The AMM yearly countdown today beams our spotlight over Southern Africa, it is a given fact that the Southern African landscape is blessed with some of the most amazing voices and talents that Africa has. So who make the 2016 list of Top Southern African Artists? Sit back, relax and enjoy the countdown…
16. Buffalo Soulja – Zimbabwe
Zimbabwean star Buffalo Soulja comes up at number 16. The South Africa based singing star has enjoyed a stirring 2016 and has continued to build on his profile with some banging tunes as well spreading his music tentacles continentally. The year 2016 also brought Buffalo Souljah some international recognition with his nomination at AFRIMMA 2016.
15. The Dogg – Namibia
Namibia’s King of Rap The Dogg is an ever present on the Southern African music scene. He has a cult following and his impressive list of hits would baffle a non-observer. The Dogg has risen to be one of Namibia’s foremost artists and the recognition has spread continentally. Consistency and evergreen are words that comes naturally when describing the talents of The Dogg as he firmly cements hismelf on this list at number 15. The Kawito artist has bagged numerous awards to booth.
14. Ice Queen Cleo- Zambia
Zambia’s Queen of music Ice Queen Cleo emerged as AFRIMMA 2015 Best Female Southern Africa and it has been a steady rise for the talented act since then. Ice Queen Cleo has successfully carved a niche for herself as one of the top female artist to reckon with from South Africa. 2016 was another year of national domination as well also earning nomination for AFRIMMA 2016.
13. Mi Casa – South Africa
At number 13 we have the massively talented South African group Mi Casa. Mi Casa is a house band based in Johannesburg, South Africa and consisting of 3 members, Dr. Duda (producer) and pianist, J’Something (vocalist and guitarist), and Mo-T (trumpeter).
This year the group diversified with collaborations all over Africa namely with Eddy Kenzo and more and the results were outstanding success. This cemented Mi Casa’s status as one of the continent’s giants when it comes to music. The duo shut down many show venues across the world and deservedly earn their place on this list.
12. Miss Lira – South Africa
Miss Lira makes it back to back South African names at number 12. The highly talented vocal siren is an actress, model as well as role model of distinction to many in the South African music game. 2016 saw Miss Lira consolidate her position as one of the genuine superstars of Southern African music. From hit songs to awards in the bag, 2016 was a fruitful year for the golden voiced South African lady and she’s set to open more frontiers on the new year.
11. Urban Hype – Zambia
Undisputed Zambian number 1 group or band Urban Hype is next on the list, the talented group has over the years built a huge fan base in their native Zambia and this his started to garner them continental recognition. Urban Hype did not disappoint with good music in this outgoing year having some of the most popular jams in the Southern African country of Zambia. Urban Hype the talented Afro-sensations tick all the boxes of a successful music group and the trio are set for more grounds breaking in 2017.
10. Chikune – Namibia
From relative obscurity Chikune sprang to international attention by winning the 2016 AFRIMMA Best Female Southern Africa award. This was no mean feat considering the category had people like Zonke, Lira, Ice Queen and many more heavyweights of the South African music game. Chikune has steadily earned support on the home front , consistently besting others in Namibia to the music throne. She confirmed her sterling statistics when she claimed the AFRIMMA award unheralded and she makes the list at number 10.
9. Jah Prayza -Zimbabwe
Mukudzeyi Mukombe, who performs under the name Jah Prayzah, is a Zimbabwean contemporary musician and lead member for the band Third Generation. Jah Prayza’s profile soared endlessly in 2016, apart from establishing himself as Zimbawe’s premier act he also embarked on a successful American tour as well as Canadian tour where he had the opportunity to thrill his teeming fans in Diaspora.He narrowly missed out on AFRIMMA 2016 nominations but the dreadlocked star is not resting on his oars as he has lined up musical collaborations with Diamond Platnumz and other top Nigerian acts.
8. Nasty C = South Africa
Young, talented and exuding brimming confidence are the words that would describe ace South African rapper Nasty C. Still only 17 , Nasty C has proved his well ahead of the game with his delivery and the string of hits to his name in just a little while. Fondly referred to as the coolest kid on AFrica his current collaboration with Davido is burning down the charts. Nasty C is set to be one of the biggest things to come from African nay South African rap with the way he is going.
7. Roberto – Zambia
Roberto can be described as one of the best voices from Zambia and ever since the song ‘Amarula’ catapulted him to continental fame, he hasnt looked back. He has maintaned his position as Zambia’s premier solo artist and followed up with continental spread, bagging back to back AFRIMMA nominations in 2015 and 2016. Roberto’s exploits musically has him marked as one of the best singers from Southern AFrica and he earns his place at number 7.
6. Zonke – South Africa
To say Zonke is the hottest South African female artist would not be out of place. She made a clean sweep at the South African Music Awards SAMA 2016 and her songs have filled up the charts in the former apartheied country. Zonke also bagged nominations at MTV and AFRIMMA to cap a marvellous year for the silky voiced star. Without a doubt she earns he place on this list of the Top 16 Southern African ARtists of 2016 and with the form she is showing , theire is definitely loads to come in 2017.
5. Emtee – South Africa
At number 5 comes new wave rapper Emtee who knocked established names of their perch by winning Best South AFrican rapper at the SAMA 2016. Emtee also followed up by bagging his first AFRIMMA nomination to cap up an impressive year for the gifted rapper. Emtee has now firmly established himslef as one of the South African rap acts to reckon with after a stellar year and according to the camp, the wave has just started.
4. Mafikizolo – South Africa
At number 4 we have the indefatigable serial hit makers Mafikizolo. The South African music top group has displayed a consistency that has been starnge in the industry and they are well and truly on top pf the music game. 2016 was no different with chart busting songs, sold out performances and a world tour that took them to many countries around the world. The Mafikizolo fever is not stopping anytime soon and 2017 promises to be another big year for the South African superstars.
3. Aka – South Africa
The Mega Superstar is an iconic figure in South African rap lexicon and he followed up the success of 2015 by repeating it in 2016. He won the AFRIMMA Best Male South Africa awards back to back which is an unprecedented move in the history of AFRIMMA and as usual he spinned out chat topping songs that kept his name on the lips of every South African music fam. Significantly the raging war between him and Casper Nyomvest seemed to have been nippped in the bud as the duo hugged openly in a major win for South African music. Aka is one of the giants of the South African music game and could have occupied any of the positions further forward on the list.
2. Black Coffee- South Africa
2016 BET Best African Act Black Coffee comes up the list at number 2, the seasoned performer has been quietly doing his thing and making his mark and 2016 culminated in massive international recognition with him bagging the BET crown. Black Coffee sold out on most of his international dates and it is on record he was on tour for a whole year. Black Coffee without a doubt is one of the most formidable names in Southern Africa music at the moment and this list gives honour to whom honour is due.
1. Cassper Nyovest – South Africa
Refiloe Maele Phoolo, professionally known as Cassper Nyovest, is a South African recording artist and record producer. Casper Nyovest is probably the most talked about rapper in South Africa right now after his unprecedented move of filling up the over 20,000 Capacity Orlando stadium . Cassper also continued where he left off in 2015, dropping a string of hits ‘Refiloe’, Abadze’ and more that all turned out to be chart toppers as well as bagging numerous awards and recognition. Cassper for all he has achieved this year tops our list as number 1 even as he promises 2017 would be greater.