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Kwesta’s 'DaKAR II' Album Has Gone 7x Platinum

According to the rapper, his is now the best selling South African hip-hop album of all time.

Over the weekend, South African rapper Kwesta tweeted that his third studio album DaKAR II has gone seven times platinum. Congrats are in order for Da King of African Rap, it's been a long time coming.


Platinum in South Africa is 30 000 units sold. So, seven times platinum means DaKAR II sold 210 000 copies. DaKAR II is a double album, but according to The Recording Music Industry of South Africa (RISA), a double album counts as one unit, unlike it is in the US.

It must also be noted that according to the RISA rules, 10 songs downloaded digitally are similar to one album sold.

Confirming sales numbers in South Africa is tricky. Usually these announcements come from artists themselves, which can be hard to verify. In December 2017, Cassper Nyovest claimed he had sold 10 million records in his career.

This was met with a lot of skepticism. DJ Maphorisa was vocal about his incredulity, on Twitter. It became even more confusing when RISA, the most trusted body when it comes to verifying sales numbers, could neither confirm nor dispel the claim.

"A record sale can equal to one song, Cassper could have meant that his record has received 10 million streams/ downloads, in which Maphorisa is misunderstanding. We are all making a big issue out of nothing," RISA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi was quoted as saying by the SABC TV show, Trending SA.

RISA is moving slowly and not keeping up with the times. The body currently doesn't have a system to convert streams into sales the way RIAA has in the States.

So, be happy for Kwesta, but keep the above in mind.

DaKAR II is a seriously great body of work—it's a great argument for the claims of being the king of African rap. At 22 tracks, it eludes monotony, which is rare for hip-hop albums. The album featured prominent names in the SA music scene including AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Kid X, Busiswa, TellaMan, Psyfo, Ameen, DJ Maphorisa, OkMalumKoolKat, among others. It led with massive singles like the groundbreaking shebeen anthem "Ngud'," "Nomayini," "Day Ones," "Ngiyazifela Ngawe," "Mayibabo" and "Mmino."

It also featured potent deep cuts like "Preacher," and "Karma."

Kwesta's been silently garnering notable accolades. For instance, "Ngud'" went quintuple platinum last year, while "Nomayini" is a gold-selling single.



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Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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