Dar es Salaam, 30 April 2021: While the eyes and ears of the world are currently focused on Africa, Apple Music is celebrating Africa Month this May with a campaign with the motto of Unity and solidarity message.
The campaign also highlights a new generation of African artists who are changing the story in the music industry at home and abroad.
The campaign includes a special Union playlist for Africa Month featuring some of the best collaborative songs on the continent, including music from Focalistic and Davido, Naira Marley and Busiswa, Gyakie featuring Omah Lay and AKA featuring Burna Boy.
Also included are 12 foreign and specific playlists from artists including Omah Lay (Nigeria), Manu Worldstar (Democratic Republic of the Congo / South Africa), Tems (Nigeria) and Amaarae (Ghana), all of whom have been involved in Apple Music’s illuminating emerging artists, Africa Rising.
Representing the Portuguese-speaking African countries (Lusophone) are Nenny (Cape Verde) and Calema (São Tomé and Príncipe), from East Africa are Zuchu (Tanzania) and Nviiri The Storyteller (Kenya), to the French-speaking African countries (Francophone) we have Suspect 95 (Ivory Coast) and Tayc (Cameroon), and finally representing Southern African countries, we have Focalistic (South Africa) and BET Sha Sha (Zimbabwe) award winner.
These playlists are composed of songs that make artists proud to be African, or that have changed the face of African music.
Africa Month will also be supported through Apple Music Radio. Africa Now Radio and Cuppy will be hosting a special Africa Month for ‘Unity’ on Sunday May 30 to celebrate the centenary of the show and pay tribute to some of the best collaboration songs on the continent.
On Apple Music 1’s Ebro Show, Ebro will interview a guest from different regions each week to talk about their special playlist for Africa Month as well as a weekly Motivation Mix from the famous African Madj playing the best songs. of Amapiano, Afrobeats and others.
Nadeska will also feature the budding artist of the week in his weekly Africa Rising feature in May.
The artists involved had this to say about these playlists:
“I chose these songs because they represent the growth of Afrobeats over the years, showing how different the rhythms of this rhythm are. I planned this playlist to show the mix in sound and each song has its own tragedy of its contribution to Afrobeats, ”Omah Lay told Apple Music.
“Those songs transport me at different times in my life and remind me of how music can take you back somewhere and emotion.” – Tems
“What I love most about these songs is their African meanings. There is a rhythm and power about Africa that is best explained through our music. I would like everyone to understand these songs that reflect our strength and beauty as Africans. The African Moon represents what I stand for and listen to every day while I am resting, enjoying or relaxing. I really like to distribute my playlist to anyone and the African month is the best time to do that because African music speaks to me. I hope this will speak to you as well. ” – Sha Sha
“These songs make me proud to be an African. The talented and authentic designers from these African artists make me proud and certainly Africa to the world is an important strategy. I look forward to seeing the African Group conquer the world and culturally spread for generations! EXCELLENT MY DEPARTMENT! ” – Focalistic
“Yesterday’s songs gave us what we are today. This collection of songs spans political-inspired rhythms, ancient beats and poems of the 70’s, simple romantic metaphors and hybrid production of R&B / Hiphop mid-west to late 90’s highlife with hip life and then an Afrobeats the 2010 years that paved the way for new African music. These songs are because I am me and you are you. We have lived with them all our lives through our parents, friends and loved ones. Today we celebrate the artists who made these times possible. ” – Amaarae
“We get a variety of rhythms of my native Cape Verde music such as Funana and Morna. And also other African flavors like Souk and Gqom that have been giving me company. When I listened to this playlist I would have chosen nothing but to be African. ” – Nenny
“Music has always been the voice of all of us – uniting, uplifting and entertaining for generations. It has become an endless tool used to tell our untold stories.” – Two The Storyteller
“These are my favorite songs of all time because they inspire me to write songs that will live on for generations.” – Zuchu
“This playlist is what I interpret as New Africa. A vibrant Africa. These songs have not only inspired me but also built me into the artist I am today.” – Manu Worldstar
“We have chosen these songs for our playlist mainly because they represent our childhood, growing up as young people on our journey back home to Africa. Our souls and African origins are what made us what we are in the creativity we have in music. Everything we sing is a reflection from the journey of growth. Our culture Lusophone is rich from the rhythms of Cape Verde, Kizomba of Angola, Semba, to Guiné Bissau, Mozambique and not to mention our home in São Tomé. ” – Calema
“Let Afrolov spread.” – Tayc
“African music today has a prominent place in the world industry and we are proud of them and this is just the beginning – Suspect 95
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For a limited time, new Apple Music customers on iOS and Android in Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Cameroon and Zambia can enjoy all the best free content for 6 months on Apple Music via the Shazam app. Returning customers get 3 months free on Apple Music.
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