04 Dec Focalistic, Sjava, $pacely & more
Featuring; Waje, Phantom Steeze, Minister GUC and more.
Waje navigates through some reggae terrains as she shows appreciation to the men who do right by the women in their lives on ‘Best Thing‘. At its essence the song is about reciprocity.
Sjava – “Umsebenzi”
Something very special to close off the year for 1020 Cartel. ‘Umsebenzi‘ a spellbinding afro-soul and isiZulu folk 4-track EP by BET award-winning artist, Sjava. The surprise drop comes days after Sjava celebrated his birthday this past week.
$pacely – “Roll Call”
Popularly known for churning out some scorching street anthems, $pacely drops a drill banger – ‘Roll Call’ – where he shouts out the hottest cities in Ghana. $pacely rides the rapid grimy Kenxshin-produced with flare.
Focalistic‘s dominance over a gloomy year was somewhat a beacon of hope and reminder of the pre-lockdown inhibition-free days. With his 14-track album, ‘Sghubu Ses Excellent‘ he intends on ending 2020 with a bang.
‘Sghubu’ features collaborators such as Virgo Deep, DJ Maphorisa, Riky Rick and more.
Phantom Steeze – “Traptsula”
Phantom Steeze amalgamates trap and kwaito on his mini-album ‘Trapstula‘ – a portmanteau of trap and pantsula. The EP was preceded by ‘Stimela’ which formed the foundations and direction of this mini-album.
Budusuku – “Born Winner”
2020 has been a year that has provided its fair share of twists and turns. Despite all the challenges thrown our way, the human spirit, though weathered, still stands for more rounds to fight for another day. This is the embodiment of Budusuku’s single ‘Born Winner’.
While Patty Monroe’s native country of South Africa is still grappling with the possibility of the second wave of the novel coronavirus, the Capetonian rapper releases ‘Trapped’. The song was written and recorded during the earlier stage of the 2020 national lockdown. The cut serves two planes – (1) tackling the realities of lockdown and (2) debunking misconception around the coloured community.
Minister GUC – “The Message”
The artist formerly known as simply GUC has graduated to Minister GUC as he drops his debut album ’The Message’. The Nigerian gospel star shifted through valleys lows and mountain highs with his spiritually-resonant voice. A great chunk of the album was recorded live.
Makhadzi – “Murahu” (ft. Mr Brown)
Limpopo dance queen, Makhadzi tells a story of rejection via her ‘Murahu‘ official video. The track which features Mr Brown sparked a viral challenge upon its release.
Beat Sampras – “Note to Self”
Cape Town-based duo Beat Sampras set a reminder to take a pause in these uncertain times on ‘Note to Self‘. The EP manoeuvres as a personal conversation that is rooted in soulful melodic sonic.
KashCPT’s ‘CAPE TOWN RADIO‘ is a body of work that is built on his aspirations and ambitions. The album draws inspiration from a variety of musical stylings.
Soma Apex & Reinhard Tega – “Jumai”
Last week, Soma Apex and Reinhard Tega opened the flood gates to their series of collaborative singles with ‘Kilamiti’. Proving that the magic extends further, the Uber-talented pair provide another dosage via ‘Jumai’.
R&B crooner, Chad Saaiman closes off the year with his first single of 2020 called ‘Wrong Again’. Crafted with his long-time collaborator, hEproducedit ‘Wrong Again’ was written after Saaiman had two separate disagreements with two close people in his life on the same day.
Charisma, Chris Clave as well as Kenyan rapper, Mbithi reminisce about the pre-pandemic days on their single ‘Good Times’. The song is in recognition of how often we tend to take moments for granted.
Jacky rose to fame in the early 2000s as one-third of the highly successful girl group, Jamali. She re-emerges into the spotlight as a solo artist with her new amapiano single ‘Don’t Let Go’.
Kweku Smoke – “Snoop Forever”
Bringing the rise of drill in Ghana, Kweku Smoke prepares the release of his forthcoming release, ‘Snoop Forever‘ with the promo single, ‘On the Streets‘.
‘Snoop Forever’ is slated for 18th December 2020.
China Charmeleon – “My Father’s Records”
China Charmeleon is not one to rest on his laurels. Following the resounding success of his debut album released in May 2020, Charmeleon is ready to serve another one. ‘My Father’s Records‘ is built around soulful samples that are reminiscent of his childhood.
‘My Father’s Records’ is slated for 18th December 2020. There is more music on the way. Here’s ‘Ndikokhele‘ until then.