10 South African Artists to watch out for in 2021

2020 has been a special year for South Africa Music and its industry, many records being broken by different south African artists from different genres of music. 2020 was a year were we saw Many new artists bringing SA music to another level, as well established artists contributing to the extension of the country music overseas.


Elaine - Hottest New South African Artists

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Following her international deal, Elaine proved she’s not the flash in the pan as she kept delivering hits last year. She officially welcomed the year with her You’re The One going 7 times platinum. She also led on Spotify with 7 songs.

Elaine officially made all female proud last year as she bagged a new degree in law and yet was still consistent in making music. She promises 2021 to be more of a promising year as we should be on the look for her.

Blaq Diamond

Blaq Diamond

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As one of the most consistent duo of 2020, Blaq Diamond showed us the power of two as they kept making us proud.

One of the projects fans love so much on Afro House, Umuthi happened to be one of it for the year. They also bagged the SAMA record of the year which they increased the fame by dropping another hit titled Summeryomuthi.

Blaq Diamond also made it to our 50 Hottest / Top South African Songs of 2020 and 20 Hottest / Top Afro House songs of 2020. They are surely the new cash cow for Ambitiouz entertainment. With their pace in the industry, we are sure to be blessed by them again in 2021.



Last year was a great year for South African Deep House Producer. Jazzuelle has been contributing to the elevation and recognition of SA house music for a year, last year he solidified himself as one of the best producers in the country with his extraordinary album “Rogue”.

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The album was a gift to the Deep House underground community in South Africa that nobody expected.

Rogue was followed by another fantastic project “Quantum States EP”. Jazzuelle is hungry for more and promises to bring better and well-done projects in 2021.



As one of the artists who receive tons of applauds on their projects, A-Reece happens to be one of them. Some believe the Hip Hop industry is against him but he keeps his head against all competitions of Nasty C given to him. With much love gotten from his Paradise 1 project, his fans are still anticipating the project which they hope should drop this year.

Paradise 2 still remains the most anticipated album in the industry and A-Reece makes it more interesting by keeping it suspense. A-Reece is sure to come out shocking this year again as usual as he remains one of the artists to watch out for in 2021.

Scorpion Kings (Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa)

scorpion kings - maphorisa and kabza de small

Some believe this year is for Hip Hop and the end of Amapiano, but for Amapiano to keep thriving, their consistency in dropping more tracks needs to keep moving forward. We believe they definitely have plans to keep the title 2021 as they were seen in the studio to make us proud once again.

Showing how much effort they gave the genre last year, a lot of success has been made from it as we now have different countries doing Amapiano now and expecting Drake to drop his Amapiano track. The Scorpion Kings have also gotten their fans ready for their joint album with Trevoh titled Rumble In The Jungle.

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After proving to the industry her strength by delivering her deluxe album titled Rose Gold, Shekinah has been keeping her pace in the industry. She’s expected to drop an album this year which she promises will be one of the greatest the industry will ever hold.

One of her hit singles for this year includes Tides, Whipped by Tellaman featuring Nasty C where she reminded the industry again she is still gaining her ground.



As one of the most consistent artists in the industry, Emtee keeps been ahead of his game making sure not to go into extinction. He prepares his fans ahead of his upcoming project for the year titled LOGAN. He includes his signed artist, Flash Ikumkani, in the project and other featured artists.

Dedicating the album to his son and also his first project as an independent artist, after his departure from his former record label, Ambitiouz Entertainment. Keeping the album till this year shows how hard Emtee is coming on the album this year.

Sha Sha

sha sha sa singer

The Zimbabwe-born singer/vocalist has been a role lately, she came into the light in 2019, signed by BlaqBoy Music and since then she caught the hearts of South African with her amazing vocals on Amapiano genre songs.

Sha Sha was one of the hottest South African artists in 2019, with so many singles topping the charts. She entered 2020 as being one of the artists to watch out and she was planning to release her debut album by that year, but things didn’t go according to planing, and we might see her new album this year.  She already started the year by releasing one of the hottest single so far titled “Woza”, and we expect more of the same to come.

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DJ Zinhle

Dj Zinhle is one if not the most successful female producer in South Africa, although she is also a very successful businesswoman, being the CEO of Boulevard Nectar Rosé, that doesn’t take away from being an amazing afro house music DJ. She behind numerous hit songs in south Africa music including her most recent super hit song “Umlilo”.

Dj Zinhle will not stop there and it seems that 2021 will be a great year for her and a new project or album might be coming from the DJ.

Prince Kaybee

Prince Kaybee

Prince Kaybee continues to keep being the people’s man despite his controversy last year. He gained the crowd’s attention last year when he delivered Project Hope Season 1 which he proved the worth of women on the track and celebrated all the women in the country.

His last album project that before was “Re Mmino”. He is expected to drop his 4th album this year which he titled The 4th Republic.

What do you think of our list of the 10 South African artists to watch out for in 2021? Leave a comment if you have any other artist In mind.

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