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Kabza De Small is 2019’s Most Streamed South African Artist on Spotify by SA Audiences

Amapiano frontrunner Kabza De Small tops the list of the most streamed South African artists on Spotify in SA.

2019 definitely is the year of the yanos (amapiano). After years of bubbling under, the subgenre of South African house music has officially arrived in the country's mainstream music scene. Kabza De Small, one of the genre's frontrunners, was a favorite to South African audiences on Spotify in 2019.


Last year, the same position was occupied by the rapper Nasty C.

Read: This Documentary Takes You Inside Amapiano, South Africa's Popular House Music Subgenre

Amapiano has come a long way from being a genre deeply rooted in piracy, as early amapiano songs used to get distributed on free file-hosting platforms like DataFileHost and Fakaza and even WhatsApp.

As a result, not a lot of Kabza's music is on Spotify. His 14-track project Pretty Girls Love Amapiano is the only one of his solo releases that can be streamed on Spotify. It's in the company of Scorpion Kings, Piano Hub and The Return of the Scorpion Kings, all of which are joint EPs he released with DJ Maphorisa this year.

Spotify recently released statistics of the most streamed artists, albums and songs for 2019. As revealed in the statistics, South Africans are still streaming more western music than local artists. Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower" was the most streamed songs on Spotify by South African audiences. Post Malone's album Hollywood Bleeding was the most streamed album on the platform by South Africans. Khalid was the most streamed artists by South Africans in 2019.

Below are the full lists of the most streamed artists, songs and albums by South African audiences.

​Most streamed South African artists in South Africa

1. Kabza Da Small

2. DJ Maphorisa

3. Nasty C

4. Prince Kaybee

5. Spoegwolf

6. Black Coffee

7. Joyous Celebration

8. Sjava

9. Snotkop

10. AKA

Most Streamed South African female artists in South Africa


1. Shekhinah

2. Lady Zamar

3. Karen Zoid

4. Simmy

5. Juanita Du Plessis

6. Ami Faku

7. Lebo Sekgobela

8. Zonke

9. Sho Madjozi

10. Karlien Van Jaarsveld

Most streamed South African male artists in South Africa

1. Kabza Da Small

2. DJ Maphorisa

3. Nasty C

4. Prince Kaybee

5. Spoegwolf

6. Black Coffee

7. Sjava

8. Snotkop

9. Mlindo The Vocalist

10. AKA

Most streamed artists in South Africa

1. Khalid

2. Post Malone

3. Drake

4. Ed Sheeran

5. Billie Eilish

6. Ariana Grande

7. Chris Brown

8. The Chainsmokers

9. Beyoncé

10. J. Cole

Most streamed female artists in South Africa

1. Billie Eilish

2. Ariana Grande

3. Beyoncé

4. Taylor Swift

5. Halsey

6. Camila Cabello

7. Rihanna

8. Nicki Minaj

9. Cardi B

10. Bebe Rexha










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The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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