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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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Aewon Wolf has always preferred to sprinkle some pop in his hip-hop, as can be heard in his previous releases. His latest project, The Return, his first in two years, boasts some pop-leaning songs like "Thando Lwami," "Something Special," "Cool Kids" and others are all glazed in the customary top 40 chart sheen through the use of glossy synths and pads alongside other contraptions.

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Yemi Alade Enlists Djimon Hounsou for New Music Video 'Remind You'

The veteran Beninese actor stars in the sultry music for Yemi Alade's latest single.

Yemi Alade shares her latest music video for her single "Remind You," and it stars none other than celebrated Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou.

"Remind You" is a sultry R&B track from the singer's latest album, 2019's Woman of Steel. The vibrant music video, directed by Ovie Etseyatse, sees the singer gallivanting in an empty mansion in various elegant gowns. Honsou graces the screen throughout the video as well, but the two don't meet until the very end, when things take a funny and unexpected turn.

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Interview: Afro Nation Festival's Smade On Unifying Africans Across the Continent & Diaspora

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Afro Nation co-founder Adesegun Adeosun aka Smade to talk about how it all started and what the future holds.

Within minutes of speaking with Adesegun Adeosun, it's apparent that Afro Nation is much more than an urban music festival.

The Afro Nation co-founder, better known as Smade, talks passionately about connecting Africans across the globe. In less than a year since its debut edition, Afro Nation has successfully done this and gone on to establish itself as the largest festival celebrating African culture on the continent and in the diaspora.

This year, Afro Nation will touch down in Puerto Rico for the first time over spring break—from the 18th to the 21st of March—on the beach of Balneario de Carolina. Headliners will include Burna Boy, Chronixx, Davido, 2Baba, Naira Marley and many more.

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Smade to talk about Afro Nation, how it all started and what the future holds.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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