Southern Africa Music

South African Artists 

Cassper Nyovest

A Multi-talented South African Rapper and Entrepreneur

Cassper Nyovest, whose real name is Refiloe Maele Phoolo, is a prominent rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and amateur boxer from South Africa. He hails from Mahikeng, North West, and is regarded as one of the country's most successful artists. Starting his music career in the 2000s, Cassper Nyovest has steadily gained recognition in the global hip hop community. Recently, he collaborated with Boohle and Abidoza on "Siyathandana," a track from his amapiano project Sweet & Short 2.0.


Black Coffee

The South African DJ and Record Producer

Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, better known as Black Coffee, is a renowned South African DJ, record producer, and songwriter. He has established his own record label, Soulistic Music, and his self-titled debut album, "Black Coffee," incorporated elements of R&B and jazz.

For over two decades, Black Coffee has been a leading figure in the South African music scene, winning numerous awards for his work. He has won eight South African Music Awards (SAMA), four Breakthrough DJ of the Year awards, two Metro FM Awards, and one Grammy Award.

With his multi-faceted personality and versatile talent, Black Coffee has become one of the most prominent figures in South African music.

Johnny Clegg

On June 7th, 1953, Johnny Clegg was born, and his legacy continues well beyond his passing on July 16th, 2019. He was a famed white South African musician, dancer, anthropologist, and anti-apartheid activist. He founded the band Savuka and had a long-standing solo career. His hits included "Asimbonanga," "Dela," and "Great Heart." Today, we celebrate his life and remarkable contributions.

Brenda Fassie

 The African Pop Royalty
Brenda Fassie, also known as the "Queen of African Pop," captured hearts in the 80s and 90s as a South African pop singer. Her music, a mix of disco, pop and traditional African rhythms, was a sensational hit both locally and internationally. Fassie's daring fashion choices and powerful voice left audiences in awe. Her music was considered controversial due to the rebellious lyrics that challenged traditional gender roles. Despite facing personal struggles and controversies, Fassie continued to break boundaries until her tragic death in 2004. Her legacy continues to thrive, and she is remembered as one of the most influential musicians in the history of South Africa. 


Miriam Makeba

 The Voice of African Resistance
Miriam Makeba, affectionately known as “Mama Africa,” was more than just a singer and songwriter from South Africa. She was a leading civil rights activist and icon of resistance. In the 1960s, she gained worldwide recognition with her unique combination of African rhythms and Western styles. Makeba used her music as a tool to speak out against apartheid in South Africa, and her powerful voice became a symbol of hope for her people. Her hit song, “Pata Pata,” became a global sensation and she continued to tour and record until her death in 2008.


Hugh Masekela

 a jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer from Kwa-Guqa Township, Witbank, South Africa, drew heavily upon his experiences growing up during apartheid in his music. He was a key member of the anti-apartheid movement and used his music to bring attention to the regime's injustices. Masekela rose to global prominence in the 1960s with hits like "Grazing in the Grass" and "Bring Him Back Home," which became the anthem for the Free Nelson Mandela movement. His music continued to inspire and uplift until his passing in 2018, serving as a testament to his unwavering commitment to social justice and equality.



Lucky Dube

 A Talented Reggae Musician and Social Activist
Lucky Dube, a South African reggae artist, gained fame in the 1980s and 90s. He was born in Ermelo, South Africa, and his music blended reggae, mbaqanga, and other African rhythms. Dube was renowned for his commanding voice and socially conscious lyrics, tackling issues such as poverty, racism, and political oppression. His popularity in South Africa skyrocketed, and he went on to become one of the most prosperous African musicians of his era. Although he was fatally shot in a carjacking incident in 2007, Dube's legacy persists, and his music remains a source of inspiration for audiences worldwide.



