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YouTube Music Has Hit South Africa and Here's What Everyone's Been Listening To

It’s here! And Premium membership is only R59.99 a month.

We all about the good beats, and we’ve been enjoying listening to all our fave jams on YouTube Music. The streaming service gives fans access to music videos, official albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers and hard-to-find music.

What have South Africans been listening to?

  • Maldwedhe by King Monada reached the top 10 on the YouTube Top Songs charts in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe
  • Sho Madjozi saw a nearly 90% increase in average daily views on YouTube the week following her performance at Global Citizen Festival
  • Black Coffee earned over 30 million views across YouTube in 2018
  • Skeleton Move by Master KG was the 13th most played song in South Africa in 2018
  • Umahlalela by Simmy reached 1 million views in under 90 days and spent 11 straight weeks on the chart, climbing from #74 in its first week to as high as #16
  • It took just six days for Umama by Sjava to reach 500 000 views
  • Bok van Blerk, Joyous Celebration and Snotkop have appeared on YouTube’s South Africa Top Artists chart every week since the chart launched in May 2018
  • Collide by Lady Zamar was the #3 most played song on YouTube in SA in 2018
  • Joyous Celebration was the most played artist on YouTube in SA in 2018
  • Lady Zamar earned over 15 million views across YouTube in 2018

You can join in on the fun with the new ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free, YouTube Music Premium, a paid membership that gives you background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience for R59.99 a month, is also available. Music fans get one month of YouTube Music Premium free here and pay R59.99 per month after, or R89.99 per month for a Family Plan,  while paid Play Music subscribers get YT Music Premium for free.

A cool option is the Smart Search feature. Music lovers can find any song, even if they can’t remember what it’s called. Using descriptions, lyrics and even emojis to find the tracks they want to listen to, Smart Search facilitates most languages, including indigenous South African languages such as isiZulu and isiXhosa.

The new YouTube Music app is available to download from the Play Store and App Store today. Users can also check out the web player at music.youtube.com

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