Top Ten (10) Musicians In South Africa In 2024

Top Ten (10) Musicians In South Africa In 2024
Top Ten (10) Musicians In South Africa In 2024

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South Africans are known for their genre called amapiano, which has loads of vibes that make the listeners get on their feet and dance, you should know that not all South African singers sing the amapiano genre, most combine other genres too. In this article, we will give you the South Africa’s Top 10 Musicians for 2024, starting with the number one we have

1. Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord

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While the majority of South African musicians stick to the Afro-pop or Amapiano genre, Die Antwoord has carved out a distinct career for themselves. The alternative hip-hop trio was founded and formed in Cape Town in 2008 and the trio consists of producers HITEK5000 and Lil2Hood, alongside the rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser.

Die Antwoord, known for its distinct flair, made it known that you can be unique and still succeed to the top. Their global and international fan base is proof of their attraction to all people. Die Antwoord has achieved widespread recognition while regularly reaching the top of the charts in Europe, North America, and Australia.

They became one of South Africa’s most respected bands after their breakthrough single, “Baby’s on Fire,” reached 270 million views on YouTube by December 2023.

They are the number one musician in South Africa for 2024 despite the controversies, their music says volumes. Across the globe, their uniqueness has resonated.

2. Master KG

Master KG

Master KG

“Jerusalema,” just like “Despacito,” was the 2020 global anthem that every living person sang and danced to. This mind-blowing song was composed by Master KG. The hit song made Master KG’s status as a highly sought-after African artist, and his popularity was fueled by viral challenges.

Among South Africa’s best musicians, he continues to hold the second spot up to 2024. “Jerusalema,” which features Nomcebo Zikode and Burna Boy, earned a diamond certification from FRA and topped Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart.

The song had gained over 587 million views by December 2023, confirming its huge popularity. There is no denying Master KG’s skill as it goes beyond national boundaries and cultural barriers, “Jerusalema” inspired lots of dance contests with its contagious rhythm.

Master KG’s superstar reputation is validated by the song’s unmatched success. Four years after its release in 2020, Master KG is still at the upper side of South Africa’s music scene thanks to the legendary song “Jerusalema.”

3. Tyla

Tyla

Tyla

Tyla Laura Seethal, better known by her nickname Tyla, rose from singing in school to competing against Beyonce. At the age of 22, she was already headed for greatness in the South African and African music industries.

After signing with Epic Records in 2021, this talented singer from Johannesburg gained popularity in her home country with her debut track, “Getting Late.”

However, it was “Water,” which was released in 2023, shot her to international fame, making the top ten in sixteen nations, including the US and the UK. Trailblazer, Tyla won the first-ever Grammy for Best African Music Performance in 2024 for her song “Water,” which became the first solo South African song to appear on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 55 years.

With a hot blend of pop and amapiano that amazingly displays her talent, Tyla’s self-titled debut album got critical acclaim, elevating her status as the youngest African Grammy winner and the “Queen of Popiano.”

4. Costa Titch

 Costa Titch

Costa Titch

Who would have thought that Costa Titch, who was born to a South African mother and a Greek father, would take over the South African airwaves? Titch defied all prejudices as a choreographer and created legendary hits, proving that white guys can dance, before his tragic death in March 2023.

He might be the most famous artist in South Africa if he were still alive today. He rocketed to the top with his ground-breaking “Big Flexa.” It had received over 82 million views by December of 2023. Titch continues to rank number 4 among the 2024’s top musicians despite his untimely death in 2023, proof of his devoted fan base.

He might potentially take the top rank in 2025 with consistent annual growth. As a mixed-race South African performer, Titch exceeded expectations. His brilliance and broad appeal are seen in songs like “Big Flexa.”

Even though Titch’s life ended suddenly, his music continued to be popular even after he passed away. He broke down obstacles that few people thought he could. This ground-breaking artist’s legacy endures because it was strong during his lifetime.

5. Makhadzi

Makhadzi

Makhadzi

Being the only female solo artist in the male-dominated top 10 in South Africa for 2024, Makhadzi shows =]that hard work and skill can win out. At the age of thirteen, she began playing for donations from customers in taxi ranks.

She is currently ranked fourth and has been steadily ascending to become one of South Africa’s most sought-after female performers. Songs like “Ghanama,” which has received over 24 million views on YouTube, are prime examples of greatness.

