Piki Piki Dethrones Lituation: Top 10 Best Performing 2018 Zambian Music Videos on Youtube.

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It is a pretty rare sight to find an article like this one. Most of the times bloggers have bashing or controversial headlines about the Zambian Music industry and mostly for clout. This leaves progression buried and uncelebrated. Also, most often, nobody is willing to do the work of the Central Statistics Office ‘pro bono’ and as a result  a lot of interesting occurrences remain in thick shadows.

So hello everyone and welcome to Aquila Speaks. I may not be a big deal right now, but I have been in this business for over 6 years now. I am so passionate about my country, Zambia and its evolution. I pray to God that I can one day substantially contribute to the progression of our nation in the near future.

I am also really interested in numbers, I don’t think there is a month that goes by without googling someone’s net worth, a country’s GDP, capital of companies etc. I also pay particular attention to the number of streams/views of songs and videos on Platforms like YouTube and of course today I present to you the Top 10 best performing Zambian Music videos from 2018. To those that remember, I recently did a thread on twitter about the same and I decided to do a blog post. Please note that the bench mark date is as of today March 11 2019. So here we go:

  1. Afunika – [ PIKI-PIKI SKIRT ]

    On February 8th 2019, I did a thread on twitter and you will remember that Piki Piki came in second to Lituation. However, the growth rate of Piki Piki Skirt’s YouTube views has been so amazing that today it is number one. On the 8th, the video had 355K views and As of today, the Video is set to cross over to 600k in only 3 months.  During this period we see a growth rate of 68%. I can smell a Million views by the year end and if it does, this is a milestone that deserves an award. Congratulations Afunika.

  2. Lituation- Slapdee ft Patoranking and Daev

    This is one of the most beautiful and best directed videos  to come from 2018.  It is also one of the Top 3 songs from 2018, no doubt, depending on the judge. Slap Dee delivers appearances from Patoranking himself.  When initially posted, the video enjoyed a  robust growth rate of views and shot to half a million views in less than 6 months. It stands at 508K views as of today and keeps growing. I hope to see it hit a Million Views soon.

  3. Finally- Yo Maps ft Macky 2

    The video is featured on two channels; PICKWAP TV and ZMB (Zambian Music Blog). I will, however, go with the one on ZMB, which is a more official platform. On the 8th this video had 323K views and today has 481K views. The video boasts of a 49% growth rate during this time period. The video has done really great given that it has only been on YouTube less than 3 months

  4. Umpatefye- T-Sean

    Standing at 364,854 views today, the video stands reflects a growth rate of 17% since the 8th of February. It dethrones Macky 2’s Umutima from fourth position.

  5. Umutima Wandi- Macky 2 ft Ephraim & Njamba

    Dropping to number 5, Umutima is a beautiful song  by the Kopala Swag boss that a lot of  Zambian Christians can jam to, I mean Macky 2 brings you Ephraim and Njamba‘s verse is really great. It stands at 356K views today.

  6. Bend down-Rich Bizzy ft Dj Cent

    This video has performed incredibly. It has  exhibited a growth rate of 52% since the eighth of February. Today it has 312K views.

  7. EFFORT- DRIMZ ft YO MAPS

    This is definitely one of the best songs to come from 2018. Shout out to Drimz for this one. Evidently, the video is performing really well on YouTube. Stood at 180K on the 8th of February and 267K as of today.

  8. TENGA- KALADOSHAS

    This is as well one of most beautiful and well directed videos from last year, but knowing Kaladoshas’ repetior, this was expected. On the 8th of February, the video stood at 167K and today stands at 218K, proving that people are really still enjoying the hit.

  9. WALITWISHIBA IFWE- TOKOTA BOYS & 408 EMPIRE

    Of course the new school wave players feature at number 9. Their video stands just below Kaladoshas with 212K, moving from 188K as of 8th February. 408 empire have hit the airwaves and given the country a new contagious vibe that everyone seems to be enjoying.

  10. Burna Ft Jemax & Y Celeb FWEDEDE Dance

    One of the most happening songs in Copperbelt and many Parts of Zambia. The video stands at 169K views as of today. It reflects a growth rate of 48% since February 8th. The song is still spreading.

Conclusion!!!!
Growth rate of views is accelerating at a healthy speed over the years. With investments in diligent marketing, hit songs will be able to reach over 700K to 1M views in 6 months or less. The future of Zambian music is brighter than ever before.  It is also important to note that some relatively neat videos are being delivered, I still hope more investments can be made into the industry so much better videos are produced. I still feel Thought of you by Mic Burner is still  the best Zambian music video till date. I urge Zambians to be supporters of the local industry as opposed to always enjoying what is outside more. There is so much Talent is Zambia and before you know it some one outside will steal our dances and make them popular to the world. So it is upon the people in charge of the industry to set policies that will ensure that the train keeps moving forward. Lastly I note the lack of female presence  on the lists, hopefully this year we  get to see more of them

You can see the twitter thread of 8th February, Here

Also I have created a YouTube Playlist for these videos, so simply click here to view them.

