We are in the dying days of October and just a little over two months into a new year – 2021 so to speak. Already, though, several fine projects have been released in South Africa, showing that the country still throbs with music talents.
The coronavirus had jarred the Rainbow Nation, as well as other countries in the world, earlier this year, quietly truncating night life, public shows or gatherings, and frustrating some artistes along the way. Despite the pandemic several projects were released to entertain the country.
In fact, some innovative musos came up with the idea of a Lockdown House Party, which kept South Africans in their homes but also kept them in the party spirit via live performances. The Party ended when the country moved to level one in lockdown, which allows for public gatherings that still respect COVID-19 control measures.
Several South African artistes have released hot projects this year. In this post, however, we are going to share with you 10 artists that have released the hottest projects in Mzansi this year (2020).
Called the “Zulu Man With Some Power” after his album of the same title, nasty C is one of the musos who released the hottest projects this year – the album mentioned earlier.
Actually, the “Zulu Man With Some Power” album was to have been released in 2019. But it somehow got deferred. Nasty C released the project following his signing to Def Jam Africa. The album itself had led to a tour of Japan and a Netflix documentary dubbed “Zulu Man In Japan.”
By the way, before that album, Nasty C had released another equally hot project, “ZULU Mixtape,” in collaboration with America’s DJ Whoo Kid.
Call him the Star of Pitori or Pitori Maradona, he remains the fine muso who has treated us to the “Ke Star” hit in collaboration with Vigro Deep, another fine voice in South African music.
There’s even plan of making the hit track into a movie. Already, though, the music video for the song is out, which amplifies the song’s message on stardom and public worship.
Nomcebo Zikode is actually a new face in the universe of South African music, but she has so charmed the rainbow nation with her singing gift that she is now a household name.
Her debut album “Xola Moya Wam” is one of the hottest releases in South Africa this year. The album has since been certified gold in South Africa. It bears an eponymous track that has earned platinum certification.
Need we add that Nomcebo was also instrumental to the writing of the lyrics of “Jerusalema,” the biggest song in South Africa right now? The music video of the song, which popped online this year, has been viewed over 174 million times on YouTube, with many predicting it will soon reach the one billion mark.
Kelly Khumalo is “The Voice of Africa.” There you have the title of her new album, which happens to be one of the hottest projects in South Africa this year. Enjoy It.
Makhadzi is one of the most loved singers in southern Africa (read as South Africa and her neighbours). The highly entertaining muso released her debut “Kokovha” album, which remains one of the hottest releases in the Rainbow Nation right now
Kabza De Small
Called the Piano King, the amapiano DJ and producer accentuated his kingship with “I Am The King Of Amapiano” album, one of the hottest releases this year.
Rapper and dancer Costa Titch apparently offended many with the success of his “Made In Africa” album. This 17-track album saw the white muso spitting his bars, at some point, in kasi lingo.
Some peeps were unimpressed with him using kasi lingo and accused him of cultural appropriation. But big-name artistes, including Stogie T and Family Tree boss Cassper Nyovest, have defended Costa Titch.
“Made In Africa” album is one of the hottest projects released this year.
It has been argued that J Molley is one of the most slept-on artistes in Mzansi. While we are unwilling to join the conversation on this topic, we readily admit that the songster’s latest project, dubbed “All Is Fair In Love And War” mixtape, is actually one of the hottest project released so far in South Africa. And yes, we recommend checking it out.
It wouldn’t make sense if Refiloe Maele Phoolo, the rapper long famous by the adopted stage name of Cassper Nyovest, missed this list. The champ actually released one of the hottest projects of 2020, an album entitled “Any Minute Now (AMN).”
Cassper Nyovest released the project on 11 September, as a dedicatory work to his first son Khotso Izwe Simba Phoolo. All songs on the project popped on the iTunes chart in Mzansi.
Riky Rick is the hip hop star who gave us Cotton Fest. He is also the champ behind the extended play “Ungazincishi,” one of the hottest releases in Mzansi so far.
What do you think of the artistes on our lists? Are there artistes you think should have made the list but who were left out?