#WeekendPlaylist: Bump it up with some amapiano, hip-hop, soul and pop

From Mamelodi to Melbourne, The South African has an array of sounds both local and international lined up on this weekend’s playlist.

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Your last #WeekendPlaylist for the last weekend of August ranges across genres and even continents…


DBN Gogo and Dinho – Thokoza Café – EP

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DBN Gogo and Dinho Café. Image: @KatDon_Seles

Pretoria DJs DBN Gogo and Dinho Café have teamed up to create their first EP together.

DBN Gogo – real name Mandisa Radebe – has kept South Africans dancing through lockdown with her mixes on YouTube.

The DJ hosted Quarantunes Live Sessions  on her YouTube where it pulled in 110 000 views.

Dinho Café – real name Tiego Mutau – is well known for his smooth house sounds and the annual Dinho Café 26 December celebration in Mamelodi, Pretoria.

Top-pick songs:

  • iVibe (featuring Vine Muziq, Optimist Music ZA and Makhanj)
  • Frensh Kiss (featuring Felo Le Tee, Hi Levelz and Optimist Music ZA)
  • Buyel’ekhaya (Vine Muziq, Optimist Music ZA, C Ricco, Makhanj and Richard Kay)

You can find the album here.

Hip-hop and rap

Gunna – Wunna

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American rapper Gunna released his second studio album Wunna following his 2019 album Drip or Drown 2.

The Drip Too Hard rapper features some of America’s top rap artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, and Travis Scott. A review by PitchFork journalist Alphonse Pierre celebrates the album with a rating of 7.2 out of ten. It highlights  Gunna’s “pristine beats and colourful puns”.

The album is a head bopper for sure and, according to PitchFork ratings, is better than Drip or Drown 2.

Top-pick songs:

  • 200 For Lunch
  • One Watch (featuring Young Thug)
  • Nothing 4 Free (featuring NAV)

You can find the album here.


Filah La La – Filahsofy – EP

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Filah Lah Lah

With a soothing voice, piano instrumentals, subtle violins and jazzy sounds, newcomer Filah Lah Lah is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Her six-track EP is nothing short of amazing and she delivers in every single track.

The singer-songwriter is easy to listen to and her vocals are well-rounded.

Filah is currently featured in four of Apple Music’s R&B playlists. Curl up to her sound with a glass of wine and a beautiful sunset.

Top-pick songs:

  • This Is
  • Talk About it
  • Defiant

You can find the album here.


Troye Sivan – In a Dream– EP

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Image via Instagram/@troyesivan

The South African-born singer, songwriter and actor delivers easy-to-vibe-to “lo-fi” type beats in his music.

This EP comes after Sivan’s second album Bloom released in 2018.

The opening song of the EP sees Troye unhappy in his Los Angeles home in the US and wanting to return to his home city Melbourne in Australia.

With his melancholy lyrics and diverse beat choices Troye Sivan keeps listeners on their feet with In a Dream.

Top-pick songs:

  • Take Yourself Home
  • Stud
  • In a Dream

You can find the album here.

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