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The explosion of various social media challenges and trends centred around a specific piece of music or simply a verse, specifically on short form videos, has not only driven discovery of new music and artists but has also helped catapult several African artists into the spotlight.

To celebrate the songs that have captured global attention,  Spotify unveiled its Internet Famous playlist – a compilation of the top songs driving the latest #challenges.


No internet famous collection for 2021 would be complete without the addition of love nwantiti by Nigerian Afrobeats and R&B singer CKay.  The song that has had the world making up their own lyrics while sound-tracking multitudes of videos across the world raked up over 152 179 500 streams globally on Spotify in 2021.


South Africa’s now famous gospel-influenced house song export from Master KG – ‘Jerusalema became a viral sensation in early 2020. The track gave rise to the #JerusalemaChallenge, which saw global personalities such as Christina Ronaldo, Janet Jackson, Leslie Jordan and more participating.  The perfect blend of African sounds was solidified when Master KG collaborated with AfroBeats star Burna Boy on the ‘Jerusalema’ remix.  This collaboration saw millions of fans singing along to lyrics in local isiZulu and Nigeria’s Yoruba languages.


The Jerusalema (feat. Burna Boy & Nomcebo Zikode) [Remix] and ‘love nwantiti’ are only two of the tracks featured on Spotify’s Internet Famous playlist,  which also includes several local hits that have been the creative driving force for music lovers and content creators alike.


Enjoy ‘66’ by Felo Le Tee, Myztro, ‘SQUIDE GAME – AMAPIANO’ by Kvng Vinci, Young Stunna and ‘Adiwele’ featuring Kabza De Small and fellow Scorpion King DJ Maphorisa and more


The dance challenge inspired by emerging DJ Lungile ‘Uncle Waffles’ Zwane also appears on the playlist.  And it wouldn’t be internet famous without the latest song to take South Africa by storm, ‘Nkao Tempela’ by Ch’occo, Mellow & Sleazy.


Stay in the know with the continuously emerging viral songs blowing up on social media by simply liking the Internet Famous playlist to save it to your library and discover why these tracks are being played on repeat worldwide!


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If 2020 was the year that flipped the world on its head, 2021 was the year that we got used to seeing things upside down. With “normal” thrown out the window, the world embraced the unknown and championed all the things that make everyone unique. Spotify’s 2021 Wrapped is a celebration of this, the millions of weird and wonderful ways to listen and live in a world that continues to keep everyone on their toes.

Today, Spotify is unveiling its annual 2021 Wrapped results and personalised user experience inspired by just that.


At the same time, Spotify is revealing the top artists, albums, and songs from the creators that helped soundtrack the year for more than 381 million users worldwide.


So, how did South Africans listen this year?  (A breakdown of most streamed lists included below).


  • International rappers led the list of the most streamed artists in South Africa. Certified Lover Boy, Drake remained a firm favourite locally as he took the top spot on the list. Drake’s popularity extends further into Africa as he also claimed the top spot in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Juice WRLD followed in second place with Justin Bieber, Kanye West and The Weeknd making up the top five.


  • A feat for the local music industry is the entry of DJ Maphorisa at number eight on the most streamed artists list for South Africa, the only local amongst the international acts.

  • AmaPiano creators dominated as the most streamed local artists in South Africa, claiming the first five spots on the list. Unsurprisingly, DJ Maphorisa led the pack followed by fellow Scorpion King Kabza De Small, with newcomers to the list Busta 929, De Mthuda and Mr JazziQ rounding off the top list.


  • Makhadzi has had a phenomenal year and it’s no wonder she is included in South Africa’s most streamed local artist list as well as being the most streamed female South African artist in 2021. Her star continues to rise as she received over 9 641 683 streams globally on Spotify in 2021.


  • When it comes to the most streamed songs in South Africa over the past year – ‘’STAY (with Justin Bieber)’’ by The Kid LAROI is at number one followed by Tiësto’s ‘’The Business’’ and ’’Bad Habits’’ by Ed Sheeran. Sicela nithi hooray for ‘’Umsebenzi Wethu’’ by Busta 929 as it claimed its spot on the top five list at number four followed by Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘drivers license’’.


