November 30, 2023

Makhadzi breaks another record!

Makhadzi also won a SAMA
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Makhadzi is on a winning streak as she recently made history as the most streamed South African female artist on Spotify for 2023. On top of that, the singer and dancer bagged a car endorsement and as if that is not enough, she recently bagged the Best Traditional Album award at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs).




Even with the odds being against her, the Mapara singer is still making history. Last week, Makhadzi, real name Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona, lost her dancer Calvin Candiano, who died after a short illness. She also experienced a minor wave of fatigue that forced her to take a break. Having gone through all that, she is still reaching for the stars. Makhadzi's music continues to be the most streamed in the country. Spotify Wrapped 2023 showed that South Africans are still keeping things local and lekker by streaming their own sound and shows that local users are listening to more and the consumption has grown by 101% in 2023. Makhadzi is followed by singer Amu Faku, Nkosazana Daughter, Lwah Ndlunkulu, Nomfundo Moh, and MaWhoo. Lwah Ndlunkulu also shows in the top ten most searched South African artists list.




Mnike hitmaker, Tyler ICU's and Hamba Juba DJ, Lady Amar lead as the most streamed songs in South Africa. Mzansi's own, Kelvin Momo is the second most searched artist list after Drake. The stats also show that the majority of the social platforms' users, between the ages 18 to 24-years, listen to more non-South African artists than 25-34-year-olds.




The Big Zulu and Sjava duo appears as a fan favourite. The Inkabi Zezwe duo released their first album project this year. They appear in two lists; with the single Umbayimbayi at number 10 on the most streamed South African songs in SA, while the album

Ukhamba makes an appearance at the same spot on the most streamed albums in SA  list. Sjava is the third most streamed South African artist in Mzansi and his album Isibuko, is the third most streamed SA album. The new amapiano sound continues to dominate the lists. The most streamed songs are Amapiano songs, and the top two on the most streamed South African artists list are Kabza De Small, as the most streamed, and DJ Maphorisa. They are the only two South African artists to feature in the top ten most streamed artists overall in South Africa, ranking second and third after US artist, Drake.

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