South Africa bid a sad farewell to one of its beloved and most talented artists, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, also known as AKA, in February. AKA’s death created a dilemma in the South African music industry, but it did not diminish his immense contribution to the industry.
Despite the sorrowful mood, life goes on, and the South African music industry perseveres. Music has always been a source of comfort for the people of South Africa, and it will continue to serve that purpose.
Some of the most notable songs of February 2023 were released in South Africa, showcasing the country’s vibrant music culture.
AKA – Company (Feat. KDDO)
For the very last time, fans of AKA were thrilled to see a full-length album by the late South African rapper titled ‘Mass Country’. Off the project, is ‘Company’ which features guest appearance from Nigerian producer and singer, KDDO. Interestingly, this would be the second time both African artists converge on a song. The first was in 2018 with the smash hit, ‘Fela in Versace’.
Tyla – Been Thinking
Fast rising South African singer, songwriter, and socialite, Tyla released her latest track titled, ‘Been Thinking’. At best, the upbeat song is sonically influenced by western disco and electro pop music. The twenty one year old fashionista tapped from the production prowess of music producer, C.Tricky Stewart. The song was released under the licensing and flagship of Fax records/Epic records.
Pcee & Sgijja Disciples, Zan’Ten – Kilimanjaro (Feat. Justin 99, Mema Percent, and Mr JazziQ)
Characterized by an opening cacophony is Pcee’s ‘ Kilimanjaro’. Pcee is a South African Disk Jockey famed for hits such as ‘Johnny Ke Johnny’ and ‘Zotata’. In his latest effort, ‘Kilimanjaro’ the producer assembles a talented team of fellow South African musicians to assist in adding flavor to the Amapiano song.
Nasty C – Blackout
Nasty C, the popular rapper and songwriter, dropped his first release of the year called ‘Blackout.’ The two-minute long hip hop record was self-produced and licensed to Universal Music. The song features clever wordplay and a unique sound that blends different genres. It has received positive feedback from fans who praise Nasty C’s musical talent and growth. ‘Blackout’ is one of the best South African songs February 2023. It is a significant accomplishment for Nasty C as it will provide him with greater exposure and opportunities to expand his career.
Amatycooler & Dj Yamz – Intliziyo Yam (Feat. Big Nuz, Dj Tira)
Gqom enthusiasts, Amatycooler and Dj Yamza feature Big Nuz and Dj tira on the invigorating ‘Intliziyo Yam’. The single is already making a positive impression in the public as it has been resonating with the online community, especially on TikTok.