 The Soulful and Inspiring South African Singer-Songwriter
Lira (real name: Lerato Molapo) is a renowned South African artist who has garnered a loyal following with her uplifting and soulful music. With over a decade in the music industry, Lira has amassed countless accolades and has become one of the most successful female musicians in South Africa. Her powerful vocals, captivating melodies, and inspiring lyrics that explore themes of hope, self-love, and positivity have earned her worldwide recognition. Lira's music resonates with people of all backgrounds, and she has graced stages across the globe, including the iconic Apollo Theater in New York City. Her music and activism are an inspiration for people everywhere to be true to themselves and live their best lives.




 a Durban native, has become a well-known name in the music industry for her soulful voice, relatable lyrics, and catchy pop beats. Her rise to fame began when she competed in the eighth season of “Idols South Africa,” a reality singing competition. Since then, she has become one of South Africa's most successful female musicians, releasing multiple albums and collaborating with other artists. Her music has also been featured in films, TV shows, and commercials. Besides her music career, Shekhinah is an advocate for mental health awareness, using her platform to inspire others to seek help and support. Her positive message of self-love continues to inspire audiences worldwide.



Sipho Hotstix Mabuse

 The Acclaimed South African Musician and Humanitarian
Sipho Hotstix Mabuse is a renowned South African musician and songwriter with a long and fruitful career in the music industry. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mabuse developed an interest in music at a young age and quickly demonstrated his musical skills by playing multiple instruments and singing. His discography includes several albums, among them the chart-topping single "Burn Out," which remains one of the highest-selling singles in South African history. Mabuse's music is a fusion of traditional African rhythms and contemporary pop and rock influences, and his performances are characterized by boundless energy and enthusiasm. Besides his music career, Mabuse is also a strong advocate for education and has actively worked to improve access to education for children in South Africa.


Abdullah Ibrahim

 A Pioneer of Jazz in South Africa and Around the World
Abdullah Ibrahim, aka Dollar Brand, is a highly acclaimed South African jazz composer and pianist who has made a significant contribution to jazz's development in his country and internationally. He grew up in Cape Town and is known for his unique style of blending traditional African rhythms and melodies with modern jazz harmonies and structures. With numerous albums and collaborations with other jazz musicians, Ibrahim's music has been featured in various films, TV shows, and commercials. Beyond his music career, Ibrahim advocates for social justice and promotes human rights and equality through his platform. His music and message of unity and harmony continue to inspire audiences worldwide.


PJ Powers

 A Legend in the South African Music Industry
PJ Powers, also known as Thandeka, is a singer-songwriter from Durban, South Africa with a long and prosperous career in the music industry. Her rise to fame began when she joined the renowned South African band, Hotline. Powers is widely known for her uplifting lyrics and catchy melodies, making her one of the most successful female musicians in South Africa. She has released numerous albums, collaborated with other artists, and her music has been featured in films, TV shows and commercials. Additionally, Powers is passionate about advocating for children's rights and has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of underprivileged children in South Africa. Her music and message of hope and positivity continue to inspire audiences worldwide.




 The Dynamic South African Afro-Fusion Band
Freshlyground is an Afro-fusion band hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, formed in 2002. Their unique sound is a fusion of African rhythms, jazz, and pop, creating a blend of music that is both catchy and powerful. They have garnered a reputation for their vibrant performances and memorable melodies. Freshlyground has released several albums and received numerous awards, including several South African Music Awards and an MTV Europe Music Award. The band members are also active in social and environmental activism, raising awareness about issues such as climate change and women's rights. With their music and message of unity and social change, Freshlyground inspires audiences across the globe.


Yvonne Chaka Chaka

 The Princess of Africa
Yvonne Chaka Chaka is a renowned South African singer and songwriter who has been making music since the 1980s. Her music is a fusion of African rhythms and Western pop influences, characterized by powerful vocals and uplifting lyrics. The Princess of Africa has numerous albums under her belt and has won multiple awards, including South African Music Awards and a BET Lifetime Achievement Award. She also serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations and advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and women's empowerment. Chaka Chaka's message of hope and resilience continues to inspire audiences worldwide.



Zimbabwean  Artists  

Oliver Mtukudzi

Born in Zimbabwe in 1952, Oliver Mtukudzi began his music career in the 1970s and went on to become one of the country's most beloved musicians. His music was rooted in the traditional rhythms of Zimbabwe, but he also incorporated elements of jazz, reggae, and other genres into his sound.

