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.




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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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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