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How Fakaza Now Means “Free Mp3 Download” In South Africa

Music piracy has always been a popular and serious issue in South Africa since the emergence of technology that enables people to copy music. First, music was pirated by making copies on audio cassettes, then it became physical CDs and then the internet became a thing. We will not be talking much about music piracy today but something very similar.

We are touching on how the name of the most popular music download website in South Africa has become the ultimate word when people talk about download.

Launched in late 2016, fakaza.com is a website that basically upload new South African music for free download, but before Fakaza, there has been countless free music download websites in South Africa but none has been big enough to become one of the country’s top websites. The practice that gave Fakaza an hedge was the website ability to publish songs even before they were released. people looking for free download would visit the website to download songs because they know they have a chance to access musical contents that has not been officially released which is a bonus for them.

Free music download is also very popular in South Africa. Record labels like Ambitiouz Entertainment, Blaqboy Music and more officially released some songs for free download through another popular free download website known as datafilehost but that is now a thing of the past, there are now countless platforms to choose from in terms of music distribution.

Remember we did not have the popular streaming services we have in South Africa today, It was just two years ago that some of the major streaming services started investing into South African music market due to the huge mark some of the artists have made internationally.

But before then, music artists struggled to find music platforms that would give them a good return for their arts, some would release their music for free just to more exposure while also distrubuting on the paid streaming services available at the time. There has been speculations that Fakaza is owned by DJ Maphorisa just simply because he shared links to the website on his social media platforms, but no prove to sustain the speculations. Fakaza runs fully on Whois privacy protection which means it is very hard to know is behind the website.

Fakaza Whois Protected

We have seen artists take to social media to express their anger whenever their song is illegally uploaded for free download on Fakaza, but some of these artists will also share links to the website for their song to be downloaded for free whenever they have a new song out, and those practices got the website even more popular with the free publicities.

An artist under DJ Tira’s own record label even released a song and titled it Fakaza.

Some have advised that the owner of Fakaza be sued and website shut down but does that really solve the issue? There are lots of free illegal downloads going on that we are no aware of, there are thousands of tools online such as Torrents, YouTube to Mp3, Soundcloud downloader, Audiomack downloader and many more that people can basically use when websites like Fakaza shuts down. Artists that depends on free music download websites to get their music out there will also suffer. Artist as big as Cassper Nyovest once supported the notion of downloading music from Fakaza because he acknowledged the fact that paid downloads and streaming services are just not affordable for some.

Some free downloads are illegal because they are not authorized by the artist or record label representing the artist but some are 100% legal because they have been released solely for free download, that is how some give fans full access to their music. Some of the big artists we have today started off releasing their songs for free download because it was and still one of the ways for artists looking for exposure to breakthrough. We have seen artists with zero exposure become some of the biggest artists in the country, thanks to free download websites.

We still see some artists release free music download till date, both upcoming and established and they do it in a very large scale which makes free download even more popular in South Africa. But the website that take the lead till date is Fakaza, although gradually becoming unpopular as new website springs up on a regular basis and there are new website that does exactly the things that gave Fakaza an hedge, which is to illegally publishing music before release.

Regardless of  the state of Fakaza today, the website made a big mark, so big that the word which originally means “testify” is now used as “download”. see the image below for an estimated search volume for Fakaza in South Africa compared to United states for example. You can see from the image below that the word “Fakaza” is used on search engines almost 680,000 monthly, when we dig further, we found out that the word is used combined with either artists names. genres, albums, songs or other musical content, we found out that the word is used in combination with other words almost 1,000,000 Times  monthly.

We did some keywords research and found out how South Africans use Fakaza instead of download or together with the word download and mp3, they ususally combine these words with artist name, genre, album and other musical content which by just marely looking at the use, one can see that the word Fakaza means download to many,  Here are a few words that people use when searching for free music download in South Africa:

No Keyword Search Volume
1 fakaza 673000
2 fakaza com 135000
3 fakaza music 33100
4 fakaza download 9900
5 fakaza mp3 download 8100
6 fakazahub 6600
7 fakaza gospel 6600
8 fakaza gqom 6600
9 fakaza house music mp3 download 5400
10 fakaza albums 5400
11 fakaza latest songs 5400
12 fakaza hip hop 4400
13 fakaza songs 4400
14 fakaza 2019 3600
15 fakaza new songs 2020 2900
16 fakaza com 2020 2400
17 fakaza house music 1900
18 fakaza maskandi 1600
19 fakaza com music 1600
20 fakaza gospel music 1600
21 fakaza 2018 1300
22 fakaza deep 1300
23 fakaza gospel mp3 download 1000
24 fakaza upload 1000
25 fakaza naija music download 880
26 fakaza news 880
27 fakaza instrumental beats 880
28 fakaza wap 880
29 fakaza king monada 720
30 fakaza maskandi music download 720
31 fakaza vigro deep 590
32 fakaza sesotho music 590
33 fakaza gospel dumi mkokstad 590
34 fakaza videos 480
35 fakaza audio 480
36 fakaza makhadzi 480
37 fakaza sjava 390
38 fakaza free mp3 download 390
39 fakaza blaq diamond 390
40 fakaza app 390
41 fakaza music videos 390
42 fakaza web 320
43 fakaza music upload 320
44 fakaza international music 320
45 fakaza movies 320
46 fakaza gqom mix 260
47 fakaza zion music 260
48 fakaza r&b 260
49 fakaza jazz 260
50 fakaza emtee 210
51 fakaza hip hop beats 210
52 fakaza app download 210
53 fakaza 2020 songs download 210
54 fakaza kwesta 210
55 fakaza me 170
56 fakaza dj tira 170
57 fakaza latest house music 170
58 fakaza music gospel 170
59 fakaza org 170
60 fakaza registration 140
61 fakaza old school house music 140
62 fakaza gospel babo 140
63 fakaza afro pop 140
64 fakaza sa hip hop 140
65 fakaza venda music 140
66 fakaza prince kaybee 110
67 fakaza dumi mkokstad 110
68 fakaza zamusic 110
69 fakaza gqom mix 2019 download 110
70 fakaza usa 110
71 fakaza reggae mixtapes 110
72 fakaza big zulu 110
73 fakaza gospel 2020 download 110
74 fakaza dj maphorisa 110
75 fakaza black coffee 90
76 fakaza professor 90
77 fakaza black motion 90
78 fakaza latest songs 2020 download 90
79 fakaza vusi nova 90
80 fakaza tns 90
81 fakaza beats download 90
82 fakaza facebook 90
83 fakaza top 10 70
84 fakaza the soil 70
85 fakaza whatsapp group 70
86 fakaza thina zungu 70
87 fakaza mp4 70
88 fakaza sign up 70
89 fakaza albums 2020 download 70
90 fakaza lebo sekgobela 50
91 fakaza trending songs 50
92 fakaza jazzidisciples 50
93 fakaza chris brown 50
94 fakaza soul music 50
95 fakaza ringo madlingozi 50
96 fakaza reggae 50
97 fakaza usa hip hop 40
98 fakaza 2020 music download mp3 40
99 fakaza zonke 30
100 fakaza okmalumkoolkat 30
TOTAL 941970

Because the word is widely used, we have seen many websites launch with the name Fakaza in them.

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