Black Sherif’s “Kwaku the Traveller” Becomes First Ghanaian Song to Surpass 50M Streams on Boomplay
Ghanaian rising star, Black Sherif, has set a new record for a Ghanaian artist on Africa’s most expansive music streaming and download platform, Boomplay – the streaming platform that first discovered to Black Sherif. Sherif’s hit single, “Kwaku the Traveller”, has surpassed 50M streams on Boomplay and becomes the first song by a Ghanaian artist to attain such feat on the Boomplay platform, attesting to the wide African reach of the song.
Black Sherif has been on a phenomenal run since last year when his “First Sermon”, intended to be a freestyle prelude to an upcoming EP went viral and brought him to the limelight of Ghana’s mainstream music scene. Following the “First Sermon” was even a bigger record in “Second Sermon”, and its remix featuring leading Afrobeats and Afro-fusion artiste, Burna Boy, who has taken the collaboration song to many stages across the globe on tour.
Then “Kwaku the Traveller” (KTT) by Black Sherif was released on Friday, 31st March, 2022, to global herald. It became the first Ghanaian song to record a 1M streams on the first day of release on Boomplay. The weekend after its release, the song consistently recorded additional 1M streams per day for close to week to top Boomplay Top 100 Ghana and Nigeria charts in the process and later Boomplay Top 100 Africa chart. By 20th April, 2022, “Kwaku the Traveller” (KTT) had raked in 14.6M streams and on 2nd August, 2022, it clocked 50M streams.
KTT by Black Sherif has also debuted and peaked on other notable music charts including no. 1 on Turntable Top 50 in Nigeria, no. 5 on Billboard Afrobeats US Songs, no.2 on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart and no. 12 Billboard Top Triller Global. It also made notable appearances in charts on other digital streaming platforms including Apple Music and Spotify.