South Africa has a global music industry and here are the Apple music top artists for the last four years.
The South African music scene includes both popular (jive) and folk forms like Zulu isicathamiya singing and harmonic mbaqanga.
Classical and art music in South Africa reached its zenith of popularity in the mid-20th century and was primarily composed by a triumvirate of Afrikaner composers known as the “fathers of South African art music.
Below are Apple music’s top South African artists over the previous four years
Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo known professionally as Nasty C, is a South African rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Nasty C has been the most streamed South African artist on Apple Music in the last four years.
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His sophomore album Strings and Bling is also the most streamed South African and African album on the streaming platform in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The young rapper only comes second to Burna Boy on the list of African artists streamed by Sub-Saharan audiences on Apple Music.
Joyous Celebration is a brainchild of 3 music industry heavyweights – Messrs Lindelani Mkhize, Jabu Hlongwane, and Mthunzi Namba.
They are the second top artists on Apple music.
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Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, known professionally as AKA, is a South African rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Forbes gained significance after releasing his single “Victory Lap” which was released from his debut album, Alter Ego (2011).
Jabulani Hadebe known professionally as Sjava, is a South African singer, and rapper.
He gained mainstream popularity after he was featured on Miss Pru’s acclaimed song “Ameni” in 2015.
Refiloe Maele Phoolo professionally known as Cassper Nyovest, is a South African rapper, songwriter, and record producer.
Cassper Nyovest is regarded as one of the most successful artists in South Africa.
Nkosinathi Innocent Sizwe Maphumulo better known by his stage name Black Coffee, is a South African DJ, record producer, singer, and songwriter.
Black Coffee became prominent after participating in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy that was held in Cape Town.