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Ami Faku is Apple Music’s Favorite Artist of the Month

Ami Faku gets highlighted by Apple Music after releasing her stellar debut album 'Imali.'

South African artist Ami Faku released what we at OkayAfrica consider one of the best South African albums of the year so far. The Joburg-based singer, who's originally from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, released her debut project Imali at the end of September, and fans and fellow musicians haven't stopped singing praises for the artist.


Apple Music recently announced the artist as their favorite artist of the month. The ongoing series aims to highlight "new" artists who the Apple Music team find exciting. Previous South African artists who have been highlighted include Dope Saint Jude, Thandi Ntuli and a few others.

Just like the artists who've been highlighted before, for Ami Faku, the feat comes with placement of editorial support across Apple Music's ecosystem as a "Hero artist" with inclusion on key charts and music playlists.

"Thank you to the Apple Music team for the phenomenal support since the release of my first single, 'Ndikhethe Wena.' It's such an honour to be profiled as the Apple Music New Artist Spotlight for October to coincide with the release of my debut album, Imali," said Ami Faku in a press release.

Ami Faku is one of this year's breakout stars, having scored hits with songs like "Love Drunk," "Ubuhle Bakho," "Ndikhethe Wena" and "Into Ingawe," the latter being a collaboration with house producer Sun-El Musician. For the launch of Imali two weeks ago, Ami Faku went back to her hometown where she performed the album in its entirety for the first time to a sold-out audience at the Boardwalk Amphitheatre in Port Elizabeth.

Stream Imali below and revisit our interview with Ami Faku here.




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Boity and Dee Koala deliver great verses on "Utatakho Remix."

One of the most anticipated songs of the year was the remix to "Utatakho" by Yanga Chief. It's the combination of rappers enlisted on the song and of course the fact that the original is a heater that raised everyone's curiosity.

Riky Rick takes the opening verse, and drops decent bars, but things start taking a different turn from Dee Koala's verse. The Cape Town emcee frolics over the beat, switching flows, aligning her bars perfectly with the instrumental. She shows love to her city and reminds you she's great.

In her verse, Boity opens about her personal issues with her father: "Personally, this is a touchy subject/ 'Cause my dad was live but his presence wasn't/ So my mama was everything daddy wasn't," and goes on to say she holds no grudge towards her father, and refusing to dwell on that, she chooses to be grateful for her present life.

One thing is clear, Boity can rap. Her verse on this remix is seamlessly delivered in both English and Setswana. Every word she utters sounds believable. She has been consistently dope since she released her first song last year, "Wuz Dat."

"Utatakho Remix" is the closing song on Yanga Chief's recently released EP Becoming a Pop Star. The nine-track project includes the original version of "Utatakho" and the song "200," which was released last week. Apart from the guests on the remix, features on BAPS include AKA and Makwa.

Listen to Becoming a Pop Star below:



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Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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Born and bred in Jamaica, Busy Signal's signature dancehall-reggae sound with an electronic lean is always a refreshing twist. His sound mixed with "Drogba (Joanna)" star Afro B's smooth afrowave style makes this new track, well, 100% dope.

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