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Spotify Celebrates South Africa’s Dynamic Female Artists This Women’s Month

South Africa’s top female artists continue to light up the ‘stage’ this Women’s Month while Spotify shines a spotlight on the female voices that local audiences cannot seem to get enough of.

Spotify’s current list of South African female artists and the tracks most streamed by local audiences showcases the diversity of South Africa’s music culture, with female artists representing the Afrikaans, pop, soul, AmaPiano and R&B genres amongst the favourites. These women represent a blend of artists listeners have come to know and love and newer artists who are currently taking the industry by storm. 

Spotify’s first South African RADAR artist, RnB, trap soul singer and songwriter, Elaine, leads the list of the most streamed female artists in South Africa. Local fans are also loving the sounds of Rhythm & Blues sensation Ami Faku as well as Sha Sha whose hit collaborations with DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small have earned her the nickname ‘the AmaPiano queen’. Local audience appreciation for the genre remains high, with AmaPiano continuing to hold the title as the most streamed local music genre in South Africa.  

On the list of the most streamed tracks locally by South African female artists, Elaine’s single  ‘You’re the One’ takes the number one spot  followed by Risky and  DJ Zinhle’s hit Umlilo.

To highlight how important women are to the industry, Spotify will celebrate proud female voices during Women’s Month. Throughout August, look out for some exciting Spotify playlist takeovers by a few of Africa’s top female creators. 

For inspiration of which female artist to add to your playlist – see below for the top 10 female South African artists and tracks streamed by local audiences, based on streams from June 2019 –June 2020*. 

Top 10 most-streamed female artists in South Africa*

1) Elaine

2) Ami Faku

3) Sha Sha

4) Demi Lee Moore

5) Juanita Du Plessis

6) Karen Zoid

7) Amanda Black

8) Zonke

9) Shekhinah

10) Lady Zamar

Top 10 most-streamed tracks by female artists in South Africa* 

1) Elaine – ‘You’re The One’

2) Elaine – ‘Risky’

3) DJ Zinhle – ‘Umlilo’

4) Elaine – ‘I Just Wanna Know’

5) Elaine – ‘Changes’

6) Elaine – ‘I/You’

7) Q Twins ft DJ Tira – ‘Hamba’

8) Christia Visser – ‘17 Shots’

9) Elaine – ‘Say It’

10) Elaine – ‘When we’re Alone’

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