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These new kids are changing South Africa's Hip‑Hop scene

Don’t sleep on them.

Hip-hop is an ever growing and evolving genre and new up and coming artists always make for exciting listening as they interpret a generation’s interpretation of this age-old art form. We look at some of our favourite undiscovered music releases from South Africa and we hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we did.

Zito Mowa

Kgodisho ‘Zito’ Mowa is a house and hip-hop producer and graphic designer who recent entrance into beat making and music production has brought a much need breath of fresh air into the Joburg Hip hop scene. His laid-back beats and cool demeanour have certainly made him one to look out for.

Andy Mkosi

Andy Mkosi is a firm favourite amongst Cape Town hip hop fans. The queer photographer and rapper who is known for her edgy songs and politically charged lyrics is continuing to set the bar high for young new age rappers. Her latest offering This audio is visual is a rhythmic selection of pulsating hip hop tracks that have a politically conscious message blended with catchy beats that change in tempo as the songs progress.


Thami Mozolo or Poetic is a rapper and poet based in Joburg and his recent EP BLACKep is a politically conscious mix of poetry and hip-hop. The nine-track EP is an affirmation of the black experience and its excellence and it is driven by beats the replicate the 90’s era with their hard beats and quick bars with a poetic flow.

Read next: Pantsula: 5 faces shaping the South African scene today