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Thank you for the SA music this year, Hlaudi

We cannot deny, 2016 has been THE year for South African music, and next year will just get better. Some of our greatest music has come from artists who have shone bright in 2016. The Daily Vox rounds up five people who have done great things for South African music this year.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng 

Okay we know you’re sceptical, but hear us out. Hlaudi is first on our list because he did something no other South African has done for the local industry: he has created a space for SA music on air. In May this year, the SABC announced they would have a trial period of three months in which their 18 stations played 90% local content. This ultimately opened up the industry for more local content to get airplay, be produced and be competitive.

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This year he shone bright at the BET Awards in Los Angeles where he scooped Best International Act – Africa. He beat the likes of AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Diamond Platnumz, MzVee, Serge Beynaud, Wizkid and Yemi Alade. He is the first South African to take home the award. In April, he rocked crowds at one of the USA’s biggest music festivals, Coachella.

Sketchy Bongo

The Durban-born producer started off working out of a studio at home. This where he produced some of the greatest music to come out of the country like Let You Know and Back to the Beach, which were released last year but gave way to his deal with Ultra and Sony Music in the USA. He and the creative collective from Durban, The Wolf Pack were flames this year and cannot wait for more good stuff next year.

Babes Wodumo

Wololo is officially the anthem of 2016 – there is no denying that. It was named dance song of the year by iTunes and also inspired #FeesMustFall students this year.

In a short time, Babes became south Africa’s bae, and released her first album, Ggom Queen vol.1 with 15 tracks.

Cassper Nyovest

Before he boycotted Twitter when Minnie got engaged, Cassper filled up one of the biggest stadiums in the country, Orlando stadium in October. He moved from a 20, 000-seater at the Dome last year to a 40, 000-seater stadium full of people who came to see him, Emtee, Riky Rick, Babes Wodumo and Wizkid. His next mission is to fill up FNB Stadium next year.

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons

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Rumana is multimedia journalist who likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

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