The year is almost over, and so much has been released in the orbit of South African music already – some sole, some joint numbers. Either way, good music prevails.
Our focus here, though, is the top collaborations between South African s and Nigerians. Nigerians and South Africa have shared a brotherhood dating back decades, a closeness that predates the xenophobia that pops sporadically on headlines across the world.
For instance, Nigeria was in the vanguard of support for the nationalist African National Congress (ANC) when it was outlawed in apartheid South Africa, and its members had to flee abroad.
Of course, those years are gone. But the bond remains, and South Africans routinely tap Nigerians as collaborators in their projects – and vice versa.
In this article, we bring you the best 10 2022 South Africa/ Nigeria music collaborations. While we understand that the idea of “best” is pretty subjective, we’re yet confident that you will appreciate the number on our list. Hop along, then.
Before he dropped the song mentioned in the header, the lead singer had dropped the original, which didn’t feature the Nigerian. However, it was a hit back home. That was the reason he decided to remix it. He flew down to Nigeria, where he tried to teach the DMW boss some South African slang.
The two musicians hit it off instantly and ended up working on “Ke Star (Remix),” which was well-received as well. It may have been a while since the release of the song, but it still resonates.
Master K released “Jerusalema” in collaboration with Nomcebo, which became a global hot in no time and took Master KG’s name to the ends of the earth. The sheer success of the song, which was endorsed by the likes of the Portuguese football ace Ronaldo and Janet Jackson, encouraged Master KG to release a remix.
By his own account, the Nigerian singer Burna Boy loved the song and wanted a remix. So they hopped into the studio and remixed the song. The result is “Jerusalema (Remix).” It, however, didn’t do better than the original
“Champion Sound” was more of a payback for Focalistic, who had featured him on “Ke Star (Remix).” In that song, like in their previous collaboration, the two friends hit hard with their bars and were just wonderful as a team.
Before the Nigerian dropped the jam, he had informed fans on social media to look forward to it. In retrospect, the wait wasn’t in vain, as fans actually loved the number. As the saying goes, the rest is history.
Naira Marley and Busiswa are happy to call themselves friends. The South African is a proud Marlian and has one of Naira Marley’s artists, Zinoleesky, as her godson.
As a title, “Coming” is actually a misnomer. Lol. To get the idea behind the song, you had to remove the “o” from the word in quotes and replace it with a “u.” you get it now, yes? Naira Marley is unapologetic in spitting at the hypocrisy and sanctimony of many people online.
Alhaji Tekno chooses to be an enjoyment officer. Only, he didn’t want to enjoy himself alone. Lol. In which event, he decided to tap the vocal resources of the South African collective Mafikizolo, a band of two – formerly three. The result is “Enjoy.”
Fortunately, the song is actually something enjoyable and worth a place on a playlist. So why not?
Nigerian lawyer and singer Falz (Folarin Falana) is no spendthrift. Still, he was more than happy to “Squander” good vibes in a remix of one of his songs featuring Kamo Mphela, Mpura, Niniola and Sayfar.
One of the featured artists, Mpura, died a while back in a fatal road accident which also consumed the lives of five others. But then he did pretty well on “Squander (Remix)” – a priceless legacy.
Rexxie is more of a music producer, but he sure knows how to snap attention when he drops the bars. The Marlian associate tapped compatriot Mohbad and Mzansi talent Sho Madjozi for his “Ko Por Ke (KPK Remix)” tune.
The number was more of a street anthem back then and even became a common slang among a Twitter demographic. The interest in the song may have died down, but the appeal remains to those who are conversant with it.
“Banky Banky” is actually a song you can bank on if you’re looking for a liberating musical break. For this number. The Kalawa Jazmee boss picked celebrated singer Niniola. The pair share a great musical synergy that is hard to miss.
While Oskido is a top talent and a veteran in South Africa with a history of accomplishments oscillating between music and entrepreneurship, Niniola is herself an accomplished voice. The result of their partnership is a lyrical winner.
Of all the songs on this list, Big Zulu’s “We Run The Road” I the most recent. There’s a testament of power and personal confidence latent in this song, which Big Zulu announced on his verified Instagram page before finally releasing it.
Nasty C is Big Zulu’s compatriot and an accomplished singer in his own rights – the Zulu Man With Some Power. Patoranking of the “Wilmer” fame is the only Nigerian on the beat. But, of course, he repped Naija well.
“Where You Dey Go” is a typical Nigerian pidgin phrase. And Busiswa deciding to use it shows she was conversant with the slang prevalent in the country – or merely wanted to try her luck in something street. The outcome was actually splendid.
Working with Naira Marley is nothing that will surprise anyone. She is, after all, a Marlian and had worked with the Nigerian previously in a song which also made our list. However, “Where You Dey Go” has a wild street energy to it – something that cannot be missed by anyone wey know road (there we go again!)
Of course, there are several other collaborations between Nigerians and South Africans. We have merely decided to limit ourselves to a list of just 10. You may add to our list in the comments.