Best South African Songs You Should Be Jamming To

Looking to bop your head and shake that body? We have a list of the hottest South African songs absolutely killing it right now. This list is in no particular order, but every one is certainly worth checking out.

Stiff Pap “Maradona” (ft. Simmysimmynya)

Both talented rapper spit their rhymes over a kicking bass line and a selection of synths and pads. “Maradona” perfectly fuses electro music and some pretty decent hip-hop overlaid by mesmirizing lyrics from two of Durban’s most promising rappers

Nasty C and Rowlene “SMA”

This South African music is particularly unique as it has three music videos that each tell the same story depicted in the song in a different way. You definitely want to check ‘SMA’ out.

The Big Hash “Circles”

Some of the songwriting in Circles is breathtaking and it only goes to show the quality on display every time the Big Hash performs. The bass lines does things to your heart and set against Mellow keys really make you feel something. In the song, Hash makes sings and raps about a girl whom he used to be with and how her brand ‘newness’ is nothing but a facade .

Wandile Mbambeni (ft. Shekhinah ) “Wanted and Loved”

South African soul singer Wandile Mbambeni’s new single “Wanted and Loved” is as relatable as they come, it tells the time old tale of wanting to be desired and loved. It’s a good blend of Soul and RnB, and it utilizes the talents of both Mbabeni and Shekhinah. Thanks to the presence of the acoustic guitar, the two singers feel more perfectly in-sync.

L-Tido “10 Mac”

Defintely one of the hottest jams right now, L-Tido got all creative on Biggie’s “10 Crack Commandments” and crafted a fun little song about making your way through the hook up game.

Sjava “Umama”

You might not listen to a realer jam than Sjava’s “Umama” and the video makes it even more impressive as Sjava got personal, showing his mother and place of birth. It is a community video as it features the burning of impepho and time spent with his mother.

K.O “Supa Dupa”

In what can only be described as an ‘on the nose’ video, Mr Cashtime raps about the various snakes he has encountered during his career set against the backdrop of pythons entangling themselves on his torso and limbs. K.O is also present with his dancers performing on top of a spinning vinyl.

DJ Sabby (ft. Gigi Lamayne and Manu WorldStar) “Theowa”

This is the definition of ‘Hottest Jam’. Theowa is all about the energy with its fusion of pop, hip-hop and dancehall.

Saturday, Monday “Umsindo” (feat. Kanyi Mavi & Le Roi Alekpehanhou)

Hands down, one of the best rap songs you’ll hear this year. Swedish DJ and producer Saturday, Monday teamed up with Kanyi to deliver bars for days and it deals with a poignant topic of a woman tired of her abusive partner

YoungstaCPT “YAATIE”

A deep look into YoungstaCPT’s childhood. It’s a beautiful video directed by Imraan Christian.

J Molley “Lightning”

This video pops! Not just that, it is also incredibly well-written with a video that perfectly captures the mood and tone of the song.

Zingah “Dlala”

Zingah delves into experimental territory with some mbhaqnga and maskandi melodies and the result is well worth a listen.

Blaklez “I Have No One”

Mental health and ‘Hottest Jams’ might not seem like they go together, but somehow, rapper Blaklez pulls it off, getting real about his depression and his acceptance of lack of fame and respect in the process.

Champagne 69 “Love No More”

Love gone wrong is a common theme in music videos, however, Champagne 69 still makes it seem fresh and while the song covers common ground, it does it in a unique way.

Dr Malinga (ft. Kwesta) “Indlela”

Dr Malinga is a not a new name on the house scene and his latest single “Indlela” shows why he is as well regarded as he is. The song is a mid-tempo house joint which samples sounds from the 80s and 90s. This South African pop is produced by the Alie Keys (not Alicia)

DJ Kaygo ft. Gemini Major, Kid X and Reason “Father Figure”

DJ Kaygo plays a mafia boss who is into match fixing for boxing and it’s a rather entertaining watch.

Espacio Dios “Uri Fire”

Uri Fire has all the zing of a high-energy song and the dizzying video adds to the feeling.

Solo (ft. Bigstar Johnson) “Easy”

“Easy” is easily one of the hottest South African jams around (get it?) and it does so in a calming manner, showcasing 2 highly talented rappers sharing a slow tempo instrumental.

Shane Eagle (ft. Bas) “Ap3x Remastered”

Another link up song and this one basically touches on the success they’ve attained, their travel adventures and their distinctiveness.

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