FAKA - 'Uyang'khumbula'

I watched Faka live recently and was taken by their set. It felt as though we were all in a trance. The music they produce is Gqom, a popular South African genre which is a high-intensity club music. They're so much more than just the music side of things as they involve so many of the arts in their performances.

Sho Madjozi & PS DJZ - 'Dumi Hi Phone'

Sho Madjozi also produces Gqom music, I enjoy her lyrical style. It complements the tracks really well and is a departure from what we are used to hearing on a gqom track. She's now based in Jo'Burg which has a dope club scene.

Angel-Ho - 'Clocccc'

Cape Town's Angel-Ho is an incredible producer and I am lucky to call them my friend. Angel's sound is disruptive, deliberate and often times challenging.

Babes Wodumo ft. Mampintsha - 'Wololo'

I am a great fan of Babes Wodumo, the Queen of Gqom music. I don't know what else to say other than her music is the soundtrack to the lives of many young South Africans!

Msaki - 'Weight (For The War)'

Msaki is a bold and measured artist. Her sound is well defined and intelligent. She's really crafted her own style and she's definitely going to be one to watch for 2018.

Boogee Zauce – 'Secret Boogee Zauce Party'

This track was produced by a group of South African, Australian and UK students during my trip to London. I believe it carries distinct personality and is the kind of track which could be capable of igniting an international network of artists who create together.


Dope Saint Jude was a mentor at this year's Nando's Music Exchange, which took place in July. Nando's Music Exchange inspires talent in the UK and South Africa through a network of established artists, regular workshops and partnerships. As well as enjoying one-to-one access to industry specialists, 30 workshop attendees this year were also challenged to create tracks in a day.