14 South African Artists To Look Out For In 2023

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Dlala Thukzin

If you follow the gqom scene, then you should be familiar with the name or his producer tag. Thukzin broke into the industry as a producer on Babes Wodumo’s genre-defining 2016 debut album, Gqom Queen, vol. 1. Since then, he has taken centre stage and managed to establish himself as a standalone artist, releasing his own singles including the 2019 hit “Naba Laba” featuring Dladla Mshunqisi and Zulu Mkhathini. His debut EP Permanent Music, released in the last quarter of 2020, is not limited to gqom and has hints of other electronic dance music sounds like Afrotech, making him an ideal candidate for a European crossover. After all, South African house music has a solid foundation in Europe through efforts made by the likes of Black Coffee, DJ Lag, Rude Boyz and other SA dance music pioneers.
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