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5 Artists That Prove Kwaito Is Back On Top In 2018



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The topic of kwaito as a genre that long lost its commercial viability and influence has remained one of the most fascinating – albeit highly contested – conversations in the culture.

And it’s unsurprising.

The genre went from being the voice of the youth, the catalyst for the expression of post Apartheid black identity, as well as the most popular sound in the streets and on the radio, to being damn near obsolete.

It appeared, for the most part, that the whole kwaito wave had been eroded by the rise of Hip Hop. Zola, Kabelo and Brown Dash were now replaced by AKA, Cassper and K.O. Pantsula gear lost its coolness as sneakers became the new definitive garb in the youth ecosystem.


The debate was not cut and dry, though, of course; Local Hip Hop itself was seen and received through the most attentive ears as an extension of kwaito itself, especially as artists like K.O and his Cashtime fraternity blended kwaito influences with Hip Hop to produce the pioneering Skhanda sound.

While the scope of these discussions far exceeds the intentions of this article, we’ve banged out five fire songs proving that new school artists are reviving the genre back to its glory.


Kwesta is arguably the biggest rapper in the country at the moment… if sales are anything to go by. On Tuesday, he proved he’s not slowing down anytime soon when he premiered his latest single, Vur Vai, scoring his latest iTunes #1 within hours of release.

The mid-tempo kwaito flavoured track continues down the path of the gradual revival of kwaito through the emergence of successful rappers like Kwesta, whose most celebrated catalogue consists of chart-topping kwaito bops.


Amongst those was Ngud’, which featured one of Cassper’s most popular verses. Cassper recently unleashed his very own kwaito jam. Gets Getsa 2.0 revisits the most crucial aspects of Doc Shebeleza’s Gets Getsa, which was on high rotation in the early 90s. The song is set to be the first single off his upcoming album, which he’s teased to be a total return to kwaito, where he says he’s in his real element.


Kid X debuted his 26 track Thank Da King album last week Friday, and the kwaito influences weave the album together as a cohesive project. Kid X has proven his love for kwaito and its authentically ‘kasi’ aesthetic through the years, which we first saw him rock back in the Cashtime days.

After the Skhanda wave went through a metamorphosis following the demise of that music crew, he continued refining the sound, finding the right harmony between kwaito and Hip Hop.


Like Cassper, Moozlie has oscillated between her urban Hip Hop and township dichotomies in her music for years. There’s the north Hip Hop sound and aesthetic she embraces on certain songs and their accompanying visuals. She dove further into this sound following her infamous departure from Cashtime, after which she pursued her Skhanda Queen title with less conviction.

The release of Vatel, which appears on her latest album Victory, marked her return to her roots. The Benoni bred rapper lays down formidable verses in vernac and township slang. In it she celebrates where she comes from, which continues as a sonic and lyrical theme on Victory.


The Cape Town bred kwaito duo left the Mother City to pursue their dreams. After establishing themselves and dropping an EP that we really enjoyed, rapper Katt Daddy and singer Yoza Mnyand got featured by Apple Music as part of their New Artist Spotlight feature last month. You’ve got to take a moment to check out their Sobabini: A New Mzantsi Evolution  EP, though.

Let us know what you think by scrolling down and leaving your comments!


Every Single Went Gold On Nasty’s Multi Platinum ‘Strings & Bling’

Nasty C’s Strings & Bling hits triple platinum as hype for upcoming album mounts.



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He’s been teasing fans with subtle references to his looming third studio album, Zulu Man With Some Power.

And on Tuesday, the 22 year old rapper received several honours for the outstanding commercial performance of his sophomore album, Strings & Bling.

The 17 track project, which spawned a slew of hits including Jungle, Gravy and the mega hit SMA, has now been certified triple platinum. The album has sold over 46 000 traditional album units, which is hell of a lot these days.


It doesn’t end there, though. Every single one of the 17 tunes in the album have each been certified Gold. It’s probably how the album amassed a total of 60 million streams.

This latest feat officially makes Strings & Bling the best selling South African Hip Hop album in the last fiscal.

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Sho Madjozi Wins BET Award!

Sho Madjozi has bagged her first BET Award for Best New International Act in Los Angeles



Photo Credit: Sho Madjozi via Twitter

It appears that Sho Madjozi wave is not slowing down anytime soon.

And on Sunday, the Limpopo Champions League hitmaker took home the prestigious BET award for Best New International in Los Angeles, California, where the show was broadcast.

The South African showstopper trounced a bevy of hot international acts, a list including Nigeria’s Teniola Apata, Headie One and Octavian from the UK, as French new comers Jokair and Nesly to lift the hotly contested gong.


“I guess for me the my story is a testament that you can be any girl from any village, in any forgotten part of the world, and you can still be a superstar”, she said, barely able to hold back the tears.