Throughout his career, Mtukudzi's lyrics often addressed the social and political issues facing his home country. He was a vocal advocate for human rights, and his songs tackled topics like poverty, corruption, and the AIDS epidemic.

In addition to his music, Mtukudzi was also known for his philanthropic work. He founded the Pakare Paye Arts Center in Norton, Zimbabwe, which provided a space for young musicians to develop their skills and express themselves through music and other art forms.

Sadly, Oliver Mtukudzi passed away in 2019 at the age of 66. However, his legacy lives on through his music and the countless lives he touched through his activism and philanthropy. He will always be remembered as a true legend of African music.



Thomas Mapfumo

Born in 1945, Thomas Mapfumo is a Zimbabwean musician who has been credited with creating and popularizing the chimurenga music genre. Chimurenga music is a unique blend of traditional Zimbabwean rhythms with political commentary, often addressing the country's struggles with colonization and political oppression. Mapfumo's music has been described as a powerful form of protest and has played a significant role in Zimbabwe's struggle for independence. Throughout his career, Mapfumo has been recognized for his contributions to Zimbabwean culture and has received numerous awards and honors. Despite facing censorship and persecution from the government, Mapfumo continues to produce music that resonates with audiences both in Zimbabwe and around the world. His impact on the chimurenga genre and on Zimbabwean music as a whole is immeasurable, and he remains a respected and influential figure in the music industry.


Stella Chiweshe

Stella Chiweshe is a true icon in the world of music, particularly in her native Zimbabwe. Her virtuosic mastery of the mbira, a traditional thumb piano, has won her countless fans and admirers both at home and abroad. With her soulful singing and electrifying stage presence, she has brought Zimbabwean music to audiences all over the world, helping to raise awareness of the country's rich musical heritage. Chiweshe's music is deeply rooted in the traditions of her people, but she has also been unafraid to experiment with new sounds and styles, incorporating elements of jazz, rock, and other genres into her work. She has released numerous albums over the course of her long career, and has won many awards and accolades for her contributions to music and culture. Through her music and her activism, Stella Chiweshe has become a beloved figure both in Zimbabwe and beyond, inspiring generations of musicians and fans alike.


Jah Prayzah

Jah Prayzah is a vibrant Zimbabwean singer, songwriter, and bandleader known for his fusion of traditional African music with modern pop and hip-hop influences. Born Mukudzeyi Mukombe, Jah Prayzah began his music career in 2007 and has since released over ten albums, earning him a loyal fan base both in Zimbabwe and across the globe.

What sets Jah Prayzah apart from other contemporary musicians is his ability to seamlessly blend traditional African rhythms and instruments with contemporary sounds, creating a unique and dynamic musical experience. His music often features the mbira, a traditional Zimbabwean instrument, alongside modern beats and catchy melodies.

Jah Prayzah's music is not only entertaining but also carries important messages about social issues such as poverty, corruption, and the importance of staying true to one's roots. His unique sound and thoughtful lyrics have earned him numerous accolades, including several awards at the Zimbabwe Music Awards.

Whether you're a longtime fan or just discovering his music, Jah Prayzah's fusion of traditional and modern sounds is sure to get you dancing and uplift your spirits.


Tocky Vibes

Born Obey Makamure in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tocky Vibes began his music career as a teenager, writing and recording songs in his bedroom. His unique blend of traditional Zimbabwean music with modern dancehall beats quickly gained popularity in his local community.

In 2013, Tocky Vibes released his debut album "Toti Toti" which earned him national recognition and a loyal fan base. He has since released several albums and singles, collaborating with other Zimbabwean artists and performing at music festivals across the country.

Tocky Vibes' music is known for its positive and uplifting messages, often touching on themes of love, unity, and social justice. His catchy beats and infectious energy have made him a favorite among Zimbabwean youth, and he continues to push the boundaries of the country's music scene. With his talent and determination, Tocky Vibes is sure to become an international sensation in the years to come.


Winky D

Winky D, whose real name is Wallace Chirumiko, is a Zimbabwean reggae-dancehall artist. He was born on 1st February 1983 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Winky D is known for his energetic performances, which have made him one of the most popular and sought-after artists in Zimbabwe. His music is a fusion of reggae, dancehall, and traditional Zimbabwean sounds, which has helped him to create a unique sound that is instantly recognizable.