This hit song demonstrates Makhadzi’s ongoing significance and enduring appeal in the South African music scene.

6. DJ Maphorisa

DJ Maphorisa

DJ Maphorisa

The gifted and renowned DJ, producer, singer, and songwriter Dj Maphorisa has every talent needed, he is the brain behind most hit songs like Uhuru’s “Y-Tjukuta,” Kwesta’s “Ngud’,” Busiswa’s “Lahla,” and many more.

With a mind-blowing single like Izolo which has accumulated over 27 million views, he has solidified his legacy as the leading industry player. As of now in 2024 he ranks 6th in the top 10, but his talents and skills can land him at the top coming 2025.

The secret tool and success behind many stars in the industry today is DJ Maphorisa whose production guru made their songs known and heard.

His footprints in the industry can’t be wiped off as he makes a good imprint in whichever lane he lands, thankfully he has shaped the South African music industry.

7. Prince Kaybee

Prince Kaybee

Prince Kaybee

To be a DJ in the South African industry can make a whole lot of way for you to the top 10 just as Prince Kaybee has proven to us. His skills, knowledge, and mastery of musical equipment have birthed a whole lot of the country’s biggest hits and earned him global accolades for his amazing and catchy tracks, mindblowing shows, and mad DJ skills.

Hits like “Wajellwa,” “Friend Zone,” and “Yonkinto” prove how in-demand he is. With over 31 million views, the famous song “Banomoya” has increased the popularity of Kaybee. Even though he’s more than simply a DJ, Kaybee uses those skills to get a lot of popularity and attention.

His ongoing popularity is the result of a blend of performer charisma and production values. Because of Kaybee’s diverse artistic abilities, becoming a DJ can lead to success.

8. Blaq Diamond

Blaq Diamond

Blaq Diamond

Blaq Diamond is a duo that was formed as a result of school trips, the duo was caught freestyling on the bus on their way to a school trip, and since then they made a bond through school functions and local accolades.

In search of better opportunities, they relocated to Johannesburg, and the rest became history.

They are only the second group in the top 10, so their fame is impressive. With over 24 million views on YouTube, “SummerYoMuthi,” a chart-topping release, keeps the fame going. Their enduring success demonstrates the chemistry and bond that was initially sparked during a field trip.

Collaborations can happen anywhere with the right commitment, as proven by Blaq Diamond. Their friendship powers the song from bus jokes to big-time importance. Blaq Diamond demonstrates that passionate collaborations are capable of greatness.

9. Mafikizolo

Mafikizolo

Mafikizolo

Tebogo Madingoane, Theo Kgosinkwe, and Nhlanhla Nciza, the late member of the Kwaito trio, formed the group Mafikizolo in 1997. Their compilation album “The Best of” during their break suggested more music to come.

After picking up again in 2013, they released the hit song “Khona” with Uhuru. Their variety is impressive as they are masters of Afro-pop, kwaito, house, and Afro-soul. They are the third-oldest pair in the top 10 for 2024 and the oldest group. Their longevity is unparalleled.

A timeless hit like “Love Potion,” which will have had over 38 million views on YouTube by December 2023, shows why this musician is currently ranked eighth among South Africa’s most well-known performers. A sound that transcends decades and genres is Mafikizolo’s soulful tone.

They have a timeless talent for reinvention, as seen by their progression from 90s kwaito to today’s eclectic smashes. Mafikizolo continues to innovate years later as a symbol of tenacity and its benefits.

10. Nasty C

Nasty C

Nasty C

Nasty C‘s journey is remarkable, going from his Soweto origins to mixtapes at the age of 14. He has created a niche for himself in hip hop, in contrast to most who adhere to the standard Amapiano sound of South Africa. Chart-topping successes and international acclaim have resulted from this unconventional approach.

In March 2020, Nasty C signed a career-defining contract with Def Jam, despite all norms. His international fan base grew as a result of his US debut single “There They Go,” confirming his popularity on a global scale. Nasty C’s fame is cemented by hits like “SMA (Vol 1),” which has received over 40 million views on YouTube.

In conclusion

South Africa has a whole lot of artists, but the ones mentioned above worked hard to get to the top 10 today, as a South African artist you can also be among the top 10 if your hard work starts to pay off.  If you found this article useful please share it with others.

 

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