  • AmaPiano continues its domination of streaming lists – AmaPiano Grooves was the most streamed playlist in South Africa. The genre also owned the most streamed local songs  The top five most streamed songs were ‘’Umsebenzi Wethu’’ by Busta 929 (#1), ‘’John Wick’’ by De Mthuda (#2), ‘’Izolo’’ by DJ Maphorisa (#3), ‘’Abalele’’ by Kabza De Small (#4) and ‘’Banyana’’ by DJ Maphorisa (#5).


  • Drake claimed another top spot with Certified Lover Boy as the most streamed album in South Africa in 2021. This comes as no surprise given the social media popularity and meme virality it garnered in the country since its September release. SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo followed in second, with Ed Sheeren’s ‘’=’’ , Justice by Justin Bieber and the late Pop Smoke’s Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon making up the top five.


  • Afrikaans vocalist Riaan Benadé’s Spontaan led the most streamed South African albums list with Blxckie – the new kid on the hip hop block – in second place with his debut album B4Now. Blxckie has also garnered popularity outside of local borders amassing 6 980 769 streams globally on Spotify in 2021. Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory: the mixtape by A-Reece (#3), Undisputed Vol 2 by Busta 929 (#4) and Kokovha by Makhadzi (#5) completed the list.


For even more on how the world listened in 2021, check out Spotify’s For the Record blog



Spotify Unveils Its Latest Wrapped User Experience


Starting today, eligible users can also access their personalised Wrapped experience exclusively in the Spotify mobile app (iOS and Android).


This year’s Wrapped experience is full of familiar favourites, mixed with surprising new ones that connect fans with each other and creators.


One of the best parts of Wrapped is sharing personalised Wrapped cards on social channels like Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. This year Spotify is excited to announce that users can also now share their Wrapped cards directly to TikTok.


This year’s Wrapped experience includes new data stories to express your year in audio. 

In addition to your top artists, genres, songs, podcasts and minutes listened, the personalised Wrapped experience includes several all-new features, including:


  • 2021: The Movie – your top songs paired with classic scenes from a movie that’s all about you!
  • Your Audio Aura – your audio aura based on your top two music moods – Spotify partnered with an aura expert to bring this feature to you.
  • Playing Cards – an interactive data-based game where Spotify will display several statements about your listening this year, and you’ll have to guess which are true. Once you’ve played you can then share with your friends.
  • 2021 Wrapped: Blend – tapping into the new Blend feature, launched earlier in the year, that gives Spotify fans the ability to see how their 2021 music taste matches up with friends. They can then stream their blended playlist and share their results on social media platforms.


Exclusive experiences for top fans – Plus, we’re adding a special surprise: Videos from more than 170 artists and creators thanking fans for having them in their Wrapped. These thank you videos will appear if fans have a song by one of the participating artists in their “Your Top Songs 2021” or “Your Artists Revealed” playlists.


Spotify has also rolled out its Wrapped creator experience for artists. With access to their own individualised Wrapped microsite experience, creators can dive into all the ways in which their fans listened this year. Check out Spotify for Artists  to learn more.


Follow Spotify’s For the Record blog for all the details on Wrapped 2021.



Spotify Wrapped 2021 Top Streamed Lists in South Africa


Top 10 Most Streamed Artists

  1. Drake
  2. Juice WRLD
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. Kanye West
  5. The Weeknd
  6. J. Cole
  7. Ed Sheeran
  8. DJ Maphorisa
  9. Taylor Swift
  10. Doja Cat


Top 10 Most Streamed South African Artists

  1. DJ Maphorisa
  2. Kabza De Small
  3. Busta 929
  4. De Mthuda
  5. Mr JazziQ
  6. Joyous Celebration
  7. Nasty C
  8. Makhadzi
  9. Appel
  10. A-Reece


Top 10 Most Streamed Tracks 

  1. STAY (with Justin Bieber) – The Kid LAROI
  2. The Business – Tiësto
  3. Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran
  4. Umsebenzi Wethu – Busta 929
  5. drivers license – Olivia Rodrigo
  6. Heat Waves – Glass Animals
  7. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  8. John Wick – De Mthuda
  9. Peaches (feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon) – Justin Bieber
  10. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X


