Famous Musicians in South Africa 2022
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Most Famous Musicians in South Africa. The South African Music industry is one of the most developed in Africa and the entire world. Many talented artists make a significant contribution to the music scene. You will find musicians of all ages, colors, and gender. All genres of music, such as reggae, hip-hop, jazz, African, and others, are represented.
There is a long list of Most Famous Musicians in South Africa that ensure South African music appears on the world map.
Some famous South African musicians died or have retired from music, but their songs still inspire many people across the continent. Some are new to the industry but have managed to achieve global status from their music hits and high selling albums.
Most Famous Musicians in South Africa 2022
Besides the Bands, there are famous South African musicians whose hits cannot be assumed. Some of them acquired recognition after releasing great singles while others have been releasing high-selling albums not only within South Africa but worldwide.
15. Zoe Modiga
Her real name is Palesa Pumelele Modiga. She was born in Overport, which is in Durban and then grew up in Pietermaritzburg. She attended the National School of Arts located in Johannesburg to study classical piano, vocals, and clarinet.
She also has a degree in jazz vocals from the South African College of Music, UCT. She is one of the best Jazz musicians in South Africa.
She has also won several awards including the 2015 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition in the jazz category.
14. King Monada
Khutso Steven Kgatle, popularly known as King Monada, is a rising music star in South Africa. He was born on 25th November 1992 in Ga-Lekhotho, Limpopo. He dropped out of school when he was in grade 8 so that he could pursue his music career. He sings in native Khelobedu.
He owns King Monada music, which is his record label. Ska Bhora Moreki, a song he released in 2016, is the one that propelled him to global fame.
The dance challenge from the song went global, giving him the chance to perform in Europe.
13. Hugh Masekela
Ramapolo Hugh Masekela was a South African Jazz musician and trumpeter from the 1950s. He has been in the music industry for more than five decades.
He died on 23rd January 2018, aged 78, from prostate cancer. He released several international Jazz songs such as Grazing in the Grass, which was a worldwide hit and even topped charts in the United States. Most of his songs were to fight against apartheid rule in South Africa such as the Soweto Blues.
At his death, he was still preaching against xenophobia, which is common in the country.
12. Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Yvonne Chaka Chaka (54-year- old) is among the favourite South African female music artists’ and songwriter, lecturer, humanitarian, and an internationally recognized entrepreneur. She has been among the leading musicians in the region for 27 years.
She released 12 albums between 1986 and 2006, two compilations, and ten contributing albums.
11. Simphiwe Dana
Simphiwe (39-year-old) is also one of the famous South African female singers specializing in music writing and Xhosa songs. Simphiwe Dana has also been referred to as the new Miriam Makeba due to her exceptional skills in combining Rap, jazz, traditional music, and Afro-soul.
She released her first album, “Zandisile” in 2004 which gained her recognition and awards such as; AVO Session Basel awards and 2005 SAMA awards.
10. Thandiswa Mazwai
She is a 43-year-old South African vocalist, songwriter, and musician who has been active since 1998. She was also a member of Jack-Knife alongside Themba Smuts and Kimon Webster. The three released sons like “Fester” and “Chommie” which became the top club hits in Johannesburg, later referred to as “the pioneers of Kwato movement”.
In 1998, Thandiswa joined Bongo Muffin after not qualifying for the semi-finals at the Shelland Road to fame Talent show. After releasing five albums with Bongo Muffins, Thandiswa decided to invest in her solo career.
Bonginkosi Dlaminini is a 42-year-old South African musician, songwriter, poet, actor, TV presenter, and radio presenter. Zola has been active since 2000 and best known as the Kwaito Superstar. Once, Lance Stehr of Ghetto Ruff records referred to him as, “The second biggest brand in the country next to Nelson Mandela”.
He is also the founder and owner of the Guluva Entertainment Company.
