To round up the year 2018, YouTube released YouTube Rewind – the top trending videos (excluding major labels), music videos and ads on the platform in 2018.
Topping the list of trending videos in South Africa this year is a dance cover of the Gqom smash hit “Nayi le walk” by DJ Maphorisa. Shot by award winning cinematographer, Ofentse Mwase, the video features five dancers (Melita, Thato, Odi, Nomasondo, Anele and Mtho) showcasing their entertaining and eclectic dance interpretation of the popular song and walk.
Since it was uploaded in April 2018, the video has gone viral and garnered more than a whopping 3 million views and 19,000 likes.
Other trending videos in 2018 includes Trevor Noah’s farewell to President Zuma- Bidding Farewell to Jacob Zuma! – a 37-minute long compilation of the comedian’s stand up jokes with Msholozi as the subject, which generated more than 2.6 million views since it was first published in February 2018.
WHO DIED (episode 147) from the Nigerian comedy act, Marc Angel
Top 10 Videos watched in South Africa in 2018, excluding major music labels
1. Ofentse Mwase Films – Nayi Le Walk Dance
2. Trevor Noah – Bidding Farewell To Jacob Zuma! – TREVOR NOAH (compilation from over the years)
3. Marc Angel Comedy – WHO DIED (Episode 147)
4. Ramscomics – Noko Mashaba – Surviving Januworry
5. News24 – WATCH: Game reserve owner hospitalised after being mauled by a lion
6. Economic Freedom Fighters – CIC Julius Malema Full Speech, Winnie Mandela Funeral
7. The River – Rich in Diamonds – The River FULL Episode 1 | 1Magic
8. Owamie Hlongwane – THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED RIP AKHUMZI JEZILE
9. Kylie Jenner – To Our Daughter
10. Ofentse Mwase Films – Club Controller Bhenga Dance ft. Bri Bri, Danger Flex, Superstar Dan
Top 10 Music Videos watched by South Africans in 2018
1. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B
2. Drake – God’s Plan
3. Lil Dicky – Freaky Friday feat. Chris Brown (Official Music Video)
4. Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) [Feat. Cardi B] [Official Video]
5. Drake – Nice For What
6. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left to Cry
7. Childish Gambino – This Is America (Official Video)
8. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (Official Music Video)
9. Mlindo The Vocalist – AmaBlesser ft. DJ Maphorisa
10. Rudimental – These Days feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen [Official Video]