Top 10 Most Streamed South African Tracks

  1. Umsebenzi Wethu – Busta 929
  2. John Wick – De Mthuda
  3. Izolo – DJ Maphorisa
  4. Abalele – Kabza De Small
  5. Banyana – DJ Maphorisa
  6. LiYoshona Main Mix – Kwiish SA
  7. Vula Mlomo – Musa Keys
  8. Woza – Mr JazziQ
  9. Mmapula – Busta 929
  10. Siyathandana – Cassper Nyovest


Top 10 Most Streamed Albums

  1. Certified Lover Boy – Drake
  2. SOUR – Olivia Rodrigo
  3. = ” – Ed Sheeran
  4. Justice – Justin Bieber
  5. Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon – Pop Smoke
  6. Planet Her – Doja Cat
  7. Donda – Kanye West
  8. Legends Never Die – Juice WRLD
  9. Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
  10. After Hours – The Weeknd


Top 10 Most Streamed South African Albums

  1. Spontaan – Riaan Benadé
  2. B4Now – Blxckie
  3. Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory: the mixtape – A-Reece
  4. Undisputed Vol 2 – Busta 929
  5. Kokovha – Makhadzi
  6. African Queen – Makhadzi
  7. Subconsciously – Black Coffee
  8. Party With The English – Mr JazziQ
  9. Hardwerkende Man – Appel
  10. To the World & Beyond – Sun-El Musician


Top 10 Most Streamed Playlists

  1. AmaPiano Grooves
  2. Today’s Top Hits
  3. Soft Pop Hits
  4. Mood Booster
  5. Deep Sleep
  6. Songs to Sing in the Shower
  7. Sleep
  8. Made in South Africa
  9. All Out 80’s
  10. Slow Jamz
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Spotify has announced that it will now offer a Chart for Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria to track the most popular songs in each city.

The aim of the chart is to create a destination for fans to see which artists are trending in their area, and to give these artists the opportunity to delve into all the data and see what music is moving listeners around the world.


Every Friday, Spotify will update the charts for each city based on activity from listeners in that city.


In addition, Spotify is launching ‘Local Pulse’ charts that will rank the most uniquely popular songs each week across Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria compared to its popularity around the world, to show off the distinct taste of local listeners.


More information on new Spotify Charts can be found on the Spotify for Artists blog post here. You can also see the top 5 tracks in each city today, below.


Top 5 tracks in Johannesburg on Spotify Charts today

  1. Adiwele (feat. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa) by Young Stunna, Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa
  2. Ngixolele by Busta 929, Boohle
  3. Abalele by Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Ami Faku
  4. 66 by Felo Le Tee, Myzstro
  5. Mmapula by Busta 929, Mzu M


Top 5 tracks in Cape Town on Spotify Charts today

  1. Easy On Me by Adele
  2. STAY (with Justin Bieber) by The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber
  3. Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran
  4. INDUSTRY BABY (feat. Jack Harlow) by Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow
  5. Cold Heart – PNAU Remix by Elton John, Dua Lipa, PNAU


Top 5 tracks in Durban on Spotify Charts today

  1. Abalele by Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Ami Faku
  2. Adiwele (feat. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa) by Young Stunna, Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa
  3. Ngixolele by Busta 929, Boohle
  4. Easy On Me by Adele
  5. Mmapula by Busta 929, Mzu M


Top 5 tracks in Pretoria on Spotify Charts today

  1. Abalele by Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Ami Faku
  2. Ngixolele by Busta 929, Boohle
  3. Adiwele (feat. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa) by Young Stunna, Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa
  4. 66 by Felo Le Tee, Myzstro
  5. Mmapula by Busta 929, Mzu M
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AmaPiano represents a truly South African sound rooted in the genre of electronic dance music influenced by kwaito, another popular South African genre that emerged in the early 1990’s. It also features elements of R&B and hip hop but deviates slightly with the inclusion of brighter jazz keys and vocal cuts.


