Listeners in Africa can now hear music curated by Afripop’s team of music experts on Apple Music
Global African pop culture site AFRIPOP! joins a group of select curators on Apple Music globally. Apple Music members in Africa can now access regularly updated playlists of music carefully chosen by a team of music tastemakers led by editor Phiona Okumu. A long-standing champion for urban African music on the continent as well as in the UK and the US, AfriPOP! will continue in its music-forward tradition making sure that the best, most relevant and deserving sounds from Africa and the Diaspora get heard worldwide.
Kicking off this partnership, one of the AFRIPOP! launch playlists – The Hottest South African Songs of 2015 so far! – pays homage to South Africa’s urban music scene right now. It will run down a mix of songs that have made an impact this year from the upfront commercial triumphs, through to the holiday heat-seekers primed to reign as the all-important “song for Dezemba”.
Over in the UK, the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards approaching its 20th anniversary has just announced this year’s nominees. It’s a robust list of heavyweights, and among them is a significant number of artists of African descent spotlighted in Ten of the best: MOBO 2015.
In many pockets across Africa an appreciation for dancehall runs deep and is housed in some of the world’s most exciting emerging scenes. Dancehall Nation name checks some of the most popular local champions of the genre today.
Everyone loves a good underdog story, especially in the music industry which isn’t always fair to the most talented artists. They Should Be Bigger! draws attention to those underrated names whose talents merit much louder acclaim.
That’s The Breaks! highlights some of our favourite songs that reference African music.
Music fans will also be able to engage with each other and the channel creators on the AFRIPOP! Apple Music Connect page.
Afripop joins existing curators Pitchfork, Mojo, Q and The Fader to name a few.
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