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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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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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