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4 new releases from Southern African artists you need to hear right now

trust B1 x Teddy – Theory of: Savage Youth

Maboneng-based producer/rapper, trust B1, partners up with Teddy, an up and coming rapper from Alberton, to release a short EP called Theory of: Savage Youth. The two musicians form part of a bigger, Joburg-based creative collective, called Dipopaai and this release serves as a reminder that you cannot afford to sleep on them. The EP features producer-rapper duo, XMPL, on a song called THAT which is a stand-out track from the EP. Love rap music presented in a unique way? This tape is for you.

MotherLand X Presents: Hennessy by Tshego (The Remixes)

MotherLand X is back with yet another remix pack. This time around they challenge six up and coming producers from Southern Africa to remix Hennessy, a smash hit by South African artist – Tshego. This remix pack is an easy listen, perfect to soundtrack your friendly get togethers with friends. A mixture of joints you can party to and ones you can chill to. Dope project. Check it out!

bENNY wOODS Feat. Vitu & Serenity Karima – Play My Way

Hungary-based artist, bENNY wOODS, links up with our very own Cape Town-based MC, Vitu, and US-based songstress, Serenity Karima, to deliver a funky tune. Play My Way is testament of the internet’s power of connecting creatives from different parts of the world. The song offers difference in an industry flooded with similar-sounding songs. You can play this song in any situation, and you’ll surely catch a vibe.

LEO Feat. Flowahh – ENOUGH

Pretoria-based artist, LEO, is slowly creeping up on our radar. With a unique style and sound, he is building a buzz that will set him in up in the industry. He comes through with a beautiful sensual tune titled ‘ENOUGH’ featuring a flowahh, who lays incredibly beautiful vocals on the track. This track is dope. Peep it!

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Smashing creative conventions: Thiaps drops ‘PHIHLIZA’ featuring B1 and Teddy to usher in a new urban sound

Thiaps, a multi-talented creative, from Johannesburg has a rather interesting approach to creating and sharing art. With an open-mind, he surges forward with an unrivalled confidence and style. Unapologetically South African in how he manoeuvres, Thiaps is impressively captures the South African story.

Following his last release titled ‘Snegenege Vol. 1’, a short EP that was released towards the end of 2017, Thiaps managed to garner a significant amount of attention within the Joburg creative scene. Dibirie, a stand-out track from the EP, was featured on popular Youtube social media commentary show The Microwave Boys. Praised and heralded by his creative peers, Thiaps managed to set the precedent for what he has planned for 2018. One of the most unique selling points about Thiaps is how he understands and respects the process of creativity and how he breaks down art as a trained artist who, in his professional capacity, trades his creativity to earn a living.

READ: Thiaps relentlessly creates a new creative territory with his sound

To kick things off for 2018, he calls on his Mzansi Mnandi compadres to express the experiences collected as young black men figuring life out in the city of gold, and this is captured in a song. The track features two talented Joburg-based artists, B1 and Teddy, who bring a fresh energy to the song. All three artists represent Dipopaai with production handled by KaeB who happens to be a close associate of the camp. This song serves as the first official release from the collective for 2018.

Stream ‘PHIHLIZA’ below: