By 15 March 2019 | Categories: news


The Spotify music streaming service is widely popular overseas and has landed locally now more than a year ago. In celebration of its first anniversary in SA, Spotify has announced which artists did the best over the past 12 months.

Coming out tops as the most-streamed local artist by South African music fans since Spotify’s launch is Nasty C. Black Coffee was the second most-streamed local act, followed by AKA at number three.

Black Coffee’s Drive (with David Guetta, featuring Delilah Montagu) - which has already amassed over 25 million worldwide streams on Spotify for the radio edit version - was the most streamed local track by South Africans since launch, followed by Collide from Lady Zamar with Fela In Versace from AKA in third spot.

Spotify also revealed that, based on the number of streams in major cities since launch, Johannesburg was the most musical city in South Africa. Spotify also found that Friday 22nd February 2019 was the most musical day of the last 12 months, when Spotify saw the most streams by South African music fans.

Pop continues to claim prominence as the top streamed genre on local listeners’ playlists. However, local hip hop has also had a huge year on Spotify, with the likes of Nasty C and AKA making it onto Spotify’s top lists and playlists throughout the year. This could be attributed to fans wanting to get their hands on the much-anticipated albums Strings and Bling and Touch My Blood, respectively from each artist.

At its launch, South Africa joined 64 other countries already enjoying the Spotify experience, which over the last year has grown to 79 countries, including the Middle East and North Africa and India, offering a global community of over 200 million music fans, access to more than 40 million tracks and an extensive range of three billion+ local and international playlists.

The top 10 local artists most streamed by South African audiences since launch in March 2018

  1. Nasty C
  2. Black Coffee
  3. AKA
  4. Snotkop
  5. GoldFish
  6. Mlindo The Vocalist
  7. Jeremy Loops
  8. Fokofpolisiekar
  9. Sjava
  10. Prince Kaybee

The top 10 local tracks most streamed by South African audiences since launch in March 2018

  1. Drive – Black Coffee ft. David Guetta, Delilah Montagu
  2. Collide - Lady Zamar
  3. Fela In Versace - AKA
  4. Banomoya - Busiswa, Prince Kaybee, TNS
  5. AmaBlesser (feat. DJ Maphorisa) - DJ Maphorisa, Mlindo The Vocalist
  6. Particula (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna) - Patoranking, Nasty C, Major Lazer, Ice Prince, DJ Maphorisa, Jidenna
  7. Hold Your Kite (feat. Sorana) - GoldFish, Sorana
  8. Bamthathile - Sun-El Musician, Mlindo The Vocalist
  9. King - Nasty C, A$AP Ferg
  10. iWalk Ye Phara - Moonchild Sanelly, K.O, Zulu Mkhathini, DJ Raybel, DJ Maphorisa

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