Who Owns The Charts?

Music streaming has hands down revolutionized the global music industry. These music sharing sites have made it easier to legally consume your fave's music. Thee popularity is proven with there now being an entire generation of young adults who barely recall buying physical albums! This teamed up with the growing reach of access to consistent internet means this innovation is here to stay. 

Although data affordability and connectivity is still a huge issue in South Africa, the internet presents artists' with the opportunity to reach entirely new audiences both inside and beyond our borders. With more reputable streaming sites setting up shop in the country, it is also a way for acts to make money off of their music. 

One of the biggest music sharing sites in the world, Apple Music has been offering this opportunity to local acts and music lovers for only 4 years now but you can already see their impact. 

Africa is home to a great tapestry of cultures and musical genres and Apple Music has shown unwavering support to many musicians from the continent, offering the perfect platform for artistic exposure and development. It is also committed to showcasing the immense talent coming from Africa both on the continent and across the world.

To celebrate their 4th birthday in SA, Apple Music is proud to announce the top artists, albums, songs and playlists from South and Sub-Saharan Africa. 
 
Artists like Black Coffee, Nasty C, Burna Boy, AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Sjava, Sun-El Musician dominate locally whilst Ed Sheeran, Drake and Khalid are the top international artists on the continent. 

The top playlists range from Mzansi House, Afrobeats Hits, Mzansi Hip-Hop, Afrikaanse Treffers, Gqom Nation to danceXL, Chill House, The A-List: Hip-Hop and many more.
 
Below are Apple Music’s top artists, albums, songs and playlists from the last four years! Did your fave make the cut? 
 
South Africa

Top South African Artists on Apple Music from the last 4 years
  1. Nasty C
  2. Joyous Celebration 
  3. AKA
  4. Sjava
  5. Cassper Nyovest
  6. Mlindo The Vocalist
  7. Black Coffee
  8. Goldfish
  9. Snotkop
  10. Sun El Musician 

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Top Local Songs in South Africa from the last 4 years:
  1. Black Coffee & David Guetta feat. Delilah Montagu - Drive
  2. Goldfish feat. Diamond Thug - Deep of the Night
  3. Lady Zamar - Collide
  4. Prince Kaybee feat. Busisiwa & TNS - Banomoya
  5. Kwesta feat. Wale - Spirit
  6. Sun El Musician feat. Samthing Soweto - Akanamali
  7. AKA feat. Kiddominant - Fela In Versace
  8. TiMO ODV - Dancing Again
  9. DJ Sumbody Feat. Cassper Nyovest, Thebe & Veties - Monate Mpolaye 
  10. Shekhinah - Suited


Top Local Albums in South Africa from the last 4 years:
  1. Nasty C - Strings And Bling
  2. Mlindo The Vocalist - Emakhaya
  3. AKA - Touch My Blood
  4. Sjava - Umqhele
  5. Shekhinah - Rose Gold 
  6. Sun-El Musician - Africa to the World
  7. Cassper Nyovest - Thuto
  8. Simmy - Tugela Fairy
  9. Amanda Black - Amazulu
  10. Joyous Celebration - Joyous Celebration 22: All for You (Live)

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Sub-Saharan Africa

Top African Artists in Sub-Saharan Africa from the last 4 years:
  1. Burna Boy
  2. Nasty C
  3. Joyous Celebration 
  4. AKA
  5. Davido
  6. Sjava
  7. Cassper Nyovest
  8. Wizkid
  9. Mlindo The Vocalist
  10. Black Coffee


Top African Songs in Sub-Saharan Africa from the last 4 years:
  1. Black Coffee & David Guetta feat. Delilah Montagu - Drive
  2. AKA feat. Kiddominant - Fela In Versace
  3. Prince Kaybee feat. Busisiwa & TNS - Banomoya
  4. Goldfish feat. Diamond Thug - Deep of the Night
  5. Lady Zamar - Collide
  6. Sun-El Musician feat. Samthing Soweto - Akanamali
  7. Burna Boy - On The Low
  8. Burna Boy - Ye
  9. Kwesta feat. Wale - Spirit
  10. TiMO ODV - Dancing Again

Top African Albums in Sub-Saharan Africa from the last 4 years:
  1. Nasty C - Strings And Bling
  2. Mlindo The Vocalist - Emakhaya
  3. AKA - Touch My Blood
  4. Shekhinah - Rose Gold
  5. Sjava - Umqhele 
  6. Burna Boy - Outside
  7. Sun-El Musician - Africa to the World
  8. Cassper Nyovest - Thuto
  9. Simmy - Tugela Fairy
  10. Black Coffee - Music is King EP


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With Africa's digital footprint growing at an exponential rate each year, we will soon be seeing more African acts topping global streaming charts like that of Apple Music! Now, all we need is for data prices to fall so we can stream as much as we want!



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main image credit: Shen Scott, ZAlebs




Written by:
Red Mosiane