the country. A healthy scene churning out quality music that is enjoyed beyond the borders of the country and a scene that is attracting international talent, like Erta Ale, to come showcase their work.

Erta Ale’s extensive musical background is the spirit behind his dance music. Having lived in Berlin for a decade, his sound feeds off the emotional ruin, renovation, and energy of the city and its people creating a sense of escape and ecstasy with its powerfully dynamic elements. Vinyl lover, dedicated to his craft and with an infectious personality Erta Ale’s touch is characterizeed by warm propelling, researched sonorities which will lead you straight to his tight hug made of sound.

After a few shows in Cape Town and one show in Pretoria, Erta Ale is gearing up to wrap his South African tour up in the city of gold – Johannesburg. The first show in Johannesburg is on the 18th of March at the Living Room and the second show is on the 24th of March at Kitcheners.

Find out more about Erta Ale’s tour schedule here.

We were given the privilege to host a podcast by Erta Ale as part of the promotion for the Johannesburg leg of his tour. And as a Johanneburg-based music-focused platform, we jumped at the chance to allow Erta Ale to share his artistry with all our lovely Joburgers.

Listen to the podcast below:

Podcast Track List
Detroit Part II – Shigeto
Jimmie D Nickle – Moodymann
Sunday Hotel – Moodymann
Sometimes Happens – Erta Ale
Freni Mutha F cker – Moodymann
Vocal – Ron Trent
When The Lights Go Down – Prince
Odd – Binaural
Clash – Binaural
Liver Noise – T.Linder

Electrocuter – DJ Skurge
Superlative Figure – Errorsmith
Freedom from Want – Reel by Real
Nineteen Eight Nine – John Beltran
Wit Da Cup – Shigeto
Sirens – Ben Klock

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Sounds from Vosloorus: DALI DANGER drops ‘LAP DANCE’ featuring ENKEI

The East Rand currently runs the urban entertainment space in Johannesburg – this is arguable. From Hip Hop to House, genres that are enjoyed mostly by the black urban youth, the East Rand keeps producing admirable art that eventually reaches South Africa in its entirety. As much as talks of the influence of the East Rand are often rget biased when the focus is solely on Tembisa or Katlehong, other hoods in the East like Vosloorus continually prove naysayers wrong about which hood is most impactful.

Sure, Tembisa and Katlehong may have more people in the forefront representing their hoods before the eyes of the masses, but over the last three years Vosloorus has seen a resurgence of creatives innovating and breaking boundaries. Take Okay Wasabi as an example, a 23-year-old content creator who makes relatable content that crosses class boundaries. Black kids from e’kasi and ones from the ‘burbs are united by the content created by Wasabi, as he intelligently communicates and showcases the collective South African black experience. Now, Wasabi is not the only content creator/creative that is slowly changing the narrative of who’s who in the East as his fellow compadres move alongside him. Names like DALI DANGER, ENKEI, Benny, Danger Power Ranger and Thabo Louw often pop up in conversations about which artists South African music industry players should look out for.

The music and content coming out of Vosloorus is organic, raw, progressive and very relatable – traits that are indicative of a breakthrough into the South African pop realm. DALI DANGER offers his art up as one of Voslo’s first strikes in the first quarter of 2018 as he drops ‘LAP DANCE’ featuring the multi-talented artist, ENKEI. The song is as groovy as a song can get, with ENKEI on the hook and DALI on the bars. An experience is created.

Vosloorus is slowly becoming the go-to-hood for authentic and groundbreaking South African content – be it music, skits, Youtube shows or branded content.

Stream the song below: