20 South African Songs You Should Really Listen To

 5. Clout- Substitute

Having had no clue that S.A has had an all-female band in the 70’s, it was a pleasant surprise to listen to this iconic

6. Soweto Gospel Choir – African Dream

The vocal talent of this group is amazing in this song and with the telling lyrics and smooth instrumental, they killed it.

7. Freshly Ground – Potbelly

The music video tells the story and more than a few women identify with this song.

8. Lucky Dube – Prisoner

You don’t have to be a reggae fun to fall in love with this hit from 1989.

8. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Hello My Baby

A favourite group of many, this song from the tiptoe guys; The soul of Ladysmith Black Mambazo is proof of their enduring ability to captivate with voice and little instrument accompaniment.

9. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain

A favourite group of many, this song from the tip toe guys; The soul of Ladysmith black Mambazo is proof of their enduring ability to captivate with voice and little instrument accompaniment.

10. Liquideep – Fairytale

It was nice to have Mama Africa incorporate Swahili to another one of her hit

11. Miriam Makeba – Hapo Zamani

12. HHP, Teargas and Liquideep – Born For This

South African Music Worth Listening To

13. Malaika – Never Change My Mind

Lovely song from popular S.A act Malaika, from their album Sekunjalo.

14. Hugh Masekela – Stimela (The coal train)

The better half of the late mama Africa, the master trumpeter sang the song that speaks of the train that brought able-bodied people from parts of Southern Africa to Johannesburg to work in mines.

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15. Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Thank You Mr DJ

This song from 1989 is by the 11-piece Afro-pop band whose music fused marabi, kwela and pop and this single was no different.

16. Johnny Clegg – Scatterings of Africa

Sometimes referred to as the ‘white Zulu’, the British born singer has many hits this being one of his most famous that made it to ‘UK Singles chart’ in 1987.

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17. Mandoza – Nkalakatha

This incredibly catchy song that I first heard in an advertisement is a kwaito song you couldn’t fail to dance to.

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18. Mango Groove – Special Star

This song from 1989 is by the 11-piece Afro-pop band whose music fused marabi, kwela and pop and this single was no different.

19. Brenda Fassie – Vulinde

This is a strong contender for the top of the list from the queen of African pop.

20. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Homeless

With Joseph Shabalaba at the head of this group, this song is certainly awesome.

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