Kabza De Small's album is the most streamed South African album on Spotify.

Kabza De Small is The Most Streamed South African Artist on Spotify in 2020

Kabza De Small is the most streamed South African artist on Spotify for two consecutive years while his album 'I Am The King Of AmaPiano: Sweet & Dust' is the most streamed South African album on Spotify in 2020.

When Kabza De Small named his 2020 debut album I Am The King Of AmaPiano: Sweet & Dust, he was just stating facts. The album is the most streamed South African an album across all genres on Spotify by South African audiences.

Kabza De Small also tops the list of the most streamed South African artists on Spotify in 2020, a feat the amapiano producer and deejay also achieved in 2019. He is followed by DJ Maphorisa and Nasty C who occupy the second and third spots respectively. All three artists occupied the same positions last year.

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This year, three of Kabza De Small's albums are in the top three of the most streamed albums on the platform by South African audiences. Kabza is his biggest competition as Scorpion Kings Live and The Return Of The Scorpion Kings by Scorpion Kings (the super duo consisting of Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa) take the second and third sport respectively on the list.

Kabza De Small's I Am The King Of AmaPiano: Sweet & Dust is an undeniable amapiano classic, one in which the producer showcases his versatility as a producer. It features the likes of Burna Boy, Samthing Soweto, Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest, Focalistic among others.

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Kabza De Small is a silent killer—he hardly ever does interviews or say much on social media. He's a prolific insomniac who lets his music do the talking.

The producer and deejay is one of the pioneers of amapiano, one of the most popular music genres in South Africa at the moment. Kabza De Small has been flooding the streets with successive releases, releasing multiple projects, singles and mixes in one year even before he became a household name.

Kabza De Small told his story on SHAYA!, a documentary chronicling the rise of amapiano, released in 2019 by Papercutt in partnership with Corona.

Watch the documentary here and stream Kabza De Small's music on Spotify and Apple Music.

View the full list of the most streamed South African artists, songs and albums on Spotify in 2020 here.

Most streamed South African artists in South Africa

1. Kabza De Small

2. DJ Maphorisa

3. Nasty C

4. Spoegwolf

5. Joyous Celebration

6. Elaine

7. Cassper Nyovest

8. Snotkop

9. Bok Van Blerk

10. Appel

Most streamed South African albums in South Africa

1. I Am The King Of AmaPiano: Sweet & Dust by Kabza De Small

2. Scorpion Kings Live by Kabza De Small

3. The Return Of The Scorpion Kings by Kabza De Small

4. Zulu Man With Some Power by Nasty C

5. Isphithiphithi, Samthing Soweto

6. A.M.N (Any Minute Now) by Cassper Nyovest

7. Umuthi, Blaq Diamond

8. Xola Moya Wam' BY Nomcebo Zikode

9. Scorpion Kings BY DJ Maphorisa

10. Emakhaya by Mlindo The Vocalist


Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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