Biggest music moments in 2022

04 January 2023
Who made the hottest headlines? Who broke the internet? Who ran up the numbers? Here's your round-up of the most talked-about moments in music this year.
Biggest Moments in 2022

Big Zulu vs. SA Hip Hop

In an epic stunt that has been dubbed the revival of South African Hip Hop, Big Zulu unleashed his fury on the industry's most prominent incumbents. The rapper tossed heated blows to the likes of K.O, AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Kwesta and Duncan. And while AKA refused to partake in the mudslinging, his peers weren't about to miss the opportunity to retaliate in their own beef tracks. The biggest winner was K.O, who waited for no grass to grow before releasing his megahit 'SETE'. The rest, as we saw, has been history. 

Cassper Nyovest vs. NaakmusiQ boxing match 

Why did the rappers throw hands? Because Cass has seemingly added boxing to his long list of talents and didn't mind taking on whoever was ready to jump in the ring with him. The match with NaakmusiQ was broadcast on Channel O, breaking the internet while leaving jaws intact. Naakmusiq trounced Cassper and emerged the victor. Nyovest would later redeem himself with a victory against Priddy Ugly. 

Black Coffee Grammy 

Now that he's conquered the world, bringing the world's most prestigious gong was the next level. And Coffee pushed through the ceiling when he bagged a Grammy award in Best Dance/Electronic Album for 'Subconsciously'.

Uncle Waffles 

The lady is the moment! As if having the likes of Drake gushing over her on the internet is not enough of an epic bragging moment, Uncle Waffles went to top charts with her single 'Tanzania', launch her own slot on BBC Radio 1, as well as launch her own line of yummy waffles at a popular fried chicken franchise. She's winning. 

Amapiano on Tik Tok 

Dance challenges like the 'Umlando Challenge', 'Tobetsa', and many others, proved that Amapiano is here to take over the entire globe. 

Black Motion splitting-up 

As a duo, they are lionised for their untouchable catalogue, their electrifying live performances, and their ability to deliver street anthems that never leave the soul behind. But when their split was announced, panic ensued on the internet. Fans and peers were upset by the news. There's no bad blood, however, as both Mörda and Smol have maintained an awe-inspiring personal and creative connection. 

Mzansi on Black Panther 

A slew of South African artists made the cut to the soundtrack. The likes of DBN Gogo, Sino Msolo, Kamo Mphela appeared on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Inspired By. 

John Legend and Mthandazo Gatya 

The American R&B superstar was so impressed with Gatya's viral Zulu rendition of his song 'Nervous', that he brought him onstage during one of his performances. It was a special, heartwarming moment for Gatya, whose talent is breathtaking. 

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