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Nasty C, Black Coffee, Drake Lead As Africa’s Most Streamed Artists

Apple unveils the most streamed artists, songs and albums in Sub-saharan Africa

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Apple Music has dished out a few lists ranking top artists, songs and playlists from South and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well the best performing international artists on its service.

The lists rank the most streamed songs and artists within the past four years.

A slew of South Africa’s hottest acts, such as Black Coffee, Nasty C, Burna Boy, AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Sjava, Sun-El Musician continue sustaining their dominance on the streaming platform. Internationally, Music lovers in Southern African really enjoy themselves some Ed Sheeran, Drake and Khalid.

There’s also further evidence that House music remains the most loved genre here; 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.

SOUTH AFRICA

Top South African Artists on Apple Music from the last 4 years

Nasty C
Joyous Celebration
AKA
Sjava
Cassper Nyovest
Mlindo The Vocalist
Black Coffee
Goldfish
Snotkop
Sun El Musician

Top Artists in South Africa (Local and International) from the last 4 years:

Drake
Ed Sheeran
Post Malone
Eminem
Khalid
Hillsong Worship
J. Cole
Kanye West
Beyonce
Ariana Grande

Top Local Songs in South Africa from the last 4 years:

Black Coffee & David Guetta feat. Delilah Montagu – Drive
Goldfish feat. Diamond Thug – Deep of the Night
Lady Zamar – Collide
Prince Kaybee feat. Busisiwa & TNS – Banomoya
Kwesta feat. Wale – Spirit
Sun El Musician feat. Samthing Soweto – Akanamali
AKA feat. Kiddominant – Fela In Versace
TiMO ODV – Dancing Again
DJ Sumbody Feat. Cassper Nyovest, Thebe & Veties – Monate Mpolaye
Shekhinah – Suited

Top Local Albums in South Africa from the last 4 years:

Nasty C – Strings And Bling
Mlindo The Vocalist – Emakhaya
AKA – Touch My Blood
Sjava – Umqhele
Shekhinah – Rose Gold
Sun-El Musician – Africa to the World
Cassper Nyovest – Thuto
Simmy – Tugela Fairy
Amanda Black – Amazulu
Joyous Celebration – Joyous Celebration 22: All for You (Live)

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Top African Artists in Sub-Saharan Africa from the last 4 years:

Burna Boy
Nasty C
Joyous Celebration
AKA
Davido
Sjava
Cassper Nyovest
Wizkid
Mlindo The Vocalist
Black Coffee

Top Artists in Sub-Saharan Africa (Local and International) from the last 4 years:

Drake
Ed Sheeran
Post Malone
Khalid
J. Cole
Hillsong Worship
Eminem
Kanye West
Chris Brown
Travis Scott

Top African Songs in Sub-Saharan Africa from the last 4 years:

Black Coffee & David Guetta feat. Delilah Montagu – Drive
AKA feat. Kiddominant – Fela In Versace
Prince Kaybee feat. Busisiwa & TNS – Banomoya
Goldfish feat. Diamond Thug – Deep of the Night
Lady Zamar – Collide
Sun-El Musician feat. Samthing Soweto – Akanamali
Burna Boy – On The Low
Burna Boy – Ye
Kwesta feat. Wale – Spirit
TiMO ODV – Dancing Again

Top African Albums in Sub-Saharan Africa from the last 4 years:

Nasty C – Strings And Bling
Mlindo The Vocalist – Emakhaya
AKA – Touch My Blood
Shekhinah – Rose Gold
Sjava – Umqhele
Burna Boy – Outside
Sun-El Musician – Africa to the World
Cassper Nyovest – Thuto
Simmy – Tugela Fairy
Black Coffee – Music is King EP

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!

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Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.

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They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.

 

It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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