Cape Town - To round up the year that was, YouTube released YouTube Rewind - the top trending videos, music videos and ads on the platform in 2018.
Topping the list of trending (excluding major labels) videos in South Africa this year is a dance cover of the Gqom smash hit ”iWalk Ye Phara” or “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 3 million views and 19,000 likes.
Comic relief was in high demand this year, with other trending videos in 2018 (excluding major labels) including 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 and Ramscomics’ animated comic series Noko Surviving Januworry episode also featured with the latter generating more than 1 million views.
The shocking News24 video of the game reserve owner who got mauled by a lion in May this year also made the list.
Here are the Top 10 Videos watched in South Africa in 2018, excluding major music labels:
10. Ofentse Mwase Films - Club Controller Bhenga Dance ft. Bri Bri, Danger Flex, Superstar Dan
9. Kylie Jenner - To Our Daughter
8. Owamie Hlongwane - THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED RIP AKHUMZI JEZILE
7. The River - Rich in Diamonds - The River FULL Episode 1 | 1Magic
6. Economic Freedom Fighters - CIC Julius Malema Full Speech, Winnie Mandela Funeral
5. News24 - WATCH: Game reserve owner hospitalised after being mauled by a lion
4. Ramscomics - Noko Mashaba - Surviving Januworry
3. Marc Angel Comedy - WHO DIED (Episode 147)
2. Trevor Noah - Bidding Farewell To Jacob Zuma! - TREVOR NOAH (compilation from over the years)
1. Ofentse Mwase Films - Nayi Le Walk Dance