The genre first found prominence in the ‘underground’ space of the pubs and taverns popular amongst South Africa’s township community. By 2016, it began to fully emerge in the form we currently know it as today and artists such as Kabza de Small, Gaba Cannal and MFR Souls began producing a slightly more ‘urban’ sound of the yanos, as it’s often referred to. By 2017 AmaPiano had gone from an underground sound shared predominantly on messaging apps to being in high rotation on commercial radio stations countrywide.


Spotify met the growing demand from AmaPiano-loving fans by launching its flagship AmaPiano Grooves playlist, the first official playlist launched for the genre in South Africa. The introduction of the playlist offered Spotify’s global audience of over 365 million active users access to the genre, beyond traditional audio platforms.


Through the power of its platform Spotify has not only worked with artists to showcase AmaPiano to an international audience but has supported its emerging and established artists through masterclasses that aim to upskill them to succeed on its platform, through tools like Spotify for Artists.


“AmaPiano has helped to accelerate the export of African music to the rest of the world and as a platform that immerses itself in the cultures of all the markets we are present in, it was important for us to help support the development of the creator’s community and in turn further elevating the genre and driving its discoverability,” says Melanie Triegaardt: Lead, Music Strategy and Operations, Sub Saharan Africa.


AmaPiano is currently one of the most talked about and consumed genres in the industry. Recent data released by Spotify indicates that streams of the AmaPiano Grooves playlist have increased by 210% globally over the past year and the genre has seen an increase of 170% over the same period. The rising popularity of AmaPiano outside of South African borders was evident with the UK and USA claiming the second and third spots respectively for countries who have streamed AmaPiano the most over the past 90 days.


The latest data released by Spotify is validated by the recent successful tour of AmaPiano hitmakers to the UK, performing to crowds dedicated to the homegrown, South African sound. Artists including DBN Gogo, Focalistic and Cassper Nyovest were amongst the many artists and producers that took to the stages at AMA Fest 2021.


With hits such as ‘Siyathandana’ by Cassper Nyovest, Abidoza, Boohle; ‘Sponono’ by Kabza De Small featuring the giants of African sounds – Burna Boy & WizKid with Cassper Nyovest and Madumane, and ‘Woza’ from Mr JazziQ, Kabza De Small, Lady Du and Boohle, topping the list for the most streamed AmaPiano tracks, it’s no wonder the genre continues to grow from strength to strength both locally and abroad.


Below is the complete list of the countries streaming the AmaPiano genre as well as the most streamed tracks of the genre.


Top 10 countries with the most AmaPiano streams in the past 90 days

  1. South Africa
  2. UK
  3. USA
  4. Canada
  5. Kenya
  6. France
  7. Australia
  8. Netherlands
  9. Germany
  10. Mozambique


Top 10 streamed AmaPiano tracks in South Africa over the past 90 days

  1. Izolo by DJ Maphorisa, Daliwonga, Madumane, Mpura, Tyler ICU, Visca
  2. Siyathandana by Cassper Nyovest, Abidoza, Boohle
  3. Banyana by DJ Maphorisa, Daliwonga, Kabza De Small, Sir Trill, Tyler ICU
  4. John Wick by Da Muziqal Chef, De Mthuda, Sir Trill
  5. Emlanjeni by Da Muziqal Chef, De Mthuda, Sir Trill
  6. Vula Mlomo by Musa Keys, Nobantu Vilakazi, Sir Trill
  7. LiYoshona – Main Mix by De Mthuda, Kwiish SA, MalumNator, Njelic
  8. Umsebenzi Wethu by Busta 929, Lady Du, Mpura, Mr JazziQ, Reece Madlisa, Zuma
  9. Mmapula by Busta 929, Mzu M
  10. Iyamemeza (feat. Drip Gogo & The Lowkeys) by DJ Sumbody, Drip Gogo, The Lowkeys


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Spotify has confirmed the launch of Spotify Premium for Students in South Africa as well as 19 other markets around the world including the Middle East and North Africa.


Spotify Premium for Students allows all eligible students to enjoy Spotify Premium – and all the many benefits that come with being a Premium subscriber – for R29.99, a discounted price of a Premium subscription.


The launch of Spotify Premium for Students offers eligible students an unparalleled experience with access to more than 4 billion playlists, 70 million tracks and 2.9 million podcast titles.