 

Thank you all for reading.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel here here follow me on twitter here. God bless.

Disclaimer: Some Statistics may not be accurate(no body’s perfect), but all in all, I have really tried my very best to deliver what I can obtain as per what YouTube shows as of today and 8th February 2019.

 

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SWISH – THE FACE OF FUTURE ZAMBIAN MUSIC?

Meet the rising star of a rapper hailing from Lusaka, he is the pride of Avondale. Enjoy the Exclusive interview with Swish.


 

AquilaSpeaks: Briefly describe yourself

Swish: I am a down to earth guy, crazy, funny and creative.

AquilaSpeaks: Where did you grow up?

Swish: I grew up in Avondale, Lusaka, Zambia.

AquilaSpeaks: What inspired you to become a musician?

Swish: I used to watch a lot of Channel O as a kid at age 9 and fell in love with the versatile styles of the late 2Pac, LL Cool J, Missy Elliot and got amazed how music can be used as a tool to inspire people.

AquilaSpeaks: What do you think of Zambian music presently?

Swish: Zambian music is growing vastly, the audio and visual quality has really improved.

AquilaSpeaks: Musically, what are your biggest influences and who are your favorite musicians?

Swish: My biggest influence is the late 2Pac. My favorite musicians are Nas, Kendrick Lamar and T.I.

AquilaSpeaks: What are some of the challenges you are facing as a Zambian musician?

Swish: Lack of airplay on some local radio stations.

AquilaSpeaks: You once had an interview with Trace, your music video has received some air play on Channel O. How did this make you feel?

Swish: It was a great feeling having my music playlisted on an international channel….it encouraged me to never give up, no matter what.

AquilaSpeaks: What is your vision as an artist?

Swish: To become internationally recognized and be affiliated to a wider platform that will help me encourage the youth to never give up on their dreams because I believe that if my dreams can come true, so can theirs.

AquilaSpeaks: What is your advice to fellow Zambian musicians?

Swish: Learn to be supportive of each other’s craft in the industry because at the end of the day, it’s collaboration that is the key to success, not competition.

AquilaSpeaks :Finally, What would be your dream venue ANYWHERE in the world to perform at?

Swish: At the Grammy Awards.


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Macky 2- Slap D:Kings of Zambian Hip-Hop or Kings of Zambian Music?

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First of all, compliments of the season, friends and Merry Christmas to all of you that are celebrating Christmas. Secondly, I want to talk about what I will call the funniest and most unnecessary entertainment show of this year. Yes you are right, I am talking about yesterday’s Macky and Slap show.

Oh no don’t perceive me wrong, I will be happy to be labeled a critic rather than a hater, because in truth, I appreciate the works done by these two artistes, the paths they have cleared for a few artistes and the legends they are. I actually slam their jams almost every week.

Now is Macky 2 a better rapper than Slap? A flat NO from me. Slap is one guy with those lines that will leave you and your friends saying, “hoooooooo”. I think everyone knows Slap is the better rapper and that is one reason I found that show so unnecessary and a waste of time. A strategy to suck funds from fans? Obviously!

I think a fitting title would have been who is the King of Zambian Music, who is the bigger artist, who is the better entertainer? You know?

I also feel the two MCs are overrated when it comes to the Genre. If I was given a chance to present a similar show to Zambia, I would have three artists in mind to vie for the position. I know you already have Chef 187 in mind. Then of course I would add Bobby East and Stevo to the list. The fire that these three dragons spit is enough hell for the game. It is just in people’s minds that Macky 2 and Slap are heavy weights, but in all fairness we have overlooked artistes that probably overtook these two dudes.

You just won’t allow Bobby East on your song or he will go ‘Kendrick Control’ on you. Stevo will decapitate or cremate, Chefy, ahhhh you already know.

Lol Okay, too much about these dudes, but my point is yes Slap and Macky 2 are big, but none of them is the king of Zed Hip-hop, maybe in the past, but not anymore. We should not confuse having myriads of fans behind someone as a prerequisite for the best rapper. That’s just like saying,in RnB,that Justin Bieber is a better singer than Chris Brown. We should evaluate what exactly defines a top MC.

Shout out Camster, Kritic, Tonny Grammz, Tiye P, Swish, Dope G, Cleo Ice Queen, and a lot more others that keep bringing the fire, but are somehow under-appreciated.

Wish you all a prosperous 2016, be safe and look forward to great works coming from our talents next year.