Welcome to edition 4 of SA Urban Weekly as we do a round-up the week it has been. This week we, however also touch on some material from last week that we missed.
Kicking off with that – on the 15th DreamTeam returned with a new single titled Jakalas. A Kwaito song released via Universal Music Group, Jakalas enlists appearances from Beast and Mzambiya. Also bringing new music, Khuli Chana also unveiled his fourth studio album, Planet of The Have Nots. Stay tuned to DopeOffthePress for the album review coming soon.
Also from the 15th, Kwesta finally dropped his highly anticipated single, Run It Up featuring Rich Homie Quan. Following Cassper Nyovest’s Who Got The Block Hot video release, Frank Casino also came through with visuals for Black Metalic, a song off his Heroes Of Tomorrow EP. Also bringing visuals a day before the above was DJ Sliqe coming through with visuals for Spaan Saam, a song off Injayam Vol.2 enlisting an appearance from Kwesta. Check out all these projects below.
Let’s now go straight to this week’s content, starting with the SA Hip Hop Awards.
SA Hip Hop Awards: Flame Reps The Freshmen, uTatakho for Song of The Year, See Full-List Here
On Wednesday the 20th, the prestigious SA Hip Hop Awards took place at the Gold Reef Lyric Theatre as planned. Winning big, Youngsta CPT won two awards, namely the Best Video Award (song: YVR) and 3T was named the album of the year and Cassper Nyovest, also winning 2 awards, got the Hustler of The Year award and Promoter of The Year with “Fill Up”.
Flame represented the 2019 freshmen winning two awards, namely; the Best Freshman award as well as the Best Male award. Other worthy mentions include Falko given the Honorary Award, Nadia Nakai winning her first SA Hip Hop award and Yanga Chief winning song of the year with Utatakho.
Anatii & Wizkid Scoops A BET Soul Train Award
On the 17th of November, BET hosted their Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The event hosted by Tisha Campbell & Tichina Arnold honored artists in 12 different categories.
Amongst those honored were two Africans, namely; South African musician Anatii and Nigerian, Wizkid who were both honored for their contribution to Beyoncé’s hit song Brown Skin Girl. The song, winning the Ashford and Simpson’s songwriter’s award, is taken off Beyoncé’s The Lion King, The Gift album released back in July.
The Soul Train Music Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award, also referred to as Record of the Year, was first awarded to John Legend in 2009. John Legend currently holds the most awards in this category, with three in total.
Congratulations Anatii & Wizkid.
Africans Unite Concert Canceled Due To Public Outcry Over Burna Boy’s Inclusion
Apparently South Africans no longer want Burna Boy into the country. A “public outcry” over the musician’s inclusion on the Africans Unite Concert led the organizers to cancel the event. The outcry followed Burna Boy’s vow to never set foot in SA and threatening South African rapper AKA, warning him to “beef up his security“.
On Wednesday Phambili Media issued a statement announcing the cancellation. This followed a call from the Tshwane Entertainment Collective to boycott the Africans Unite Concert. The statement read, “With the increasing threats of violence from other unfortunate segments of the public and without any government intervention, Phambili Media and Play Network Africa were prompted to take the threats and warnings seriously, as the safety of all artists and attendees could not be guaranteed. We then decided to cancel the concert. The safety of all attendees, artists, and crew comes first.”
The concert was scheduled for November 23 and 24 at the Hillcrest Quarry and Sun Arena respectively. The concert line-up also enlisted Jidenna, Kwesta and more. Those who had purchased tickets may claim their refund. Click here for the how-to (see the statement).
DJ Dimplez Set To Drop A New Project. Get The First Single & Pre-Order The Project Today
DJ Dimplez has been cooking some new music and it drops sooner that you think. Dubbed Kubu, DJ Dimples announced the coming of the project earlier in the week. Unveiling the project artwork, DJ Dimples wrote:
KUBU a name my parents call me by, and also a way that the Bakubung tribe refer to each other. This album is dedicated to my family and everyone that supports and understands my love for hip hop.
The DJ has not yet announced the project release date, however from the now available pre-order, the project can be expected on the 29th of November. The project will consist of 20 songs in total, enlisting appearances from the likes of; Touchline, Anatii, Ice Prince, Khuli Chana, Faith K, Youngsta CPT, TRK, Nadia Nakai, Gemini Major, Ayanda MVP, Dee Koala and more.
Unveiling the pre-order today, DJ Dimples also unveiled the lead single off the project. Dubbed Talking Too Much, the new song enlists appearances from Reason, pH Raw X, and JR. Click the artwork attached for the lead single as we await the Kubu album release.
More News: Chad Da Don (SSDD Remix), AKA (F.R.E.E Visuals), Okmalumkoolkat (Drip Siphi Iskorobho)
This past week, Okmalumkoolkat came through with visuals for his most recent offering, a single dubbed Drip Siphi Iskorobho. Directed by Princess Zulu, the new Drip Siphi Iskorobho visuals were shot in the leafy suburbs of Tshwane East.
Speaking of visuals, this week AKA kicked off shooting visuals for one of his most recent singles, F.R.E.E. Released early in the month, F.R.E.E enlists guest appearances from Riky Rick and DJ Tira.
Coming through with new music, Chad Da Don finally unveiled his Same Sh*t Different Day Remix. The original song enlisted an appearance from Emtee and the remix now includes Reason and Youngsta CPT. Check this and more below.