Winky D has released several albums and singles over the years, many of which have become hits in Zimbabwe and beyond. Some of his most popular songs include "Disappear", "Musarova Bigman", "Takaipa", "Gombwe", and "Panorwadza Moyo". His socially conscious lyrics have also helped to cement his reputation as a musician who cares about the issues affecting his community.

In recognition of his contribution to Zimbabwean music, Winky D has won numerous awards over the years. These include the Best Dancehall Artist award at the Zimbabwe Music Awards and the Best African Dancehall Entertainer award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards. Despite his success, Winky D remains humble and dedicated to his craft, and he continues to inspire and entertain fans both in Zimbabwe and around the world.

   Gemma Grithins

Gemma Griffiths is a talented singer-songwriter from Zimbabwe. Her music is a unique blend of contemporary pop, soul, and traditional African sounds. She gained widespread recognition with her hit song "Musarova Bigman", which showcased her powerful vocals and songwriting skills. Since then, she has released several other successful singles and albums, including "Ndinewe" and "Titungamire". Her music not only entertains but also carries important messages about love, life, and the struggles faced by people in Zimbabwe. Gemma Griffiths is a rising star in the African music scene, and her music is sure to captivate audiences around the world.


Alick Macheso

Born on June 10, 1968, in Zimbabwe's Mashonaland East province, Alick Macheso grew up in a musical family. His father played the guitar and his mother sang in a church choir. Macheso began playing the guitar at a young age and quickly developed a passion for music.

In 1983, Macheso joined the Khiama Boys, a popular band in Zimbabwe. He quickly made a name for himself as a talented guitarist and singer. In 1997, he left the Khiama Boys to form his own band, Orchestra Mberikwazvo.

Macheso's music is a blend of traditional Zimbabwean styles, such as sungura and jiti, with contemporary influences. He has released numerous albums over the years and his music has won him a large and dedicated following in Zimbabwe and beyond.

In addition to his music career, Macheso is also a successful businessman. He owns a number of properties and runs a music school to help young Zimbabweans develop their musical talents.

Despite his success, Macheso remains humble and dedicated to his craft. He continues to perform regularly and is considered one of Zimbabwe's greatest musicians.


Sulumani Chimbetu

Sulumani Chimbetu has been actively performing and recording music since the early 2000s. He has released several successful albums, including "Sydney", "Ndomusiya Nani" and "Gunship". Sulumani's music is a fusion of the traditional Zimbabwean music genre, Chimurenga, and the more modern style of sungura.

His ability to fuse these two genres has earned him a large following in Zimbabwe and beyond. Sulumani's music speaks to the struggles and aspirations of ordinary people, and he has become known for his socially conscious lyrics.

In addition to his music career, Sulumani is also a businessman. He owns a popular entertainment spot, The Heritage, located in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Heritage is a hub for local and international artists, and has become a must-visit spot for anyone interested in Zimbabwean music and culture.

Despite the passing of his father, Sulumani has managed to carve out his own successful career and continues to make a name for himself in the Zimbabwean music industry.


Leonard Zhakata

Born on January 12, 1968, in Mutare, Zimbabwe, Leonard Zhakata grew up in a musical family. His father, a guitarist and vocalist, had a profound influence on his music career. Zhakata began playing the guitar at a young age and was soon writing his own songs. He quickly gained popularity in Zimbabwe for his unique blend of traditional and contemporary music.

Zhakata's music often addresses social and political issues affecting Zimbabwe and other African countries. His songs touch on topics such as poverty, corruption, and the struggle for democracy. Despite the serious nature of some of his lyrics, Zhakata's music is upbeat and energetic, with infectious rhythms and catchy melodies.

Over the years, Zhakata has released numerous albums and singles, earning him a loyal fan base both in Zimbabwe and beyond. He has won several awards for his music, including the Zimbabwe Music Award for Best Male Vocalist in 2000.

In addition to his music career, Zhakata is also a philanthropist, using his platform to raise awareness and funds for various causes. He is a true icon in Zimbabwean music and continues to inspire generations of musicians with his talent and passion for music.