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Burna Boy, Justin Beiber among artistes who united East Africans in 2022

By Winnie Mabel December 22nd, 2022 2 min read

Spotify recently released its Wrapped 2022 data which analyzed how several artistes and songs united Kenyans, Ugandans and Tanzanians as they had the same taste.

Top on the list was Burna Boy who was the top streamed artiset in Uganda. He came second in Kenya and Tanzania besides being the top streamed artist in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Nigerian is currently enjoying musical success with his new album, Love Damini.

American superstar singer Drake was top in Kenya and second and third placed in Uganda and Tanzania respectively where Burna Boy and Diamond beat him to the two spots.

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Fireboy DML, born Adedamola Adefolahan, of the hit song Peru in which he featured British singer Ed Sheeran took position three in the Wrapped 2022 rankings.

He released his Playboy album in August 2022 and is the third most streamed artiste in Uganda, seventh in Tanzania and eighth in Kenya.

Canadian superstar singer, Justin Bieber came in position four and is the final artiste among the most streamed in East Africa. He was the only artiste on the list without a recent album release in 2022 but ranked fifth in Uganda, eighth in Tanzania and tenth in Kenya.

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Spotify also analyzed the top songs that united East Africans and once again, Burna Boy topped the list with his biggest hit of the year, Last Last, which sampled American superstar songstress Toni Braxton’s He Wasn’t Man Enough For Me single that was released in 2000.

Last Last was number in Kenya, second in Uganda and Fourth in Tanzania.

Pheelz’ Finesse featuring BNXN and Buju made it to number one in Uganda, three in Kenya and eight in Tanzania.

Rema’s Calm Down released in February 2022 made it to number three among the most streamed songs in East Africa. It ranked in position one in Tanzania, two in Kenya and three in Uganda.

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Additionally, Oxlade’s KU LO SA- A Colors Show made it to position four, propelled by the KU LO SA social media challenge that made the song go viral. It ranked in position four in Uganda and Kenya; and fifth in Tanzania.

Overloading by Mavins made it to position five of the most streamed songs in East Africa; and ranked in position six in Uganda and Tanzania’ and position eight in Kenya.

Finally, the top albums played in East Africa were Burna Boy’s Love, Damini, Arya Starr’s 19& Dangerous, Rema’s Rave & Roses, Omah Lay’s Boy Alone and Ed Sheeran whom Spotify found that his album ranked third in Tanzania, fourth in Kenya and fifth in Tanzania.

The above data was analyzed from Spotify’s 456 million monthly active users and the over 82 million songs in the catalogue. So far, over 4 billion playlists have been made on the streaming site across 180 markets in the world.

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