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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Scorpion Kings x Tresor, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, and Ifan Michael’s Favourite African Proverb! 

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday, April 4th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1.

Congolese-South African singer, songwriter and producer Tresor and South African amapiano pioneers Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa—a.k.a Scorpion Kings—are this week’s cover stars, and join Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about their latest album project called Rumble In The Jungle. Tresor also discusses the creative direction for the “Folasade” music video, and how he drew on the many sounds and languages of the continent while writing for the supergroup’s latest release.

The Big 5

Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Nelson Freitas feat. Dino d’Santiago & Rony Fuego; Dangbana Republik & Bella Shmurda; Angelique Kidjo feat. Yemi Alade; DBN Gogo, Blaqnick & MasterBlaq feat. Mpura, AmaAvenger & M.J; and Jullian Gomes feat. Jinadu.

Africa Rising 
Ghanaian drill poster boy Yaw Tog is the latest Africa Rising cover star, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars.

Proverb of the Week 
Award-winning Nigerian film director Ifan Michael shares his favourite words of wisdom: “They tried to kill us, but they didn’t know we were seeds”––celebrating our ability to overcome any obstacle.

Mini Mix
Cuppy finishes this week’s show with a special mini-mix of Apple Music’s hot-in-Nigeria playlist, Naija Hits. This week’s mix includes music from Teni; CKay feat. Amaarae; Peruzzi & Davido; Brainee feat. Oxlade; and Ruger.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, April 4th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at

Tresor on filming the video for “Folasade”

The video shoot was amazing. So I co-directed the video and did the creative vision for the video. I want to get across a really this bold and apologetic energy. Overall, we had such a great team. It was very co-operative. Everything was shot literally in one day and we edited everything within two weeks. So it was a really great process.

Tresor on the different languages on the upcoming album ‘Rumble In The Jungle’

With this particular album, we really went personally as a writer, I went back to the source. I got to really dig deep in sound from all over the continent, and got sing in Swahili, I got to sing in Lingala, and got to really bring in a bit of Zulu South African language and a bit of French because I speak French.

Tresor on making music without borders

The fusion of the whole album was so perfect because we really got to blend our cultures and getting to really make music without having seen both. Especially for me, the album is really a great picture of sonic identity and unity on one project. And I’m really, really excited to be able to share that because we really got to make music without having any boundaries and borders whatsoever.

Tresor on working with DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small

I think the craziest story I’m telling is, you know I’ve known [DJ] Maphorisa for a very long time. We met two, three years ago. We travelled two hours out of town. He started playing me some crazy, crazy sound. And that’s how I started to really vibe from amapiano. Last year, just at the beginning of lockdown, he got in touch because we did a campaign together and just said, “Man, I love what you’re doing. I think let’s do an album.” From within two, three weeks, we had most of the songs done.

Ifan Michael’s proverb

There was this that I love so much, and that had been my motto. It’s something I always just say to myself and it keeps me going, which is, “They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.”

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