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SA Music Queens: 5 SA Female Artists Killing The Game in 2018

As part of our shining the spotlight on outstanding women during this Women’s Month, let’s celebrate our music Queens.

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LADY ZAMAR 

Female artists deserve the same level of respect that men get, because they chart just as high. Why should the treatment differ, when they are at #1 too? These were Lady Zamar’s sentiments during one roundtable discussion earlier this year. She’s right.

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Lady Zamar’s album, King Zamar, has dominated digital charts since debuting with a slew of singles in 2017.

Shooting to the top of the charts with her breakout solo single Love Is Blind last year, the vocal powerhouse stepped from the shadows of her collaborative house producer peers, with whom she already boasted joint chart toppers. Once the poetic vocalist laying down some smooth vocal performances on DJ Kaybee and Junior Taurus, King Zamar has placed her in her own league, spawning some of 2018’s biggest hits – Collide and My Baby.

MOONCHILD SANELLY

The real gag about Moonchild is that she’s been dope for years. But as would things go as they so often do in a world where patience is the real understated currency, she only recently transitioned to mainstream. And It all happened without her morphing into the Top 40 starter pack.

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Aesthetically, she’s a bold risk taker whose artistic expression always seemed to represent something different from what seeeds to be the norm in South African music business. Her live performance are infinitely interesting thanks to her energy, her captivating costumes (which she makes herself, mind you), her trademark blue hair and just the fact she’s one hell of an insanely talented badass are all part of that wow factor.

But years before she became a household name thanks to a recent slew of recent collaborative gqom bangers, Moonchild was already snatching wigs nailing a futuristic expression of African dopeness with her pop and dance album Rabulapha! With a new bulletproof bop out, we are curious about the future with Moonchild in it.

BUSISWA

When Busiswa first secured public attention in 2013, she instantly ascended to being the Queen to watch. Her unmatched energy, never say die persona and refreshing sound that blended Xhosa rap and house music with that rare Kalawa flavour were ingredients for what would become a firmly sustained career as one of the country’s top acts. Her sound has adapted, fusing more Gqom influences to move with the times, while maintaining her idiosyncratic raps and township dancefloor gass-up chants.

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Now a proud mother of one, Busiswa’s energy translates differently on her latest album, Highly Flavoured. She’s never sounded so confident and as playful as she is on the gqom inspired dance record. It’s a solid listen.

SHEKHINAH

Everything Shekhinah has touched since Back To The Beach has proven she’s seriously the full package. The 23-year-old former Idols SA contestant’s career took off in 2016 when she she dropped a slew of commercial smashes, including Let You Know with Sketchy Bongo, as well as Your Eyes with the legendary Black Coffee.

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And although those songs were all major commercial successes, even though her pop influenced sounds was flowing against the massive waves of local Hip Hop being at its zenith. In 2016, the songstress proved her beautiful talent even further with the release of her biggest hit yet, Suited, followed by one of the year’s most critically acclaimed album, the now timeless Rose Gold.

BABES WODUMO

Her journey has been fascinating to watch, but at no point was there ever a dull moment. Babes Wodumo blew up out of nowhere in 2016, when she premiered her first ever single, Wololo. The song went to break records, becoming an instant classic and a nationwide anthem.

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Photo Credit: Babes Wodumo via Instagram

At the peak of all that frenzy, there were even reports that Justin Beiber had reached out for a possible collaboration. And while that never quite saw the light of day, she did get that call from Kendrick Lamar for an appearance on the Black Panther soundtrack earlier this year! “I was the girl he chose to represent Mzansi”, she soft-bragged during a recent chat with Karabo on SABC’s Espresso.

The self-proclaimed Queen of Gqom, who has an album with a similar name, get the credits for popularizing Gqom nationwide, proving its commercial vialbility and Top 40 potential back when it was known to be “4 AM music” in Durban.

Despite her killer live performances and high energy joints, there was always the looing threat of the one-hit wonder curse. How was she to preserve her overnight success? There were plenty interesting twists and turns along the way, but there sis has been churning her bulletproof bops and refining her live performances.

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Toni Braxton Is Coming To South Africa!

What’s Good? Toni is bringing her tour to the land.

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Toni Braxton is coming to South Africa!

The Grammy award winning RnB icon on Tuesday announced the inclusion of South Africa on her As Long As I Live World Tour.

The concert is presented by event promoters, Glen 21 Entertainment in association with McDonalds and powered by Kaya Fm 95.9, Home of the Afropolitan. The SA tour will include shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town taking place later this year.

