South African House Music Videos: Mafikizolo ft. Uhuru, Umlilo ft. Kyla Phil, Bucie, and More

DJ Zinhle ft. Busiswa – “My Name is”

To put it quite simply: some queen bee shit in the house.


DJ Mahoota vs Vetkuk ft. Thebe – “Masella”

Admittedly, I tried to pass by this music video time and time again but it kept resurfacing in my universe. It’s a good music video for unlikely reasons, primarily centered around how bizarre its use of green screen is. My favorite scene is the semi-lethargic beauty pageant towards the middle of the track, and I find great amusement in how unrefined some of the dance moves are compared to those in most South African music videos. The glitter backgrounds certainly help, as well.

Solange – “Losing You” (Terrible Records)

Lastly, an older track that is not exactly South African… but I just wanted to mention Solange’s 2012 music video for “Losing You”, which was directed by Melina Matsoukas and features high fashion from the Le Sapeurs subculture, which is absolutely fascinating. I would recommend a thorough read on them at Sabotage Times as well as a purchase of Gentleman of Bacongo by Daniele Tamagni, which was the original inspiration for Solange’s music video.

As Solange recalls to Pitchfork:

“When Melina and I decided to film ‘Losing You’ in South Africa, we really didn’t have a real firm concept in place. It was sort of a grab a camera and let’s go moment. I knew I wanted to capture a couple things: the vibe of our friendship and all of the crazy escapades we’ve gotten ourselves into all over the world, and the abstract and elegant Le Sape Society (Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance) formed in the Congo which was documented by Daniele Tamagni in his Gentleman of Bacongo book. We called Daniele to guide us, and some of my friends from New York came down to Cape Town and we all had a very damn good time.”


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Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Vivian regularly shares human-centered stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, they will begin production on a BIPOC metaphysical comedy film entitled RECKLESS SPIRITS. They are passionate about cultural spaces, sustainable practices, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. YEAH!

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[…] African house music has hit the international scene. From Cape Town to London, people are dancing to the electronic sound of the continent. The genre has grown, specially in South Africa, and distinguished itself from other styles. Artists are not afraid to bring in different influences and their own culture into the mix. “Khona” by Mafikizolo ft. Uhuru is just one example of how the african beats will make you want to dance. Keep on dancing with more refreshing videos. […]

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