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Tyler ICU puts Amapiano on a global stage at the EMAs with Mnike

October 9, 2023

Tyler ICU debuts at the 2023 MTV Europe Music Awards

Tyler ICU has made his EMA debut! He joins the likes of alongside Asake, Libianca, Burna Boy and Diamond Platnumz. As one of Africa’s most recognisable and successful DJs, he has worked and produced on some of the biggest tracks in South Africa. 

Congratulations Tyler ICU on your EMA nomination for Mnike! Image: Supplied

Mnike: A Global Sensation

Over the years, Tyler ICU continues to fly the South African flag high with his smash hit “Mnike”, featuring DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Ceeka RSA and Tyron Dee. The track has taken the world by storm this year and has been supported by the likes of: 

  • Wizkid
  • Wiz Khalifah  
  • Uncle Waffles

Needless to say the song has gone viral. It has even created a viral dance challenge moment for Amapiano globally.

The track has been averaging over 350k daily streams. Since its release, Mnike is now sitting at: 

  • Over 102 million combined streams worldwide
  • Has garnered over 1.7 million Tik Tok creations 
  • Over 1 billion Tik Tok views

This EMA nomination is a huge moment for Africa, proving that African music is a force to be reckoned with. To think, this is still just the tip of the iceberg with all the potential we house. The 2023 MTV Europe Music Awards celebrate the best music of the year and the biggest artists from around the world. The EMAs have created a platform for artists to be honoured in the best way possible.

Mnike: A global viral sensation

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  • #1 South Africa
  • #1 Botswana
  • #22 Ghana
  • #3 Kenya
  • #1 Swaziland
  • #5 Uganda
  • #1 Zimbabwe

The track has reached #1 in 5 markets and top 5 in 3 more! It is added to key playlists such as Amapiano Lifestyle (27 markets), Mzansi Hits (25 markets) and Africa Now (25 markets).


  1. Peaked at #1 in South Africa, Mozambique
  2. Peaked at #2 in Zambia,
  3. Peaked at #3 in Beijing, China
  4. Peaked at #8 in Tanzania
  5. Peaked at #13 in Ghana
  6. Peaked #31 Worldwide
  7. Peaked at #38 in Portugal

On Spotify the track has been #1 in South Africa for over 15 weeks! The track has been added to African Heat (1.3M followers) in the #3 position, as well a playlists such as We Everywhere, Hot Hits South Africa, Hot Hits Kenya, AMAPIANO groovesAfro Party Anthems and Motive.


  1. Peaked at #1 in South Africa,
  2. Peaked at #1 in Mozambique
  3. Peaked at #2 in Zambia,
  4. Peaked at #3 in Beijing, China
  5. Peaked at #8 in Tanzania
  6. Peaked at #13 in Ghana
  7. Peaked #31 Worldwide
  8. Peaked at #38 in Portugal

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