14 South African Artists To Look Out For In 2023

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Flash Ikumkani

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Flash Ikumkani is at the forefront of the new wave of Xhosa rappers coming out of the Eastern and Western Cape. His 2020 breakout single “Umhluzi” and its subsequent remix with peers Soul T iDyan and Bravo Le Roux, is arguably one of the strongest hip-hop songs to drop in 2020, a year that was heavily clouded by amapiano. Flash prides himself in being “intwana yasenkeva” (loosely translated to “a guy from the rural areas”), and his lyrics often detail stories about his upbringing and everything he has been through while pursuing his dream. The Emtee Records signee is set to release his debut EP aptly titled Inkwenkwezi (“a star” in isiXhosa) in 2021 and, with it, he stands a good chance of dominating the game.

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