Spotify’s impressive music catalogue spans a range of genres including Pop, Hip Hop and South Africa’s homegrown AmaPiano. Recent Spotify data* showcased that artists in these genres including Mr JazziQBusta 929 and A-Reece claimed the top three spots for most streamed artists by South African youth.


Additional Premium benefits include ad-free music listening. The Music downloads feature offers offline listening by simply downloading content directly to your devices, save on data wherever you are.  With On-Demand Listening simply hit “next” an unlimited number of times with no restrictions, listening to any song, playlist, album, or artist at anytime and anywhere.


Spotify also offers a reimagined library that is designed to get you the content you want faster and makes getting started on Premium a seamless and personalised experience.


Premium packs even more sound quality into every song with a quality streaming experience that includes more detailed audio output with quality streaming at 320 Kbps.


For those with friends on different campuses, Premium for Students lets you host group sessions where you and up to four friends can listen simultaneously to the same playlist or podcast from anywhere in the world.


The offer is open to eligible university students and is available immediately from today. Before subscribing to the plan, students must authenticate their student status and then visit where they can sign up for the offer and start enjoying all the world’s audio wherever and whenever they want to listen.


“We are excited to be bringing our student plan to the region, since experiencing a great response from students globally. We always want to create a meaningful relationship with new potential users, many of whom are younger. With Spotify Premium Student we are providing them with a plan that gives them access to our extensive music catalogue and everything users enjoy about Spotify Premium at a value they will love,” Marwen Ben Massaoud, Growth Lead, Spotify Middle East and Africa.


For students who have not tried Premium before, they can also get the first month free.


Facebook: @Spotify |Twitter: @SpotifySA  | Instagram: @SpotifySA | #SpotifyAfrica 

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DBN Gogo is the latest artist to join the Spotify EQUAL Music Program as the EQUAL Africa artist of the month.


The program, aimed at providing a platform to highlight women in music, sees Spotify welcoming the popular AmaPiano DJ as the first South African artist to join its growing roster of influential female creators including Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage and US rapper Saweetie.

This announcement comes off the back of DBN Gogo’s appearance at AMA Fest 2021. The UK-based festival successfully showcased the ‘best of AmaPiano’ to fans, with DBN Gogo bringing her energy and signature dance moves to the global stage.


“DBN Gogo has managed to dominate two spheres within the music industry traditionally driven by the opposite sex – DJing and AmaPiano. For us, putting our support behind DBN Gogo not only speaks to what we do under the EQUAL umbrella but further drives the support we have continued to show the AmaPiano genre since it came to the fore,” says Phiona Okumu, Head of Music, Sub Saharan Africa.


DBN Gogo, who recently claimed a spot on the top 10 list of the most streamed artists by South African youth on Spotify, only recently began her professional DJing career and was catapulted to superstardom when the hits ‘Dakiwe’, ‘French Kiss’ and ‘Khuza Gogo’ blew up the local music scene alongside her #dakiwechallenge video, which amassed over three million TikTok views alone.


“Being a part of Spotify’s EQUAL Music Program is a reminder that I do not need to apologize for being a powerful woman. I had a dream and realised that old ways don’t open new doors. So, I decided to make every moment count to ensure that I become everything I wanted,” adds DBN Gogo.


As the latest artist to join the EQUAL Music Program, DBN Gogo will also grace Spotify’s Time Square billboard in New York and her latest track ‘Possible’ featuring Musa Keys, Dinho, Optimist Music ZA, Makhanj, Lebza TheVillain, Koek Sista, will lead the EQUAL Africa playlist and feature on the EQUAL Global playlist.


DBN Gogo also features on Spotify’s flagship AmaPiano playlist AmaPiano Grooves.


Facebook: @Spotify |Twitter: @SpotifySA  | Instagram: @SpotifySA | #SpotifyAfrica 

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Coldplay Challenges Fans to a Global Scavenger Hunt

Posted by radio On October - 17 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

This week, Coldplay fans encountered an out-of-this-world mystery. Digital billboards appeared in cities across the globe, flickering with messages in an alien language that only the most dedicated listeners could decode. And online, social media was abuzz with speculation. Finally, after expert sleuthing, fans cracked the case. The symbols on the billboards were, in fact, lyrics from the group’s ninth album, Music Of The Spheres, which debuts tomorrow, October 15. Spotify partnered with Coldplay on the earthly adventure, engaging listeners worldwide in a week-long scavenger hunt to find the billboard sites. Clues on social media and on Spotify guided fans to the next location.

