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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ALGHALIB: THE RISING NIGERIAN SENSATION

1) Give us a description that best describes you.

I’m basically a super-dupa passionate musician. I love my craft and take my time with it. I’m a top energetic performer. I’m Always messing around (haha I play too much). I love making people happy and I love my Gyal dem! Lol but most importantly, I love making music and that’s what gives me the most joy.

2) How long have you been an artiste?

Well damn to be honest I would say for about 8 years now, even though i just took it to like the next level this past 2 years or thereabout, but yeah, it’s around that time.

3) How would you describe the Nigerian Music industry?

I would say still very much developing, even though we currently have arguably the most prominent music industry in Africa due to the amount of exports we have, with the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, Tekno, Runtown, Mr Eazi and so on who can be referred to as international acts. However, we still have a lot more to improve on in terms of structure, things like royalties, revenue distribution, streaming services and so on.

4) What Nigerian artist inspires you the most and can you list your top 5 African Artists?

4. Wizkid, just because he has broken almost every barrier in African music there is to break and is making history. My top 5 would be Wizkid, AKA, Davido, Burna Boy & Nasty C

5) Are you familiar with the Zambian music industry?

Yes a bit, I’ve always been interested in the Zambian market because my vision isn’t just to be a Nigerian superstar, I also see myself as an African superstar so wherever I go as much as I’m representing Nigeria, I’m representing Zambia and other African countries as well. I also listen to Zed hip hop mostly and sometimes Zed beats because the sound is somehow infectious and it’s almost similar with afro-beat in a way so I can very much relate. I’m looking forward to performing in Zambia soon, maybe one of these days I’ll be billed to perform at the R&G Oktoberfest, if it still holds or be nominated at the Kwacha Music Awards haha. That would be lovely.

6) Would you be interested in collaborating with Zambian artists?

Yes of course, I’ve listened to the likes of Jay Roxx, Ruff Kid, Cleo ice queen, Bobby East, Chef 187, Muzo, Roberto, Rich Bizzy and so many more and I love their music. I would also like to work with some of the producers who I’ve heard some of their works like Raydo, Killa Beats, TK, Ben Blazer, DJ Mzenga Man and so on because I know we’ll create magic! Haha.

7) where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In the next 5 years I hope to have taken my career to an international level and create a platform for other upcoming artistes to grow. Having multi platinum records, I also see myself touring the world, and performing at gigs like coachella, the made in America festival, Wireless, headlining my own show at the O2 Arena in UK and just pushing the culture forward and representing for Africa big time. And I believe I will achieve this by Gods grace.

8) You headlined a concert where Skepta and Wizkid have performed. Can you describe that feeling?

I headlined my own concert – The GHALIBONAWAVE Live Experince at the same venue Skepta and Wizkid held the BBK homecoming concert just two months ago. Mine was like a week before though, but then I found out they did their show after mine and that just gave me some sort of encouragement and moral boost because it just made me feel like I could achieve whatever goal I set for myself. If I could hold a successful concert with no sponsorship, no label, no commercial funds, just myself and my team putting everything together at the same place my idols did, then the sky is my limit. And I’m gonna reach it.

9) What is your dream venue for you to perform?

My dream venue would be either the O2 Arena in UK or maybe Wembley stadium. But I think i would go with the O2 arena.

10) Do you think the Nigerian music industry is the best in Africa presently?

Honestly, No. I would say it’s the South African music industry because they have a more structured industry whereby their royalty system and Music distribution system works better, as well as the quality of the music and music videos they produce as well. Not to forget the quality of their performances, take for example the Cassper Nyovest Up concerts, they were crazy! And so many other music festivals over there that I watch. So yeah you can tell their industry is very much developed. Nigeria is still growing though and we are doing very well for ourselves, we usually have the highest music revenue earnings each year and we invest a lot in our music as well, so I guess it’s just a matter of time before we become a force to be reckoned with.

11) Which international artists would you want to collaborate with?

I would love to work with ASAP Rocky, Chris Brown, DVSN, 6lack, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, Emeli Sande and so many other people, the list is endless.

12) What are some of the challenges you face as a Nigerian Artiste?

I would say promotion. It’s very hard to promote your songs to the level you desire due to what is popularly referred to as the payola system which requires a lot of funds. It’s very difficult (though not impossible) for you to get airplay, blog features, etc without having money. Talent can only take you so far, money and connections are really the most important factor, especially for someone like me who isn’t signed to any major label, I invest my own funds into my music because I’m signed to my own label, so I’m in charge of all expenses.

13) Wizkid or Davido?

Hahaha I really can’t choose one over the other. I love them both in different ways and for different reason. It’s hard for me to choose. Even though I might be more inclined to choose Davido because I know him personally and we talk, he’s like a big brother and mentor to me and I appreciate him a lot. But both of them are Legends and I love them.

14) Lastly, what would you be your words to Zambian artists?

I would say have a vision, stay focused, and keep grinding! We are all one at the end of the day. We are doing this for Africa. Let’s all just work together to push the culture forward and make as much impact as we can with little amount of time we have on this earth.

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Alghalib is set to have a tour in Zambia this year and all Zambian musicians who could like to do collaboration are free to contact me. His EP is set for June. YOU CAN LISTEN TO ALGHALIB’S MUSIC here .

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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