Southern African artists are quite different from other parts of Africa. For instance, in Central Africa, they are recognized for Makossa, Western African are known for Afrobeat, Southern Africa for Afro-house, etc. Presently, Southern African is making waves in Africa and globally, but South Africa is the number one recognized country in Southern Africa with influential artists such as Nasty C, Uhuru, Casper Nyovest, and many others.

For the last decade, there has been an emergence of different artists trying to create a delible mark in the music scene. Upcoming talents are increasing geometrically and creating songs win different Southern African music genres such as Amapiano, Bulawayo Jazz, Cape Jazz, Chimurenga, Famo, Gqom, Jit, Kwaito, Marabi, Shangaan Electro, Tsongo Disco, and lots more. In this context, we will see different Southern African artists.

Southern African Artists in 2021

Here they are:

1. Sha Sha:

The Zimbabwean Singer whose real name is Charmaine Shamkso Mpambiro, but known by her stage name Sha Sha is an Amapiano artist. In 2018, she was signed by Blaqboy Music, and ever since she has released massive hits. Also, she has done lots of music collabos with different artists such as Samthing Soweto, Mondo The Vocalist, Scorpion Kings, etc.

As a result of this, she has gained global recognition for her works like Best Collaboration, Record of the year, Best of Africa in the South African Musical Awards, etc, and fortunately for her, she won Best New International Act (BET Awards) through her song titled “Woza”. She is one of the biggest artists in Southern Africa.

2. Boohle:

She is into the Amapiano genre and her song “Mama” has gotten over 320,600 streams on Spotify. Many of her Twitter fans see her kind of music as a therapy experience that is accompanied by an uptempo beat (dancy Yanos beat). She released an album with 10 tracks “Umbuso Waba mnyama”, and inside the album, there are other artists featured in it such as Josiah De Disciple, Chelete, Le Sax, and Movomotsi Chosen. Boohle connects with her fans by sharing video clips from past shows, studio sessions, creative processes on her social media platforms

3. ByLwansta:

He is a South African Artist with the real name Lwandile Dominic Nkanyuza. ByLwasnta hails from a small town. Besides music, he does other creative things such as art direction, rap music, record production, and graphic design. Also, he has done lots of graphic designs for big music shows. If you are interested to see more of his works, you can follow him on his social media handles to connect with his creative journey.

4. Dali Khanyile:

Dali is from Kwa-Mashu and he is into Melodic Rap/R&B. In 2020, he released an EP titled “Alpha released. GQ South Africa interviewed him and he revealed that his personal experiences in his varsity years influenced the recording of EP. His music career started while he was an undergraduate student in the University, and he has stayed true to his game regardless of the difficulties in his life. The EP has lots of songs for music lovers, and his fans are yearning to hear more.

5. Azana:

Durban is a city in South Africa that brought out many music artists, and Azana is one of them. She was born Makhosazana Princess Masango, and as showed how talented she is as a songwriter, performer, and singer. She has grabbed the attention of many artists with her sultry voice and went ahead to release her first sophomore music album. The album is a mixture of different music genres such as Western Pop, Jazz, etc. Some artists have been a huge influence on her music – Mbulu, Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, etc.

6. William Last KRM:

The Botswana rapper and comedian has had huge success in his career path. After the debut of his last album “William”, and he shot a video for the lead single in his album “Tonto”. The video made the song go viral on various social media and got over 1.5 million views on YouTube after two months. His musical album has lots of the 90s “hood” nostalgia which has reflected from his taste of fashion in the video.

7. Refi Sings:

Refi Sings started singing at the age of 14 in South Africa. Although she was raised in Los Angeles, she is conversant with South African sound and released an 8-track EP titled “7even Days” using her sultry voice to drop provocative lyrics. She has collaborated with other artists such as the late High Masekela, Andra Day, Hanz Zimmer, etc. When it comes to living show performances are so magical and her energy on stage is so contagious as if she drank a full bottle of American Turkey Bourbon, and she is the youngest artist to perform at Coachella. 

8. Shekhinah:

This is another Durban creative that is making waves with her debut album. After her release, she was nominated for several musical awards such as Album of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, etc. In all these awards, she emerged the winner for the Newcomer of the Year, and Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa at the All African Music Awards. Not quite long, she released a visual for her song called “Tides”.

9. Roho:

Roho’s sound is different from the usual kind of R&B, and he released an EP “Ephemeral”. The EP has lots of odes that showcase different transitions in his life. When he was interviewed by Jade Kelly, he made a revelation that he used 3 years to record the tracks because he was not spiritually sound. Roho got in touch with his ancestors to have more clarity about his music, and many fans are anticipating to hearing more of his works due to the release of his last EP. 

10. Nipho Hurd:

Nipho Hurd’s real name is Nhlakanipho Lungelo Khanyile and has been influenced by her secular upbringing and traditional roots. She infuses lots of genres into her soul music such as jazz, house, funk, etc. She was born in Emsingana and grommets by traditional healers. She ensures the music she does possess lots of raw energy. The name of her EP is titled “The Ghel” which has made her sound known to her unique fans.


When it comes to Southern African artists, these artists on this content are doing fine in their music careers. You can download their songs or stream them to get a perfect feel of their various works because they have influenced Southern African music.  

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