Braxton rose to become one of the best selling RnB artists of all time during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, where she cultivated a catalogue boasting a slew of timeless classics and chart- toppers.

Respected as a legend for her contributions in shaping the soul and RnB soundscape of her day and beyond, Toni Braxton is a diva loved not only for the songs that continue sparking nostalgia, but also for her distinct vocal tone, which is impossible to imitate.

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The tour aligns with the celebration of Braxton’s 25 years in the music business.

Behind timeless hits such as “Love Shoulda Brought You Home,” “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “Seven Whole Days,” “Un-Break My Heart” and “He Wasn’t Man Enough, this multimillion-selling R&B/pop pioneer actress and seven-time Grammy Award-winner will be belting the fave bops this November.

The Johannesburg show will take place on the 9th November at the Ticketpro Dome and the Cape Town at the Grand Arena, Grandwest Casino on 12thNovember.

Reflecting on her silver anniversary and hit album Sex & Cigarettes, Toni Braxton says she’s still in love with music and the possibilities it affords. “There have been moments when I felt defeated; felt I let myself down,” she says in a press statement. “Even if I fail, music gives me enough strength to try something different. I’ve come full circle—yet there are still so many things to do.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 

 TONI BRAXTON’S “AS LONG AS I LIVE TOUR”

JOHANNESBURG

VENUE: Ticketpro Dome

DATE: 9th November 2019

Various  VIP hospitality packages are available at the Ticketpro Dome. Contact Leane on 011 794 5800 or Leane@ticketprodome.co.za to book.

CAPE TOWN 

VENUE: Grand Arena, GrandWestwest

DATE: 12th November 2019

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Sho Madjozi’s ‘John Cena’ Gets The International Love

Her latest banger is making waves oorkant.

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Not only is Sho Madjozi’s performance of her previously unreleased toon, John Cena,  currently trending at #1 on Youtube, it’s also caught the scarce attentions of, well, John Cena.

The song, which first premiered last week on the popular online music platform, Colors, has sparked quite the frenzy in the WWE universe, where it’s being shared virally.

John Cena (the wrestler) shared a magazine cover of Sho Madjozi on his Instagram page, introducing the Xitsonga rapstar to his legions of adoring fans.

The WWE social platforms also showed some love to the performance, sharing it for their followers to enjoy.


Sho Madjozi, who appears on the latest cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine, is having quite the triumphant year. The 27 year old rapper, who appears on our list of the 7 Biggest South African Female Artists of 2019, took home a BET Award earlier in the year. She accepted the award as “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.”

The Limpopo Champions League hitmaker kicked off the momentum being featured as Apple Music’s ‘Artist of the Month in January, a cute milestone which bore testimony to her rising cultural capital and importance to the South African soundscape.

Having first launched herself as Maya The Poet, Madjozi’s songwriting has its genesis back when she used to be a ghost writer for other rappers. It wasn’t until her collaborator, Okmalumkoolkat, encouraged her to tackle the spotlight. Subsequently featured on his gqom hit, Gqi.

In December 2018, Sho Madjozi thrilleda crowd of more than 50 000 as of the headline acts at The Global Citizen Festival, where she performed alongside the likes of Cassper Nyovest, Beyoncè, JAY Z, Chris Martin, Pharell, Usher and a slew of the world’s hottest acts.

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Riky Rick’s Cotton Fest Slated For Early 2020

If it’s good, give it a sequel.

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Summer is around the corner, so the time to start finalising the party calendar is here. Riky Rick knows that, so he’s timed the announcement for the return of the Cotton Fest just in time.

The rapper and culture enthusiast on Thursday announced the triumphant return of the Cotton Fest, the successful urban music event that saw its debut earlier this year.

Merging both known and unknown South African talent, Cotton Fest showcases the diversities in hiphop while fusing the gaps within the different local movements.

Although the exact date is yet to be confirmed, we can report that the second edition of the shindig is slated for February 2020.

And for the looming February date, Riky Rick plans to scale with the growing clout. The one-day urban music and fashion explosion is back with plans to be even bigger and better.

The announcement was twinned with the premiere of the 2019 Cotton Fest Aftermovie, which showcases the hottest scenes from the ground.

“Following the highly successful festival this year, it was an obvious move to do it again. Thanks to the support of every single artist, concert goer and even the suppliers we worked with, this festival made history, changed the game in a positive way”, said Riky Rick in a meeting earlier today and added, “We started planning Cotton Fest 2.0 the first week after the show, back in February. 2020 is gonna be on another level.’

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