Tyla, a Spotify Africa RADAR artist was first on stage as she showcased her Amapiano infused with Afrobeats, pop and R&B style-music. She kicked off her performance with her collaboration with Kooldrink, Getting Late, which is also her most streamed track, according to Spotify data. Interestingly, the market streaming the South African artist the most is Nigeria, followed by her home country. This is likely due to her collaboration with Nigeria’s Ayra Starr on Girl Next Door, which is her second most streamed track and was also included in her Giants of Africa performance. The other countries vibing with Tyla’s music include Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania.
The queen of Afrobeats, Tiwa Savage was the final act on the Giants of Africa stage. Also with a pan African audience, Tiwa’s Spotify listeners are from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. 49-99, one of her most playlisted songs on Spotify, opened her performance. Ma Lo, her second most streamed song was next, followed by a string of other hits including KEYS TO THE KINGDOM, Like, Pick Up and an acapella version of Somebody’s Son. Who Is Your Guy was a crowd favourite, as was her most streamed song on Spotify, Koroba. Closing off with Stamina, her top exported track among 18-35 year olds, Tiwa’s performance showed why she is still the undisputed queen of Afrobeats.
“It was a pleasure to partner with Giants of Africa particularly for the closing concert where the audience got to experience some of Africa’s top tier talent. Africa’s youth are the future, and we are excited to continue to support them, through partnerships such as this one,” said Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, after the concert.
Spotify partnered with ‘Giants of Africa’ for the inaugural ‘Giants of Africa’ Festival, in celebration of the non-profit’s 20th year anniversary. The week-long festival held in Kigali, Rwanda, brought together youth from 16 countries and used basketball as a tool to educate and empower African youths to dream big.
Fans thronged the BK Arena on Saturday, August 19, for the closing concert, presented by Spotify. The full house was expectant and Davido, Tiwa Savage, Tyla and Bruce Melodie thrilled the pan African audience with unforgettable performances. The four artistes were the right fit to close off a week of inspiring youths through sports, music and dance, as their primary listeners on Spotify are 18-24 years olds.
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