Fakaza is an illegal South African music download website. Fakaza.com was founded in September 2016 following the exponential growth of South African music globally. Fakaza Music Download site uploads latest MP3 songs from South African musicians across all genres including Gospel, Kwaito, Hip-Hop, Amapiano, Gqom, Afro House music and many more.
Fakaza 2020 – Illegal Music Download Site
Music piracy in South Africa is a more complex problem, however, it continues to grow in South Africa. According to the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), it is illegal to copy, share, download or transmit music and it’s a huge concern for the South African music industry. Pirated music can shared, transmitted or sold online or physically.
South Africa is supposedly one of the biggest online piracy markets since many South Africans illegally download free Mp3 music. Several free Mp3 sites are devoted to the unauthorized downloading and distribution of copyrighted music.
Since 2013, SAMRO, has been educating the public on the dangers of music piracy. There are many severe laws and regulations to curb music piracy with harsh punishments, yet, every day, people still visit and download music illegally. Here is a look at Fakaza.com, which is an infamous website to download pirated Mp3 music.
Fakaza is infamous for publishing latest free Mp3 music downloads illegally. The website was founded in 2016 and has become the most popular Mp3 song download website in South Africa. The site has also enabled upcoming artists to upload their own songs into the website.
In 2020, Fakaza has become one of most talked about websites in South Africa.
Other Illegal Music Websites like Fakaza Download
FakazaHub.com, Fakaza.me, Fakaza2018.com, Mp3music.co.za, Hiphopza.com, Zamusic.org, Hitvibes.com, Flexyjam.net, Afrobeat.co.za
Any Criminal Charges Faced by Fakaza
So far, many South African musicians including DJ Tira, have asked fans to boycott the site over piracy claims.
According to T-Lee Moiloa, director of Bridge Entertainment, an event management, brand activations and talent agency, there are numerous legal cases against Fakaza. He has also called on the advertising and marketing industry to boycott piracy site. This call to action is being supported by the likes of musicians, talent management, labels and music organisations.
Songs / Albums Leaked by Fakaza
The website is infamous for leaking a number of songs and albums in South Africa on their website. The most recent leaks that had been added to the website were rapper Cassper Nyovest’s new album ‘Any Minute Now’ ahead of its release. The music download website was slammed on social media by artists like DJ Tira, Lvovo and Shimza after Cassper album ‘leak’.
Fukkkkkk Fakaza for stealing our music
— 21 Years of Dj Tira (@DJTira) September 10, 2020
The owner of FAKAZA website is a thief,
Artists spend money & time, recording, marketing & distributing their music to stores.
What he’s doing is wrong, piracy is piracy let’s not justify it. 😷
— Hermaine M (@HermaineM) March 20, 2018
How Popular is Fakaza.com
According to Alexa.com, a website that provides statistics on websites across various categories, Fakaza.com has a Global Alexa Rank of 3,043 in global internet traffic and engagement. This rank is based on traffic data collected by Alexa.com across a large number of web users throughout the world. According to Alexa.com, the popularity of Fakaza.com has decreased over the last 90 days as its Global Alexa Rank changed from 2,985 to 3,043. Moreover, Alexa.com indicates that 4.8 pages on this site are browsed daily per user with daily time spent on the site being 6:59 minutes.
Worldwide Google Trends analysis of Fakaza’ search interest for the past 12 months
What is the estimated worth of Fakaza.com
According to WorthofWeb.com, a website that provides details on the worth of websites, Fakaza.com has an estimated worth of US $74,500,000. This estimated worth is based on WorthofWeb.com’s approximation of the revenue of a website based on its public traffic and ranking data, including data from Alexa.com. Also, according to WorthofWeb.com, Fakaza.com not only affects the music business by distributing pirated music but is also estimated to make a revenue of US$7,866,720 annually through an estimated 524,520,000 visits per year of people who browse approximately 2,622,440,520 pages per year.
Disclaimer – Quick Read Magazine does not aim to promote or condone piracy in any way. Piracy is an act of crime. In South Africa, under the Copyright Act of 1978, criminal copyright infringement can land offenders in jail for up to five years and result in a fine of up to R10,000. This article aims to inform the general public about piracy and encourage them to be safe from such acts. We further request you not to encourage or engage in piracy in any form.
Image Courtesy: Fakaza Gospel