Artists from around the world are always looking to collaborate with South Africans and in this day and age, being in the same studio, or even in the same country, is no-longer a problem. Thanks to Skype and Dropbox, the internet has allowed for many artists to work and connect with each other to create music their own respective countries. We take a look at a few of the collaborations with South African artists that have caught our ears in the last few years.
Stimming & Lazarusman
Since 2010, these two have released some anthemic deep house tunes, racking up plays and online chart positions in the process. Lazarusman's thought provoking lyrics took Stimming's inspired productions to a new level completely, and he remains one of the handful of vocalists to have worked with the talented German producer.
Branko, Nonku Phiri & Mr. Carmack
'Let Me Go' is a beautifully created masterpiece, featuring a slow-paced groove driving Nonku's blissful vocals. The collaboration laid the canvas for a burst of creativity, which is evident both in the music and in the video. We're definitely looking forward to more of this.
Trenton And Free Radical & Maxi Jazz
Reggae, hip-hop and electro hybrid outfit Trenton and Free Radical brought Faithless' Maxi Jazz on board to further expand thinking on this optimistic reggae tune coupled with thought provoking lyrics. It's a proper feel good song that'll turn your frown upside-down.
Goodluck & De Hofnar
Goodluck and De Hofnar took us back to the simpler times with this fun-loving, frivolous track. Signed to Armada Deep, the quality production a top of Jules' angelic voice took this track up the charts and dominated record sales.
Cosmic Gate & J'Something
Trance legends Cosmic Gate collided with Mi Casa's J'Something to bring this stadium sized anthem to the world. The uplifting chords and rolling drums bring the track to a crescendo of note, and alongside J'Something's soulful vocals, it explodes into a hands-in-the-air Megalodon of a track.
Cuebur & Marissa Guzman
Another match made in heaven, Cuebur's hypnotic afro-house rhythms is a sure-fire dancefloor destroyer. Add Marissa Guzman's dreamy vocals to the mix and the track becomes a euphoric journey through African house music. Close your eyes and let the rhythm take you.
Mumford & Sons, Baba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg
Recently featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, this collaboration included vocals from Senegalese singer Baba Maal, production from The Very Best and the full troupe of Cape Town band Beatenberg. The single taken of the EP 'Johannesburg' is beautiful example of what can happen when you bring artists from all walks of life together.
Bakermat, Marie Plassard & Goldfish
Bakermat and Goldfish created this tune last year with Marie Plassard and the result is an uplifting summer house belter. Featuring the classic house chord stabs and Goldfish's saxophone mastery, the track screams beach parties with sand in your toes. A well orchestrated collaboration joining two leaders of fun-filled, light hearted house music.
Atjazz, Jullian Gomes & Bucie
Bringing together a British house music veteran and one of South Africa's most talented young producers could only produce a world-class project. The collaboration of Atjazz and Jullian Gomes sent waves all over the world. Their album 'The Gift, The Curse' became a hit in 2013 and solidified them as a gold standard in house music.
Black Coffee & Tortured Soul
Black Coffee has no doubt had some high-profile colabs over the years and this is probably the most special one of them all. Featuring the vocals of John-Christian Urich, the leader singer and bassist of Tortured Soul, this blissful tune is as soulful as it gets. The beautiful chords provided by the late Ethan White make this an emotional journey with Black Coffee's production maintaining the groove throughout. There's even a remix from Ethan himself, what a talent.
LV & Okmalumkoolkat
It's tough to shrug off this epic collaboration between South London and South Africa. 'Boomslang' and 'Sebenza' brought together two distinct music genres - kwaito and UKG - and found the thread that binds them. The result is dancefloor-ready, high-energy doses of SA and UK culture in its rawest form.
Davido & Mafikizolo
Everything Davido touches seems to turn to gold. This collaboration racked up a massive 11-million views on YouTube, which is impressive on any standard. Tchelete, which translates to "Money", was produced by Kalawa Jazmee founder Oskido and Nigerian producer Shizzi. Mafikizolo and Davido delivered their high-energy vocals to this dancefloor-ready tune, which came about through a networking session at MTN Nigeria's Elite Night event in December 2013.
Emmy Gee, AB Crazy & DJ Dimplez
"From Jozi to Lagos." This trio dropped a massive tune connecting South Africa and Nigeria. Featuring AB Crazy and DJ Dimplez, Nigerian artist Emmy Gee struck gold with this song. The track was nominated for 2 Channel O Awards and won Video of the Year at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in 2014.
Drake, Wizkid & Maphorisa
While it might not have been an actual collaboration, (the beat is a remix of the garage track 'Do You Mind' by Crazy Cousins & Kyla), it's an amazing feat to be credited as a co-producer of Drake's 'One Dance'. As one of the biggest tracks of the year, Maphorisa must be stoked to have played a part in this project.
AKA, Da Les, JR & Burna Boy
This club banger crept into charts and clubs all over South Africa. Featuring Nigerian rapper Burna Boy, this collaboration is no doubt a successful one. The track also features a sample, this time from Jomanda's 'Got A Love For You', a hip-house classic.