“And for the girls who come from where I come from, which is Limpopo, I just wanna say, you don’t have to change who you are…”

Madjozi’s BET win marks another milestone in her successful Limpopo Champions League debut era. Released on December 14th, 2018, the album showcased her distinctive rap and fashion style inspired by her Xitsonga language and culture.


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Castle Lite Unlocks The Best Of Hip Hop

A bevy of South Africa’s hottest Hip Hop artists assembled to deliver two days of non stop explosion of culture as Meek Mill and Post Malone toured the land.



In the profound words of iconic Hip-Hop aficionado, Nas who graced the Castle Lite Unlocks stage in 2014: “Hip-hop is the streets. Hip-hop is a couple of elements that come from back in the days; that feel of music with urgency that speaks to you.

It speaks to your livelihood and is not compromised. It’s blunt. It’s raw, straight off the street – from the beat to the voice to the words”.

There is perhaps no better way to fully encapsulate the 2019 Castle Lite Unlocks experience than in the words of this legendary artist.

It is artists such as Nas, whose work has transcended music and crept into fashion, business and the influence of urban pop/street culture that continue to inspire brands like Castle Lite to invest in the business.

And it is on this premise that Castle Lite, Africa’s premium beer brand and chief supporter of African Hip-Hop, sought evolve the 7th annual Castle Lite Unlocks experience.

It is an evolution that exists not only within the Unlocks property, but one that is evident within Hip-Hop itself. This year saw the dawn of a new era as Castle Lite Unlocks celebrated the evolution of Hip-Hop from a musical outlet to a cultural movement.

In 2019, the brand introduced a second day of the Castle Lite Unlocks experience, evolving the one-day musical concert into a fully-fledged cultural spectacle paying homage to Hip-Hop’s indelible mark on society.

Through fashion, gaming, master classes, street culture, lifestyle and music, this year’s Castle Lite Unlocks experience on 17 and 18 June at the TicketPro Dome allowed for a bigger platform, giving local artists the space to shine like never before.

SA’s coolest kids came out in their numbers to show love to their favourites. On Day 1 of the experience, Monday 17 June, fans got to witness something that had never been done before when the biggest names in local Hip-Hip turned the Dome into the place to be.

The new wave of African Hip-Hop made a big splash at this year’s Castle Lite Unlocks when they kick-started the day off with their Cold Table Convo, a platform created to share ideas, forecast trends within the genre and offer inspiration.

Hosted by DJ Speedsta, the panel saw J Molley, A-Reece, Rowlene and The Big Hash talk about what it means to be “new wave” in local Hip-Hop.

True to their multifaceted nature, these new-age stars showed off their range on different stages throughout the day. While Speedsta held down the hosting duties on the main stage, A-Reece, The Big Hash and talk-of-the-night rapper, Rouge showed off their rap prowess during the ColdSwayCyphers.

They were, of course, in good company as they shared the Castle Lite Unlocks arena with local street culture aficionados like Loot Love who held down the hosting duties alongside Speedsta, as well as Riky Rick who, in addition to his extra cold performance, put on a fascinating exhibition for Cotton Club centered around the vomiting emoji in the Cold Square.

Riky also spoke on the Street Culture panel at the Cold Table Convos alongside host and Loxion Kulca founder, Wand Nzimande, sneaker expert, Zaid Ozman, branding expert, Ramona Kayembe and YoungstaCPT.

The industry disruptors also brought their unique brand of Hip-Hop to the fore on Day 1 as host Silkour chaired a panel comprised of Moozlie, Shane Eagle and Cassper Nyovest alongside Hip-Hop guru, Sway Calloway.

Representing the next level stars of the SA Hip-Hop scene were AKA, Nasty C, Gigi LaMayne, filmmaker, Lebo Rasethaba and entertainment lawyer, Homecoming Events founder and host of Showbiz panel, Katlego Malatji.

Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, AKA, and Moozlie were some of the biggest performers of the night. While, Mozambican rapper, LayLizzy’s extra cold performance left fans mesmerized with his effortless delivery.

Day 1 international headliner, Meek Mill sealed the deal with an extra cold performance at the end of the night. The US rapper performed his biggest hits including Dangerous and 24/7. He also took a moment out of his performance to thank South African fans for supporting him and his music through all the hardships of his career.

This paved the way for Day 2 of the Castle Lite Unlocks experience, which was a subzero musical concert like no other. Local legends and international performers shared the stage in what was another enthralling end to the Castle Lite Unlocks experience.

Nasty C, Riky Rick and Rouge got the party started with their biggest hits before day 2 international headline act, Post Malone thrilled consumers with a once-in-a-lifetime performance alongside special guest appearance, Tyla Yaweh.

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