Plus, the billboards’ cryptic displays contained a hidden Spotify code that, when scanned, took participants to the Music Of The Spheres playlist (available no matter what galaxy you’re in). The album launch marks another exciting chapter in the group’s 21 years of hit-making milestones. Coldplay has accumulated more than 16.7 billion all-time streams, so we took a look at our Spotify streaming data to see their impact. Though each of their albums is iconic, their top five most-streamed are:

      1. A Head Full of Dreams with over 2.4 billion streams.
      2. A Rush of Blood to the Head with over 2.1 billion streams.
      3. Ghost Stories with over 2 billion streams.
      4. Parachutes with over 1.7 billion streams.
      5. Mylo Xyloto with over 1.5 billion streams.

With eight studio albums already under their belts, the artists also have an impressive catalogue of tracks. The top five most-streamed tracks are:

      1. Something Just Like This” (with The Chainsmokers) with more than 1.5 billion streams.
      2. The Scientist” with more than 1 billion streams.
      3. Yellow” with more than 940 million streams.
      4. Viva La Vida” with more than 930 million streams.
      5. Fix You” with more than 850 million streams.


And the release of Music Of The Spheres will likely add to those numbers. Already, the first single, a collaboration with K-pop sensation BTS called “My Universe,” has drawn new fans and excited longtime followers. The track also happens to have helped kick off the global scavenger hunt through a Spotify Canvas—a short looping video accompanying the track—that revealed clues to help locate the first billboard. For fans following along on social media, however, the first alien message came directly from Coldplay. On Sunday, October 10, the group sent the first to fans worldwide.

The symbols, spheres, and coordinates teased of the adventure to come on Monday. Then, in the U.K., Londoners spotted the first billboard—quickly followed by a sighting in Moscow, Russia.

In London, fans learned the lyrics to “Biutyful.” While in Moscow, Coldplay made contact and shared “Humankind.”

Across the globe, in the United States, an unidentified floating billboard was spotted on Tuesday in Los Angeles, California. There, Selena Gomez fans had an exciting surprise—an upcoming collaboration with Coldplay on “Let Somebody Go.”

One of the final spooky sightings occurred today, in São Paulo, Brazil, where residents found extra-terrestrials among themselves. The song “Human Heart” arrived courtesy of a flying saucer.

The other was in Johannesburg, South Africa, where a billboard sported the last words from outer space: “People of the Pride.”

Coldplay comes in peace. Start your intergalactic adventure and stream the Music Of The Spheres playlist now. Then, let the new release, Music Of The Spheres, transport you to another universe on October 15.


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MTN Bushfire Ignites the Digital Spa

Posted by radio On September - 16 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

Bab L’Bluz (Morocco)

Bab L’Bluz is a Franco-Moroccan band whose name means “The Gateway to the Blues”. Formed in 2018, they are a uniquely Moroccan psychedelic Rock band inspired by Gnawa and Hassani traditions, which they combine with rock, contemporary music, and popular Moroccan music.

Bholoja (Eswatini)

Mbongiseni Ngubane has wowed MTN Bushfire audiences many times over with his multi-colored, intrepid voice and a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and unique culture of the people of his homeland. A true Eswatini treasure who is always ready to bring his fire! His music, dubbed Swazi Soul, is a blend of alternative soul, gospel, jazz, blues and African traditional rhythms.


Catu Diosis (Uganda)

All about love, energy and good times, Catu Diosis is a Ugandan producer and DJ. She makes the dancefloor a boiling pot of vibes with her loud and tropical sounds. From Gqom to Kuduro, she will keep you dancing and smiling. She is a talent not to be missed, with her energetic moves and engaging performances that blew up the Boiler Room and the main stage at Nyege Nyege 2019.