8. Cassper Nyovest
Cassper Nyovest is a 28-year-old South African rapper, record producer, and businessman who gained recognition after releasing his first album “Tsholofelo” in 2014. Cassper started rapping at the age of 12 after failing his examinations. Before fame, he was part of a childhood group, “Childhood Gangsta”. After the group disbanded, he joined yet another group, “Slow Motion”, and then “Impact Sounds” where he quit after working with them for two years without releasing any album.
After the exposure, he released his first single “Gusheshe”, which was well received and highly played by the local radio stations.
7. Amanda Strydom
Amanda is a 63-year-old South African singer, songwriter, playwright, and actress who has been active in both cabaret and television. She is a holder of a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Drama Specialization from the University of Pretoria. In 1979, Amanda was pushed by her friends to write her first song, ‘EK loop die pad’, which means, I walk down the road. The song went viral and has remained one of her best songs to date. As a matter of fact, the song has been covered by other musicians such as; Laurika Raunch.
Amanda writes a majority of her songs. She also sings songs composed by other artists like Holly Cole, Stef Bos, Kris Kristofferson, George Gershwin, Jose Feliciano, and Koos du Plessis. Amanda Strydom released 13 albums between 1995 and 2010.
6. Spoek Mathambo
Nthato Mokgata is a 34-year-old South African Rapper, artist, songwriter, and producer who has been active since 2006. Before he became famous, he collaborated with Sibot (South African producer) and Okmalumkoolkat on the track, “Nice shandees”. Later on, Spoek released his debut album “Mshini Wam” in 2012. One of the tracks “she’s lost control” went viral to the extent of being awarded “The Young Director Award” at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2011.
His second album “Father Creeper” gained him a second nomination in the 2012 MOBO Awards (Best African Act) and a third one at the 2013 MOBO awards. Later on, Spoek released his third record “Escape from ’85” in mid-2013.
Mthembeni Ndevu is a 27-years-old South African rapper, producer, and songwriter who gained recognition after his single “roll up”. To view Emtee songs, you can check out his YouTube channel. Emtee new album (DIY 2) was released early this year (2018).
4. Lucky Dube
Lucky Philip Dube was a South African Rastafarian and reggae musician who had been active from 1981 and up to 2007 when he met his tragic death (murdered) at the age of 43 years. He left a legacy of the “biggest-selling reggae artist” after recording 22 albums in English, Zulu, and Afrikaans within 25 years.
One of the Most Famous Musicians in South Africa history.
3. Petite Noir
Petite Noir is a 30-year-old South African songwriter, producer, and musician from Cape Town. His real name is Yannick Ilunga. He has a Belgian father and Angolan mother, but he calls South Africa home because that is where he grew up, and his music is based here. He is known for blending African music with contemporary electronics, which makes him create unique music.
He has released several albums such as Life is Beautiful and Eps, such as The King of Anxiety. He has also had the chance to perform with world renown artists such as Kendrick Lamar. He sure has taken his unique music style to the world.
2. Francois Van Coke
His birth name is Francois Badenhorst. Francois is a 38-year-old South African musician who acquired fame after being a frontman in the famous South African bands. For instance; Van coke cartel (was active up to 2017) and Fokofpolisiekar Van Coke had a passion for music since childhood. He performed the vocals in the ‘Battle of Bands’ Competition back in high school. Later on, he created a Christian band known as AS180.
His aggressiveness and passion toward music also made him organize another group known as “A Guy Called Gerald” which later transformed to “New World Inside”.
1. Sho Madjozi
Sho Madjozi, whose real name is Maya Christinah Xichavo, is a rising music star here in South Africa. Apart from being a musician, she can act, rap, and do poems. She has had the privilege of singing alongside top world musicians such as Cardi B, The Weekend, Shawn, Mendes, Chris Martin, and Janelle Monae.
She travels the world most of the time, and she has learned to speak several languages such as Swahili, Tsonga, and French. The vibrant songstress has released songs that were heard all over the world, such as Wakanda Forever, John Cena, Huku, and others.
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