Famous South African Singers

Find out more about the greatest South African Singers, including Watkin Tudor Jones, Dave Matthews, Miriam Makeba, Shaun Morgan and Tammin Sursok.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Brenda Fassie

Brenda Fassie
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Langa
Died: May 9, 2004

 2 Yolandi

Yolandi
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
South African rapper Anri du Toit, better known as Yolandi Visser, performs as part of the rap-rave group Die Antwoord, which has released hits such as Enter the Ninja. She has also starred in films such as Chappie. She is known for her signature blonde hair and outrageous fashion sense.

 3 Watkin Tudor Jones

Watkin Tudor Jones
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Johannesburg

Watkin Tudor Jones, better known as Ninja, is a South African rapper, songwriter, record producer, and director. He is a member of the rap-rave group Die Antwoord. He has been active in the hip hop scene since he was 13 and has played with numerous bands in his career. He is also an occasional actor.

 4 Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: November 10, 2008

Miriam Makeba was a South African singer, actress, songwriter, civil rights activist, and United Nations goodwill ambassador. One of the first African musicians to make an impact on the international stage, Makeba is credited with popularizing Afropop genres. She also advocated against apartheid through music and played a major role in the civil rights movement.

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 5 Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews
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Famous As: Lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band.
Birthdate: January 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Johannesburg
South African-born American singer Dave Matthews gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Dave Matthews Band. Known for hits such as So Much to Say, Some Devil, and Gravedigger, he has won two Grammys, one with the band and the other as a solo artist. 

 6 Glynis Johns

Glynis Johns
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

The veteran British actress who belongs to the Golden Age of Hollywood is known for her stellar roles in films like Miranda, Third Time Lucky and State Secret. Glynis Johns is also a singer, distinguished by her husky voice. She acted on the stage and the television. The daughter of actor, Mervyn Johns, has a son from her first marriage.

 7 Shaun Morgan

Shaun Morgan
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: December 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg
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 8 Trevor Rabin

Trevor Rabin
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

 9 Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Yvonne Chaka Chaka
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Famous As: singer
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Dobsonville

 10 Blondie Chaplin

Blondie Chaplin
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: July 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Durban

 11 Jonathan Butler

Jonathan Butler
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Guitarist, Jazz guitarist
Birthdate: October 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athlone, Cape Town

 12 Leon Botha

Leon Botha
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Famous As: Painter, Singer, Disc jockey
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cape Town
Died: June 5, 2011

 13 Lebo Mathosa

Lebo Mathosa
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Daveyton, Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: October 23, 2006

Lebo Mathosa was a South African singer best remembered for her association with the popular band Boom Shaka. Mathosa is credited with popularizing kwaito music among South African women. Her style, sexuality, and outrageous stage outfits inspired many youngsters and nonconformists. Her life and career inspired the 2019 biopic, Dream: The Lebo Mathosa Story. 

 14 Steve Hofmeyr

Steve Hofmeyr
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pretoria

 15 Caron Bernstein

Caron Bernstein
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Famous As: Actor, Musician, Film actor, Singer, Model, Beauty pageant contestant, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johannesburg

 16 Robert Calvert

Robert Calvert
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Famous As: Poet, Singer, Writer
Birthdate: March 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pretoria
Died: August 14, 1988

 17 Dorothy Masuka

Dorothy Masuka
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Died: February 23, 2019

 18 Max Theiler

Max Theiler
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Famous As: Virologist
Birthdate: January 30, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
Died: August 11, 1972

Max Theiler was a South African-American virologist and physician. After getting his medical degree in South Africa, he went on to earn a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene in London. During his career, he developed a vaccine against yellow fever, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1951. 

 19 Nikki Williams

Nikki Williams
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Famous As: Singer and Songwriter
Birthdate: November 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

 20 Johan Botha

Johan Botha
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Famous As: Tenor
Birthdate: August 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rustenburg, South Africa
Died: September 8, 2016

 21 Simon Nkabinde

Simon Nkabinde
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Famous As: South African singer
Birthdate: 1938 AD
Birthplace: Newcastle, South Africa
Died: July 27, 1999

 22 Elizabeth Connell

Elizabeth Connell
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Famous As: Operatic soprano
Birthdate: October 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Died: February 18, 2012

 23 Stefan Benz

Stefan Benz
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Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: September 26, 2006
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: South Africa