Top 10 Albums Released in South Africa in 2021
8 December 2021
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By Kinyua Mwangi
South Africa is without a doubt a musical powerhouse and 2021 was the year to further stamp this.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic slowing down the industry, artists continued releasing new music, with some dropping albums that took the nation by storm.
Below are some of the South African music albums that stood out in 2021:
African Queen - Makhadzi
Makhadzi dropped the ‘African Queen’ album on September 3, 2021. The 19-track album features the who-is-who in the music industry – especially Amapiano artists. Some of the top featured artists include; Kabza De Small, Prince Benza, Mr Bow, Cassper Nyovest, Job Dellinger, DJ Dance Okashi and Vee Mampeezy among others.
Modimo wa Nrata - Prince Benza
The former Open Mic Productions artist is a force now in Mzansi, and ‘Modimo Wa Nrata’ album only ascertains this. One of the favourite songs in this album is ‘Mathata AKA’.
Subconsciously - DJ Black Coffee
‘Subconsciously’ is an amazing piece of work as it features a mix of different sounds. The album has high-profile collaborations that include; 10 Missed Calls ft Pharell Williams and Jozzy, Time ft. Cassle, and Lost ft Jinadu among others.
The 4th Republic – Prince Kaybee
Released in March 2021, the album is highly collaborative. The 10-track album is a summary of the interaction Kaybee has had with his fans. The tops songs in the album include; Mpumalanga ft LeboTheGreat, Katara ft Zadok and Umenitosha ft Polaris among others.
Undisputed Vol 2 – Busta 929
The 10-track album featuring the late Mpura caused a serious wave in South Africa. Busta also featured Lady Du, Zuma and many artists in the project.
Blxckie – B4Now
The 11-track album is a blissful work of Hip-hop. He featured big names in the industry among them Nasty C, DJ Maphorisa and Loki among others.
Rumble in The Jungle – DJ Maphorisa
DJ Maphorisa, TRESOR and Kabz de Small came up with this Amapiano collaborative masterpiece released in April. Among those featured is Tyler ICU and Mas Musiq.
Logan – Emtee
Emtee gave his fans a real and special treat with ‘Logan’. It is an exceptional album which you can’t help but notice how well he did it.
g.o.d Guluva – Kwesta
Kwesta unveiled his fourth studio album in May 2021. The album is inspirational and gives hope to the afflicted. COVID-19 pandemic inspired the album’s content in a huge way.
Nqaba Yam – Zahara
2021 was a great musical year for Zahara as she released her ‘Nqaba Yam’ album in August. ‘Nqaba Yam’ is Zahara’s seventh studio album. In the album, Zahara highlights some of her life victories and struggles. The first song in the album is ‘Nqaba Yam’. Other songs in the album include; ‘Izolo’ and ‘Nyamezela’ among others.