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Spotify Finally Arrives In South Africa

One of the biggest music streaming companies in the world finally comes to South Africa.

After eleven years in the business, Spotify has finally made the brilliant decision to bring its renowned service to Africa for the first time, starting in South Africa.

South Africans will now join the roughly recorded 159 million individuals already subscribed to Spotify in over 60 other countries.


South Africa is booming with diversity and talented artists from all corners, and is known as "one of the most important music markets," recognized by Spotify's Managing Director in Middle East and Africa, Claudius Boller, as reported by africanews. Now these music lovers, and makers, will have the opportunity to use Spotify as a platform to share their music, and expand their musical careers.

South African artists will be able to license their music with Spotify to not only gain new followers, but also a few coins from royalties on the side. Users will have the option to create a free subscription, or enjoy an ad-less experience for a premium subscription of R59.99.

Here are a few of OkayAfrica's top SA-centric playlists you can vibe to. Check out our South African Hip-Hop, South African House, and Nasty C-curated playlists below.

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'Sailing Back to Africa as a Dutch Woman,' 2017, from Fortia. By Keyezua, photo courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

Our 9 Favorite African Visual Artists of 2018

We look back at the contemporary African visual artists who caught our eye this year.

This year, African visual artists have done their due diligence to carve their own path leading to creative autonomy, authentic storytelling and straight up greatness.

From photography and film, to even mixed-media art, the following have produced stand-out work that deserve their due accolades.

Feast your eyes on our nine favorite African visual artists of 2018 below.

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Here's Every African Designer Beyoncé Wore During Her Trip to South Africa

"Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," the singer wrote on Instagram.

Beyoncé opted for bold colors and rich patterns during her trip to South Africa earlier this month for Global Citizen Festival, making a vibrant fashion statement with every outfit she was spotted in.

During her performance, the singer sported an ancient Egyptian-inspired beaded body suit, a bodice designed similarly to traditional Zulu jewelry and an emerald green ensemble made in collaboration with South African designers Enhle Mbali Maphumulo of Manual Rossa Apparel and Quiteria & George—but she rocked African-made looks off the stage as well.

In an Instagram post today, Queen Bey shared a slideshow of some of the striking outfits she rocked while in South Africa, and gave a shoutout to the designers behind them. "Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," wrote Queen Bey.

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These Nigerian Songs Broke YouTube and Google Records in 2018

Davido's "Fall" has set another YouTube record, while Wizkid's "Fever" was the most googled Nigerian song.

Nigerian music had a big year, and the numbers prove it.

After becoming the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube earlier this month, the video for Davido's hit song "Fall" has set a new record, becoming the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube.

The music video, which was uploaded in 2017, edged out Yemi Alade's memorable 2014 video for "Johnny," which currently sits at 98 million views to claim the title.

READ: Best Nigerian Songs of 2018

Last time we checked in, "Fall," directed by Daps, was sitting at just over 98 million views as well, which means it gained 2 million new views in just 2 weeks, as Konbini points out.

Davido - Fall (Official Music Video) youtu.be

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