Debut episode features a conversation with Nigerian producer Kiddominant and South African actress and television personality Pearl Thusi.
Apple Music has announced its new show Africa Now Radio with Cuppy, hosted by the Nigerian-born DJ and curator.
Africa Now Radio with Cuppy, based on the recently launched Africa Now playlist will showcase the latest African sounds, be it Amapiano, Afrobeats, Highlife, Alte, House, Hip-hop, Afrobongo, or Auduro.
Listeners will hear the latest and greatest African artists and new forms of African popular music which fuse traditional and contemporary sensibilities, morphing into hybridized sonic fragments connecting all corners of Africa.
“With a DJ background, I’m excited not only to play music but showcase the vast array of talented artists cultivating the music scene on the continent!” said Apple Music host Cuppy.
“There are so many rich textures and sounds in Africa and the time is now for the world to embrace our diversity. Each and every week I’ll be bringing a dynamic guide to discovering and celebrating the biggest and best sounds from across Africa, the Motherland. It will be entertainment at its best, Cuppy style!”
Cuppy was born in Lagos as Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola in 1992. Moving to London at 13, while attending school, Cuppy’s parents gifted her an iPod which she filled with Nigerian music so she could always keep a part of home. Falling in love with music, she taught herself how to DJ at 16.
She has been chasing her calling ever since. She does this on the decks as a DJ, in boardrooms as a music businesswoman and even behind the mic as a producer and vocalist.
On the debut episode, Nigerian Producer Kiddominant – known for producing African hits such as Davido’s“Fall” and AKA’s “Fela In Versace” – joins Cuppy via FaceTime.
He tells Apple Music about his new single ‘eWallet’ featuring South African superstar rapper Cassper Nyovest and taken from his forthcoming debut album due for release in the second half of 2020.
South African actress and ‘Queen Sono’ lead character Pearl Thusi calls in to share her favorite African proverb and current favorite African song.
Burna Boy said: “Apple Music is a huge support system for ensuring African music reaches as many ears as possible all over the globe! As an Apple Music Up Next artist the impact of that honour is still being felt today! So more grease to them! They’re family now, always love.”
Cuppy plays the best and hottest African music throughout the show and finishes off with a personalized 10-minute DJ mix of tracks from the Africa Now playlist.
Africa Now Radio with Cuppy airs weekly on Sundays. Listen to the first episode on Sunday, May 31st at 3pm SA / 2pm Nigeria / 4pm Kenya only on Apple Music.
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