Christine Salem (Reunion Island)

The iconic singer-songwriter from Reunion Island blends the percussions of her island with the melodies of a virtuoso violin. In her songs, tinged with Blues, Maloya and Rock, she gives thanks to her ancestors and sings of hope for a better world.




Jeremy Loops (South Africa)

From cult live act status in his hometown Cape Town, to a chart topping album domestically, Jeremy Loops’ career hass been characterised by breaking through glass ceilings. His international breakout saw him open for Twenty One Pilots on the road, and headline a sold-out 30,000-ticket tour of his own, soon followed by a sold-out headline show at London’s iconic O2 Academy Brixton. It’s the blend of genres that catches the ear – modern Folk with an urban edge, spanning gentle, rousing ballads to anthemic arena-ready bangers.



JOJO ABOT is a nomadic interdisciplinary artist exploring evolving themes of spirituality identity and community with self as the start point to collective evolution. JOJO ABOT continues a provocative, genre-bending dialogue with a growing global audience through her uniquely coined AFRO-HYNO-SONIC sound and otherworldly perspective. JOJO ABOT continues to develop and present her interdisciplinary practice through POWER TO THE GOD WITHIN and other curatorial projects.


Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde)

Mayra’s singing is a blend of radiant, dancing colours, velvet beats and spicy melodies. Her voice is subtly seasoned with pepper, as if the Europe of pop had always been a tropical archipelago. The songs conjure up an eternal summer that disperses the mists and chills, but never resort to the tinsel of exoticism. Sung in Cape Verdean Creole, English and Portuguese, they carry us away in their warm, adventurous unpredictability


Mighty Vibration & Azagaia (Mozambique)

From Mozambique comes Mighty Vibration, a spiritually conscious reggae artist also known as Texito Langa. Azagaia is an MC who became widely known for his songs of protest and intervention in 2007. They now have joined forces to perform mixed sounds of Conscious Reggae and Hip-Hop Rap, with the aim to bring about deep awareness of the various fields of human life.


Mpho Sebina (Botswana)

Born, bred and raised in Botswana, Mpho Sebina was labeled in 2018 as “an artist to look out for” by Global Citizen. She is a singer and songwriter whose vocal talents and hauntingly minimalistic and mystic visuals capture audiences and invite them to hone in on the messaging of her songs.

Ndlovu Youth Choir (South Africa)

One of the world’s most treasured music groups, the Ndlovu Youth Choir, with their unique musical arrangements and powerhouse vocals combined with mesmerizing choreography, have inspired millions across the globe. What started as an after-school programme for orphaned and vulnerable children is now an international recording and touring sensation!


Nubya Garcia (United Kingdom)

Multi-award-winning saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia is a talent to be seen and heard. Her debut album, SOURCE, wascreceived with wide critical acclaim and described by The New York Times as “a life’s worth of experiences in an hour-long listen,” elevated her career and she has not come down since. She has gone on to secure a spot on UK Charts Top 30.


Oddisee (USA)

DMV rapper and record producer was born Amir Elkhalifa in Washington D.C. to a Sudanese father and African American mother. He bore witness to stark inequity early in life and became as political as the city he was raised in. Elkhalifa tackles the human condition with unwavering conviction and candour, merging elements of Jazz, Funk, and Go-Go into his Hip Hop-rooted productions.


Qhibo & Hanwah (Eswatini)

Qibho Intalektual, a poet, thespian and activist from Eswatini, uses his poetry to speak truth to power. Hanwah is a British vocalist, pianist and producer whose soothing vocals and unique production takes you into a new state of mind. Together, the duo create original sounds that reflect the current moods of Eswatini, along with what the landscape has to offer.


Sun-El Musician (South Africa)

Sanele Sithole, better known by his stage name Sun-El Musician, is a South African disc jockey, music producer and songwriter. Born and raised in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, he was a producer for Demor Music before the establishment of his own record label EL World Music.


Tendaness (Eswatini)

Introducing his signature sound with his hit “Jika”, featuring Bholoja and LO, Tendaness has become an award-winning artist. Described as a “genre-bender”, Tendaness’ sound is a combination of a variety of genres, such as Jazz and Folk with Electronic elements, resulting in a sound with worldwide potential.


