Kabza De Small, Elaine and Nasty C Among the Most Streamed South African Artists on Spotify in 2020

Here's a list of the most streamed South African artists, albums and songs on Spotify in 2020.

As the year draws to an end, Spotify South Africa has shared their annual lists of the most streamed artists, songs and albums in the country.

Amapiano frontrunner Kabza De Small is the most streamed South African artist across all genres, followed by the likes of DJ Maphorisa and Nasty C. R&B sensation Elaine also makes the list, while her record-breaking mega-hit single "You're The One" is the most streamed South African song on the platform.

Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode's international hit "Jerusalema" cracked the top five of the most streamed South African songs of 2020 on Spotify, a list which is dominated by house music, especially amapiano.

Nasty C tops the list of the most streamed South African hip-hop artists and occupies the third spot on the most streamed South African hip-hop artists overall while his album Zulu Man With Some Power is also among the most streamed albums.

Just like in 2018 and 2019, the overall most streamed artists, songs and albums are still all western. The most streamed artist on Spotify South Africa are the likes of Drake, The Weeknd, Billie Elish, Taylor Swift and Pop Smoke.

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

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 tracks in South Africa

1. "You're the One" by Elaine

2. "eMcimbini (Live)" by Aymos, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Mas Musiq, Myztro, Samthing Soweto

3. "Tender Love (feat. DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small)" by Sha Sha, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small

4. "Jerusalema (feat.Nomcebo Zikode)" by Master KG, Nomcebo Zikode

5. "Risky" by Elaine

6. "Xola Moya Wam' (feat. Master KG)" by Master KG, Nomcebo Zikode

7. "Lorch" by by DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Kammu Dee, Miano, Semi Tee

8. "Into Ngawe" by Ami Faku, Sun-El Musician

9. "Love You Tonight (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Sha Sha & Kabza De Small)" by DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Mfr Souls, Sha Sha

10. "Sandton" by Bontle Smith, DJ Maphorisa, Focalistic, Kabza De Small, Kamo Mpela

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

Most streamed South African female artists in South Africa

1. Elaine

2. Ami Faku

3. Demi Lee Moore

4. Sha Sha

5. Juanita Du Plessis

6. Nomcebo Zikode

7. Karen Zoid

8. Zonke

9. Makhadzi

10. Lebo Sekgobela

The most streamed South African hip-hop artists in 2020

1. Nasty C

2. Cassper Nyovest

3. A-Reece

4. AKA

5. Focalistic

6. Kwesta

7. Youngsta CPT

8. Emtee

9. Shane Eagle

10. Early B

Most streamed artists in South Africa

1. Drake

2. Juice WRLD

3. Kabza De Small

4. Khalid

5. The Weeknd

6. Travis Scott

7. Pop Smoke

8. Post Malone

9. Billie Eilish

10. Eminem

Most streamed female artists in South Africa

1. Billie Eilish

2. Taylor Swift

3. Beyoncé

4. Ariana Grande

5. Halsey

6. Rihanna

7. Dua Lipa

8. Nicki Minaj

9. Jhené Aiko

10. Selena Gomez

Most streamed tracks in South Africa

1. "Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd

2. "The Box" by Roddy Ricch

3. "Roses – Imanbek Remix" by Imanbek, SAINt JHN

4. "Dance Monkey" by Tones and I

5. "ROCKSTAR (feat. Roddy Ricch)" by DaBaby, Roddy Ricch

6. "Life Is Good (feat. Drake)" by Drake, Future

7. "Circles" by Post Malone

8. "Don't Start Now" by Dua Lipa

9. "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi

10. "Toosie Slide" by Drake

Most streamed albums in South Africa

1. Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon by Pop Smoke

2. Legends Never Die by Juice WRLD

3. After Hours by The Weeknd

4. Hollywood's Bleeding by Post Malone

5. Please Excuse Me For Being Anti Social by Roddy Ricch

6. Dark Lane Demo Tapes by Drake

7. Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent by Lewis Capaldi

8. Fine Line by Harry Styles


10. No. 6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran

Photo by KOLA SULAIMON/AFP via Getty Image

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This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.

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