Spotify Wrapped 2022: What did South Africa listen to this year?

It’s that time of year again when all Spotify users get to proudly showcase their listening habits. Wrapped 2022 is here and with it, Spotify has shared the collective listening habits of South Africans.

The way we listen to music says a lot about us. As part of Wrapped 2022, Spotify users get a detailed snapshot of their most loved artists, creators and songs. And as part of this year’s fun, Audio Day shows how Spotify users’ musical choices evolve throughout the day while the new Your Listening Personality feature tells users about the music they listen to and what that says about their music taste. One of 16 different Spotify-created Listening Personality types is assigned to each user based on their 2022 listening trends. 

Wrapped 2022 will also feature messages from artists to their listeners, and because sharing is caring, users will be able to share their Wrapped cards via WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Fans can also unlock a personalised Snapchat lens that reflects their listening personality and those active in the Roblox universe, can head to Spotify Island for even more fun and games. 

“South Africans can be proud of what their creatives in music are achieving. They are making noise in the right places, and at the right time,” says Warren Bokwe, Spotify’s Artist and  Label Partnerships Manager in South Africa.

This year, Amapiano became South Africa’s hottest genre and this year’s Spotify Wrapped shows that South Africans truly believe local is lekker

  • The top most streamed South African artists locally in 2022 are Amapiano artists
  • Kabza De Small appears in five out of seven top music streaming lists in South Africa this year, leading the charge as the most streamed South African artist and proving that the genre known for birthing creative dance challenges, is unstoppable 
  • Kabza De Small is not only the most streamed South African artist, but he is also one of only two South African artists to feature in the top ten most streamed artists overall in South Africa, ranking second to Drake, and ahead of The Weeknd, who claims the number three spot 
  • KOA II Part 1 by Kabza De Small also tops the charts for the most streamed South African album in South Africa  in 2022
  • Kabza De Small is the top most streamed South African artist in South Africa followed by DJ Maphorisa, his main collaborator. The two are also well known for their Scorpion Kings projects
  • AmaPiano Grooves, a playlist made up of some of the country’s hottest Amapiano tracks, unsurprisingly, is the most streamed playlist in South Africa this year
  • K.O’s genre-bending track SETE, released in August, claims the title of the most streamed song in Mzansi while Paris, by Q-Mark claims the number two spot, followed by Glass Animals’  Heat Waves, and Wanitwa Mos’ Dali Nguwe and Lost Frequencies’ Where Are You Now rounding out the top five. 
  • South Africans showed the most love to K.O’s hit track SETE. It received the most likes via the heart button. ‘Liking’ is how you tell Spotify that you’re into a particular song, album, or playlist 
  • Dali Nguwe  by Wanitwa Mos is the number one South African song streamed globally, followed by uMlando by  9umba, Lady Du, Mdoovar, Sino Msolo, Sir Trill, Slade, TOSS, Young Stunna at number two with Paris (feat. Afriikan Papi) by  Afriikan Papi, Cloud9ne, Q-Mark, TpZee rounding the top three
  • The most streamed South African artist globally list is dominated by Amapiano artists, led by Kabza De Small followed by DJ Maphorisa, Young StunnaMellow & Sleazy, BlxckieNasty C, MakhadziAmi Faku with Joyous Celebration rounding up the list 
  • South Africans repeatedly streamed SETE, it is the number one most repeated song in South Africa 
  • In South Africa, Paris (feat. Afriikan Papi) by  Afriikan Papi, Cloud9ne, Q-Mark, TpZee is streamed every day 
  • South Africans love to get the party started as soon as the work week is over with many streaming the most music on Fridays and kicking the party off promptly at 5PM (the top time of day that they like to listen to music on Spotify) 
  • Local music consumption in South Africa has grown exponentially, increasing by 85% between 2021 and 2022

The full breakdown of South Africans streamed on Spotify this year is below.

Kabza De Small
The Weeknd
Chris Brown
Kendrick Lamar
Kanye West
DJ Maphorisa
Taylor Swift
Ed Sheeran
J. Cole
Kabza De Small
DJ Maphorisa
Mellow & Sleazy
Young Stunna
Nasty C
Joyous Celebration
Ami Faku
SETE (feat. Young Stunna & Blxckie) by  K.O 
Heat Waves by Glass Animals
Paris by Q-Mark
Dali Nguwe by Wanitwa Mos
Last Last by Burna Boy
As It Was by Harry Styles
Under The Influence by Chris Brown
WAIT FOR U (feat. Drake & Tems) by Future
uMlando by 9umba
Where Are You Now by Lost Frequencies
SETE (feat. Young Stunna & Blxckie) by  K.O 
Paris by Q-Mark
Dali Nguwe by Wanitwa Mos
uMlando by 9umba
Asibe Happy by Kabza De Small
Sengizwile (feat. Aymos & Young Stunna) by Mas Musiq
Abo Mvelo (feat. Mellow & Sleazy & M.J) by Daliwonga
Tanzania by Uncle Waffles
Abalele by Kabza De Small
Sofa Silahlane by Wanitwa Mos
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
= by Ed Sheeran
Certified Lover Boy by Drake
KOA II Part 1 by Kabza De Small
Amagama by Nomfundo Moh
Planet Her (Deluxe) by Doja Cat
Love, Damini by Burna Boy
Dawn FM by The Weeknd
Justice by Justin Bieber
Harry’s House by
Harry Styles
KOA II Part 1 by Kabza De Small
Amagama by Nomfundo Moh
Auti ‘eSharp by Mas Musiq
Ivy League by Kelvin Momo
Notumato by Young Stunna
The Best Of BeLee-DAT by BeLee-Dat
Spontaan by Riaan Benadé
African Queen by Makhadzi
Ichwane Lenyoka by Big Zulu
B4Now by Blxckie
AmaPiano Grooves
Songs to Sing in the Shower
Today’s Top Hits
Deep Sleep
Soft Pop Hits
Hot Hits South Africa
African Heat
Afrikaanse Hits
I Love My ’00s R&B

Amapiano surpassed a billion global streams as predicted in May this year with the launch of Spotify: Music That Moves –  a series focusing on locally grown music and showcases the cross-border and cross-cultural appeal of the genre in far-flung locations beyond South Africa. The genre and its artists are growing globally and locally as evidenced by this year’s Wrapped data. 

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