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Ami Faku is the Most Streamed South African Woman Artist on Deezer

Ami Faku announced as the most streamed South African woman artist on Deezer.

There's no stopping Ami Faku's domination. The up-and-coming singer, songwriter and performer from the Eastern Cape has been on a constant rise in the last two years. Ever since signing to the indie label Vth Season and releasing her debut album Imali in 2019, the artist has been announcing one milestone after another from being one of the most played on South African radio to soaring streams and views.


The artist recently got announced by French streaming platform Deezer as the most streamed South African woman artist on the platform. The news comes just before Sincerely Yours, A Live Project Showcase, Ami Faku's live show taking place at the Untitled Basement in Braamfontein, Joburg on the 12th of March.

Ami Faku released one of the best albums of 2019 with Imali and appeared on the hit single "Into Ingawe" by Sun El Musician. This year, the singer worked with South African house music royalty Black Motion, Prince Kaybee and Shimza on the song "Uwrongo," which is already a massive hit.

Sincerely Yours, A Live Project Showcase is already a sold-out event, but you can still stream Imali below:



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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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