Seven of the Best Nigeria-South Africa Collabs


Since 2019’s tail end to the beginning of 2020, the South African Amapiano records has populated the soundscape and have attained mainstream success to date. South African-Nigerian music collaborations vice versa, have been offered with a variety of sounds in time past, including Afrobeats, Hip-hop and Amapiano records which had currently given birth to songs like Naira Marley’s Busiswa assisted “Coming,” Focalistic’s hit “Ke Star,” Remix with Davido.

In the recent past, what’s lingered within Nigeria and South Africa’s music spaces was Mafikzolo’s 2014 “Tchelete” which had Davido at the time, Wizkid‘s 2017 “All For Love” with Bucie, AKA’s 2014 “All Eyes On Me” wired inputs from Burna Boy, Da Les, JR and more. However, more presently is the popular Brooklyn’s music drill scene Influence from the late Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, that has continued to interpolate music spaces. Including Ghanaian/Nigerian drill stepper’s like Black Sheriff, Yaw Tog, PsychoYP, King Perry and more whose influences are continually taking front rows up on a number of drill records.

For the South African Amapiano, it has given birth to records that have encroached music charts. DJ Kaywise’s “Highway” featuring Phyno, was incredible at the time. Recently, the best most Nigerian-South African collaborations consist of songs with other sound Influences, like Amapiano which has also taken front rows and we bring to you sevenof the best and more.

DJ Maphorisa featuring Wizkid and DJ Buckz — “Soweto Baby”

In 2015, this South African-Nigerian record waved through the airwaves; it inhabited club spaces, and was strongly embraced by listeners, as it took front rows of best music collaboration conversations at the time. In 2015, “Sweto Baby,” could almost be regarded as part of the best joint SA-NG released songs.

Focalistic featuring Davido — “Ke Star (remix)”

In February 2021, Focalistic’s “Ke Star remix” was born and became populated within the music spaces in West Africa. Davido’s input was a significant factor that famed the Amapiano influenced record and multiplied it’s success to a wider audience.

Major Lazer featuring Patoranking, Nasty C, Jidenna and Ice Prince — “Particula”

The South African DJ Maphorisa co-produced this record with the almighty influence of Major Lazer’s laid headlong, alongside super stars Ice Prince (Nigeria), Nasty C (South Africa), Patoranking (Nigeria) and Jidenna (American-Nigerian). The 2017 “Particula” is arguably one of the best music products of 2017.

Davido featuring Focalistic — “Champion Sound”

In 2021, Davido’s “Champion Sound” was borne out of the trust he has developed with Focalistic. It was due to the fact that he desired replicating the success of “Ke Star remix” at the time. “Champion Sound,” was an exuberant release that laid the mark of another monumental SA-NG collab.

Nasty C featuring Runtown — “Said”

Nasty C’s “Said” featuring Runtown was materialized by Coke Studio Africa. The chemistry between Nasty and Runtown has lingered from time past; as sensational rap verses were laid over Runtown’s “Mad Over You” during a Coke Studio session that went viral.

Runtown featuring Uhuru — “Banger”

Runtown’s club worthy “Banger,” became a 2014 soundtrack during the festive periods. And with the input of Uhuru alongside Runtown’s Influence that magnified the song to show the power in a Nigerian-South African collab.

Davido featuring Nasty C — “Coolest Kid In Africa”

“Coolest Kid In Africa” was one of Davido’s defining moments, on Kiddominat’s trap-beat sample, alongside the South African beloved Nasty C, it turned out to be a successful and expansive record.


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