Here are 5 South African producer-run YouTube channels you should check out.
Before we begin, please note that we won’t be covering producers whose channels solely cover their careers as solo recording artists. This list is for producers who create content outside of their own solo careers – i.e. web series, beat-making videos, etc.
[list not in any particular order]
Tembisa native Street Carnivore’s YouTube channel is the perfect channel for upcoming producers looking to learn a thing or two about music production and the music business in general – as a producer who has worked with acts such as Stogie T, B3nchmarq , Maraza , Red Button , DJ Dimplez and more it’s definitely worth checking out . He also has a hilarious fictional web series called “Nyamaholic: Sterring sa se Tembisa” which follows the character Nyamaholic (played by Street Carnivore himself) throughout Tembisa as he abuses his newly discovered super powers. Every video on the channel is directed and edited by Street Carnivore himself.
Soweto-born beatmaker/producer, SPeeKa has been steadily building his profile since the days of popular YFM Hip-Hop Radio show “The Full Clip” (2010 – 2014) where his beats were used by guest rappers such as Kwesta, Siya Shezi, Reason, Rapsody and more. His “Speeka Thapelo” YouTube channel serves as the go-to platform for the South African rap sub-genre Kasi Rap, where a host of bubbling talent showcase their skills on the web series “Sotra Cyphers” which he’s been running since 2016. He also directs and edits music videos and has an EP/Mixtape series called “SPeeKa presents” which features projects with artists on the come-up.
Co Kayn is no stranger to the South African Hip-Hop scene. With a South African Hip-Hop Award nomination under his belt, his production credits include local and international acts such as Fetty Wap, Lola Monroe, Solomon Childs, Stogie T, Da LES, Riky Rick, Emtee, B3nchmarq, Yanga, Stillo Magolide, Kid X and more. Co Kayn also co-produced the smash hit singles “By Any Means” by Stogie T (along with Street Carnivore) and Riky Rick’s “Sidlukotini” (along with Tweezy). His YouTube channel contains links to his very own drumkit and beats where he flexes his versatility. Definitely worth checking out!
SilasBeats is basically the older brother every aspiring producer wish they had. His knowledge and experience in the music business is definitely worth writing home about. The producer, audio engineer and writer never misses an opportunity to share knowledge whenever he can on his many social media platforms and his YouTube channel is no different. He shares some tips that range from the importance of investing in yourself, to how producers can adapt to the music industry’s constantly evolving sound. His channel also has various examples of beats he made where he shows off his versatility. SilasBeats‘ production credits include Toya Delazy, Blaklez, PdotO, Reason and more – he even gives a glimpse of a recording session he had with PdotO.
Cape Town-based producer Setro Beats is extremely passionate about the art of creating music. His YouTube channel consists of beat-making tutorials, instrumentals and a podcast series titled “The Setro Beats Podcast” where he dissects a few beat-making and music production related topics. Definitely worth checking out!