New Music Friday: Local artists lead the way with five-star releases

As we close off February, Mzansi artists continue to dominate our New Music Friday. Star rapper and producer Zoocci Coke Dope has released his first album in nearly three years while afro-pop singer Maleh returns with a heartfelt album titled Lerato Laka. American hip-hop duo EarthGang has released their Ghetto Gods album ahead of their upcoming world tour. 

Take a look at some New Music Friday releases here.

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ZOOCCI COKE DOPE – ‘ANXIETY+’

Award-winning producer Zoocci Coke Dope has released the sequel to his 2019 Anxiety album. This new album, titled Anxiety+, features the likes of Nasty C, Blxckie, Stogie T and songstress Lady Zamar. 

The star producer calls the album, “the best project” he’s ever made. 

LISTEN TO ‘LIFT ME UP’ HERE 

MALEH – ‘LERATO LAKA’

Lesotho-born songstress Maleh rose to fame with her debut album, Step Child, in 2011. Almost a decade later, the Sama-winning singer has officially released her fourth album titled Lerato Laka

As per Music in Africa, Lerato Laka celebrates the journey women take as they realise their worth, discover self-love and pursue their destinies. 

LISTEN TO ‘MOSADI’ HERE 

AVRIL LAVIGNE – ‘LOVE SUX’

In 2002, Avril Lavigne’s debut album, Let Go was the best-selling album from a Canadian artist in the 21st-century album. Nearly 20 years later, the Canadian rock star is back with her seventh studio album, Love Sux

The 12-track album features Machine Gun Kelly, blackbear and Mark Hoppus. On the album, Lavigne includes some classic pop and punk sounds.

LISTEN TO ‘LOVE IT WHEN YOU HATE ME’ HERE 

SEVDALIZA – ‘RAVING DAHLIA’

Iranian-Dutch singer Sevdaliza returns to music two years after the release of her album Shabrang. Her new EP, Raving Dahlia is a genre-bending project carried by electronic sounds. 

LISTEN TO ‘HIGH ALONE’ HERE 

OSCAR MBO – ‘MY STORY’

Deep House DJ, Oscar Mbo kept it short, sweet and personal with his four-track EP, My Story. The popular DJ featured vocalists Kaylow, Simmy, Thakzin and MaWhoo. DJ LeSoul also features on the album. 

LISTEN TO ‘GOOD MUSIC’ HERE 

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EARTHGANG – ‘GHETTO GODS’

American hip-hop duo EarthGang released a new 17-track album titled Ghetto Gods featuring some of the hottest artists in the United States. Their rap album features the likes of Future, J Cole, Ari Lennox, Musiq Soulchild and JID. 

Their new album comes days after announcing South African musician Blxckie will be a supporting act on the Europe and United Kingdom legs of their world tour. 

LISTEN TO ‘AMEN’

NEON DREAMS – ‘LITTLE DANCE’

Canadian alternative duo Neon Dreams are currently touring South Africa and they have taken some time to release a new single in the middle of it. Their single Little Dance is a perfect love song fused with some upbeat pop sounds. 

LISTEN TO ‘LITTLE DANCE’ HERE 

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