AKA and Nasty C Rep SA Hip Hop On Spotify’s 2023 Most Streamed South African Artists List

Written by on 30 November, 2023

The music landscape in South Africa has undergone a seismic shift, with various genres making waves and capturing the attention of global audiences. However, it’s noteworthy that in 2023, only two South African rappers have managed to carve out a space on Spotify’s Most Streamed South African Artists list: AKA and Nasty C. In a sea of diverse sounds and genres, these two artists stand alone, representing the resilience and enduring appeal of South African hip-hop.



  1. AKA

Taking the seventh spot on the list, AKA, a seasoned veteran in the South African music scene, continues to showcase his versatility. Known for his prowess in hip-hop, AKA’s ability to adapt to evolving musical trends is evident in his exploration of Amapiano, securing him a place among the most streamed artists on Spotify in 2023. AKA’s enduring popularity speaks volumes about his influence and ability to stay relevant in an ever-changing industry.


  1. Nasty C

Ranked sixth on the Most Streamed South African Artists list, Nasty C has been a trailblazer in the South African hip-hop scene. His crossover appeal, seamlessly blending hip-hop with other genres, including Amapiano, has solidified his position as one of the country’s most celebrated artists. Nasty C’s inclusion on the list is a testament to his global impact and the ability of hip-hop to transcend boundaries and resonate with a diverse audience.

The fact that only two South African rappers have made it to the top of Spotify’s most streamed list in 2023 signals a broader evolution in the country’s music scene. Traditionally dominated by hip-hop, the rise of Amapiano and other genres has diversified the musical landscape. AKA and Nasty C, by embracing and experimenting with new sounds, showcase the adaptability of hip-hop in South Africa.

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