The development of South African house has given an enormous boost to the local music scene, making it a popular export in neighbouring countries like Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia – where local producers have also added their own twist to the sound. In South Africa, house music keeps evolving and has made a name for itself on the international scene.
Music In Africa has compiled a dynamic playlist list of the top SA house songs of 2021, in no particular order. The playlist also includes songs that were released late last year and are still trending in 2021. The playlist will grow as the year progresses, so make sure you bookmark it for your continuous listening pleasure.
Uthando by Prince Bulo ft. Q Twins
Prince Bulo teams up with Q Twins on the fast-paced love track ‘Uthando’. The song tells the story of a relationship, which is characterised by challenges, but ends on a good note with people dancing.
Shine Your Light by Master KG & David Guetta ft. Akon
Master KG joins forces with David Guetta and Akon on ‘Shine Your Light’. On the song, Master KG and David Guetta spin a fresh approach of uplifting lyricism, and exuberant Afro-house rhythms and vibes. The jubilant atmosphere of the song is enhanced with Akon’s signature touch.
Ngiyakhuza by Prince Bulo ft. Andiswa Live
Prince Bulo and Andiswa Live’s powerful combination is what house sensations need. The song’s lyrics protest against gender violence in South Africa.
WamiForever by Heavy K ft. Soulstar and Mo-T
This is the title track off Heavy K’s 2021 album and features Soulstar and Mo-T, who adds the tasty trumpet lines that he’s known for in Mi Casa.
Gcina Impilo Yami by DJ Cleo ft. Bucy Radebe
Top house artist DJ Cleo teams up with renowned gospel singer Bucy Radebe to deliver one of the biggest house songs of 2021. ‘Gcina Impilo Yami’ is a remix of Bucy Radebe’s hit track ‘Uzugcin’ Impilo Yam’.
Ebabayo by Prince Kaybee ft. Nokwazi
The song is proof that Prince Kaybee is a genius. On this one, he teams up with Nokwazi to unleash powerful beats fused with the ‘Uyezwa’ singer’s powerful singing. Nokwazi rarely disappoints.
I’m Fallin’ by Black Coffee ft. RY X
‘I’m Fallin’’ is off Black Coffee’s Subconsciously album and features Australian singer RY X. The track was released in November 2020.
Ngiyavuma by Prince Benza ft. Master KG and Miss Twaggy
Producer, singer and songwriter Prince Benza features top artist Master KG and Miss Twaggy in this love song. ‘Ngiyavuma’ is a proclamation of love and sung in Zulu.
Makazi by Busiswa ft. Mr JazziQ
Busiswa portrays the role of a traditional healer in ‘Makazi’, which pays tribute to South African culture.
Time by Black Coffee ft. Cassie
Black Coffee makes another appearance on our playlist, but this time with US R&B singer Cassie. Black Coffee can successfully explore different sounds and approaches within the house genre while still sticking to his roots.
Mpumalanga by Prince Kaybee ft. LeboTheGreat
LeboTheGreat’s sensational vocals, together with Prince Kaybee’s layered production, makes ‘Mpumalanga’ one of the best songs off Prince Kaybee’s The 4th Republic album.
Themba Lam by Master KG and Ghetto Kids ft. Mpumi and Prince Benza
The ‘Jerusalem’ hitmaker is back with another great song featuring Uganda’s Triplets Ghetto Kids. The song is off the Ithemba Lam album and its video was directed by Alidina.
Yehla Moya by Prince Kaybee ft. Thalitha
The song is a prayer to God and its slow tempo synchs well with Thalitha’s vocals.
Ngisho by Heavy K ft. Ntunja
On ‘Ngisho’, Heavy K manages to incorporate his unmatched signature sound with amapiano. This might be a new direction to take both sounds to a new place.
Thandolwam Nguwe by Mr Brown ft. Makhadzi and Zanda Zakuza
‘Thandolwam Nguwe’ is a love song sung in Zulu and Venda. Here Mr Brown features top house vocalists Makhadzi and Zanda Zakuza.
Sekumnandi by Mpumi Mzobe ft. DJ SK
‘Sekumnandi’ is taken from Mpumi Mzobe’s second album titled Nompumelelo. Released in December 2020, the song is accompanied by a video featuring engaging choreography by Mpumi and her dancers.
Ngilimele by DJ Tira ft. Q Twins
DJ Tira joins forces with the former Idols SA contestants Q Twins on ‘Ngilimele’. The love song is off DJ Tira’s Rockstar Forever album.
Awuyazi Oyifunayo by Zanda Zakuza ft. Bongo Beats
‘Awuyazi Oyifunayo’ was produced by Bongo Beats and is proof that Zanda Zakuza is one of the country’s top vocalists.