The Collab with The One Who Sings (South Africa) & Sands (Eswatini)

This year, The One Who Sings and Sands created a new song for the second event of the MTN Bushire 2021 Digital Series, The Collab, and now “Give Me Fire” will be screened for the very first time! Sandziso “Sands” Matsebula is a multi-talented guitarist, songwriter, performing artist and Afro-Soul singer, and one of Eswatini’s best-loved talents. The One Who Sings, Zolani Mahola, is most famously known as the former lead singer of the internationally acclaimed pan-African South African music group Freshlyground and has gone on to create a global reputation as an extraordinary singer, songwriter, actress and storyteller.





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MTN Bushfire Presents: The Collab

Posted by radio On August - 24 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

The Collab is a digital event connecting & uniting the region through a unique music collaboration.


This MTN Bushfire collaborative project is a one-of-a-kind musical partnership that has inspired new creative work from two top artists in the region. The Collab event presents the song and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the recording, at 6pm on 27th August 2021 on the MTN Bushfire YouTube and Facebook channels, and website (


The MTN Bushfire Collab is a one-of-a-kind musical collaboration that features well-known artists from Eswatini and South Africa, with the aim of inspiring new creative work and supporting dynamic new work during a time of limited arts mobility and connectivity. Two of the top performers in the region have come together to create a unique song and share their creative journey with fans and Fire Starters around the globe.


MTN Bushfire is thrilled to reveal the stars of the Collab:

Zolani Mahola & Sands

The One Who Sings (Zolani Mahola) is most famously known as the former lead singer of the internationally acclaimed pan-African South African music group Freshlyground and has gone on to create a global reputation as an extraordinary singer, songwriter, actress and storyteller.


Sands is one of Eswatini’s best loved talents. He is a multi-talented guitarist, songwriter, performing artist and Afro soul singer who rose to fame in 2015 when he won Best Radio Song of 2015 (for his song Vuma) and Male Artist of the Year at the National Arts and Culture Awards (NACA).


The Collab has been a stunning success, with both artists exuberantly upbeat about the experience to connect musically and creatively face-to-face, something artists have not been able to do for almost two years. Sands has this to say: “Something special has come to life. Zolani is an amazing talent and I have been privileged with this opportunity to create fire with her. I can’t wait for the world to hear this jam!” While The One Who Sings states, “My collaboration with Sands has been full of ease and joy. It’s such a pleasure to connect with a fellow musician who is skilled and capable but beyond that who is eager and open to what the collaborative process can bring. In this case it brought a bright, bright continental fire and we can’t wait to share it with the world!”


This infectious spirit will be shared with the world with the digital event on 27th August with a free broadcast on the MTN Bushfire website.


The Collab was born out of the desire to inspire game-changing creative narratives that will facilitate the creation of a dynamic body of new creative work, weaving together Africa’s rich & diverse musical genres,reflecting current issues, and involving a diverse range of profile and up-and-coming artists.


The Collab digital event will form part of MTN Bushfire’s 2021 Digital Series, that also features electrifying performances, an artist empowerment workshop on the 18th of September, exclusive content, and up-close access to artists. The Series will conclude with one of the most exciting multicultural Digital Festivals to be seen on the African continent, The MTN Bushfire 2021 Digital Festival on 24th September, featuring customized and upgraded immersive online experiences, enabling fans to safely enjoy and share the magic that is MTN Bushfire.

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The popularity of podcasts continues to grow especially over the last year, where people valued convenience and instant access to a range of interesting topics. With over 2.9 million podcasts available on Spotify there’s something for everyone.

Spotify recently revealed the top podcasts streamed by female listeners across South Africa. Over the past three months, these top podcasts have favoured topics such as:

  • Infotainment
  • Wellness
  • Motivation


Below are the Top 10 Most Streamed Podcasts by Female Listeners in South Africa and attached is an infographic that represents the categories most streamed by female listeners in South Africa.


  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. Oprah Super Soul
  3. Crime Junkie
  4. ASMR Aaron
  5. Audice Wellness Services
  6. Bible at Bedtime
  7. The Self Love Fix
  8. On Purpose with Jay Shetty
  9. Relaxing White Noise
  10. The Mindset Mentor
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