5 Local artists aren’t letting lockdown stop them from dropping albums

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Cassper Nyovest is the latest artist to show his support to fellow rapper Gigi Lamayne by purchasing her merchandise.
Cassper Nyovest is the latest artist to show his support to fellow rapper Gigi Lamayne by purchasing her merchandise.
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The entertainment industry is one of many sectors that has suffered because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the shutting down of many places, artists can’t tour and perform the music they release. This has forced many artists to postpone single and album release dates.

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Regardless of the struggles, many artists are still moving forward with dropping records. Some even managed to release tracks before the national lockdown was implemented.

Here’s a look at five artists who are going to and have released their studio albums this year.

Nasty C

The anticipation for his next body of work is high, since he last dropped a record, Strings and Bling, in 2018. Now signed to Def Jam Recordings, in a joint venture with Universal Music Africa, the award-winning rapper is releasing his third studio album, Zulu Man with Some Power.

The record features local artists such as Tellaman and Rowlene, with whom the rapper has collaborated with on previous albums. Internationally, Nasty C features T.I., Ari Lennox, Lil Gotit and Lil Keed. American rapper T.I. features on two songs – one of which has already dropped, They Don’t.

The record drops on Friday 28 August.

Cassper Nyovest

The Amademoni rapper announced his album release in the cutest way. “I’m going to be a father Any Minute Now so I decided to name my album #AMN (Any Minute Now),” he tweeted. The cover art is an ultrasound pic of his unborn son.

Cassper has also gotten candid with the features on AMN, with pictures with the artists and videos of their studio sessions. So far, rapper Zola; Samthing Soweto; Mo-T from Mi Casa; and his very own signed artist, Nadia Nakai, will feature on the record.

The album is set to drop on Friday 11 September.

Kelly Khumalo

In January, the songstress announced that her album will be dropping in May as she was promoting one of the singles. She had to postpone the release date, though, as Covid-19 hit. Kelly has, however, been consistently dropping singles throughout the lockdown period.

In an interview with SowetanLIVE, she says she’s been working on the record since last year and just the final touches are missing.

The singer has been teasing her fans with the hashtag #TheVoiceOfAfricaLoading but no date has been confirmed for the album’s release. In the meantime, she’s promoting her latest reality show, Life with Kelly Khumalo.


The Afro-soul singer was one of the lucky artists who managed to drop their albums before the national lockdown. Berita started working on her fourth studio album, Songs in the Key of Love, last year. It features the single Jikizinto.

The Zimbabwe-born star also recently announced that her debut record, Conquering Spirit, would be available on all streaming and digital platforms. She also told fans she has full master-owner rights of the album under her company, Assali Music.

Vigro Deep

One of South Africa’s biggest amapiano stars is no stranger to making hits. Producing songs such as Vula Vala and Sgubu Se Monati that carried most South Africans through the festive season, the DJ might just find himself winning more awards.

Today Vigro Deep dropped his third studio album, Rise of a Baby Boy. He released his first album at 17 and his second album, Baby Boy II: Reloaded, last year.

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