Apple Music reveals the top performing artists on the service

Apple Music is celebrating four years in Africa and with that have announced the top performing artists on the service both in South Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa over the past four years.

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.
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 

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

  1. Drake
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Post Malone
  4. Eminem
  5. Khalid
  6. Hillsong Worship
  7. J. Cole
  8. Kanye West
  9. Beyonce
  10. Ariana Grande

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)

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

  1. Drake
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Post Malone
  4. Khalid
  5. J. Cole
  6. Hillsong Worship
  7. Eminem
  8. Kanye West
  9. Chris Brown
  10. Travis Scott

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