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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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Listen to Wizkid's Surprise New EP 'Soundman Vol. 1'

Wizkid treats fans to new songs featuring Chronixx, DJ Tunez and more—just ahead of 2020.

Wizkid is back. The Nigerian pop star surprised listeners early this morning with the unannounced release of a new EP, Soundman Vol. 1.

Though Wizkid has released a couple of singles this year, fans had been awaiting a new drop and more extensive project from the artist. With it being so close to the end of the year, it didn't look like we'd get a new body of work from the artist till 2020, but he proved otherwise when he took to Twitter at the wee hours of the morning to quietly share streaming links for the new project.

He also announced that a second EP, Soundman Vol. 2, would drop sometime before his highly-anticipated upcoming album Made In Lagos (MIL).

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26 Pioneers Inducted Into the South African Hip Hop Museum’s Wall of Fame

Here's the full list of inductees of the South African Hip Hop Museum's Hennessy Wall of Fame.

On Thursday night, the South African hip-hop community gathered for a night of celebrating the culture and artform's pioneers and icons. The Hennessy Wall of Fame is the first phase of the South African Hip Hop Museum, which is still under construction.

The Wall of Fame consists of 26 names who have been instrumental in the growth of hip-hop in South Africa, from the likes of Prophets of da City, Godessa and Lance Sterh to younger artists like Cassper Nyovest, Da L.E.S and AKA.

Osmic Menoe, the founder of Ritual Media Group, the company behind the museum, the festival Back To The City and the South African Hip Hop Awards, shared that he felt hip-hop was running the risk of its story not being preserved and told by itself.

Osmic Menoe. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

"It just scared me when meeting the younger generation and when you reference a POC, they were confused," he said in his opening speech during the event at Museum Africa in Newtown, Joburg. "When you tell them that we used to go a place in town called Le Club that opens at 12 when the sun's out and then Le Club closes at six in the afternoon, it sounded very weird because Taboo opens at six and closes the next day at six."

He added:

"So, to me, it made the most sense to say, why don't we preserve the same one's having a good one because it's changed a lot in our lives. It's changed my life. I know it's changed Bionic's life. I know it's changed Kenzhero's life. I can tell you for a fact it changed Vouks' life, [he] even has his own watch nowadays. When you look at people such as, like I say, Cassper, who's extending culture from where people like POC took it in the world tour."


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, brand manager of Hennessy SA, said during the event:

HENNESSY Wall Of Fame PRESS youtu.be


"Our brand has become synonymous with hip hop culture around the world. Ever since first being uttered on a verse, Hennessy has featured in some 2500 songs and has made an indelible mark on the genre. To date, it's the most mentioned spirit not just in hip hop but in the broader music industry. From collaborations with Rakim, Nas, KAWs, Vhils and Shepard Fairey, to campaigns like the ever-popular Hennessy Artistry, we're deeply committed to hip hop culture. Our Wall of Fame is another way to champion the creatives making waves in the industry."

The Wall of Fame consists of multimedia information about each inductee. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The Wall of Fame will be updated every year, with new names being added. This year's inductees shared heartfelt speeches, with some sharing parts of their backstories in hip-hop. The producer, Thaso told the audience being inducted was "the biggest award of my whole career."

Below are the names of this year's inductees:

1. HHP (Rapper)

2. Pro Kid (Rapper)

3. P.O.C (hip-hop group)

4. Amu (Rapper and producer)

5. Ready D (DJ)

6. Skwatta Kamp (Rap group)

7. Gogga (Graffiti writer)

8. Falco (Graffiti writer)

9. Bionic (DJ and promoter)

10. Battlekat (Producer)

11. Cassper Nyovest (Rapper and promoter)

12. Godessa (Rappers)

13. Tumi (Rapper and record label owner)

14. Watkin Jones (Rapper)

15. Lee Kasumba (Radio hot)

16. Hymphatic Thabs (Rapper)

17. Osmic Menoe (Promoter)

18. Kenzhero (Promoter and DJ)

19. Lance Stehr (Record label owner)

20. AKA (Rapper)

21. Slikour (Rapper)

22.Da Les (Rapper)

23.Proverb (Rapper)

24.Thasso (Producer)

25.Emile YX? (Pioneer)

26.Kwesta (Rapper)




Shameema from Godessa. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


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Thaso. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


DJ Bionic. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The South African Hip Hop Museum is still under construction and will be opened in 2020.

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From #FeesMustFall to #BlueforSudan: OkayAfrica's Guide to a Decade of African Hashtag Activism

The 2010s saw protest movements across the continent embrace social media in their quest to make change.

The Internet and its persistent, attention-seeking child, Social Media has changed the way we live, think and interact on a daily basis. But as this decade comes to a close, we want to highlight the ways in which people have merged digital technology, social media and ingenuity to fight for change using one of the world's newest and most potent devices—the hashtag.

What used to simply be the "pound sign," the beginning of a tic-tac-toe game or what you'd have to enter when interacting with an automated telephone service, the hashtag has become a vital aspect of the digital sphere operating with both form and function. What began in 2007 as a metadata tag used to categorize and group content on social media, the term 'hashtag' has now grown to refer to memes (#GeraraHere), movements (#AmINext), events (#InsertFriendsWeddingHere) and is often used in everyday conversation ("That situation was hashtag awkward").

The power of the hashtag in the mobility of people and ideas truly came to light during the #ArabSpring, which began one year into the new decade. As Tunisia kicked off a revolution against oppressive regimes that spread throughout North Africa and the Middle East, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook played a crucial role in the development and progress of the movements. The hashtag, however, helped for activists, journalists and supporters of causes. It not only helped to source information quickly, but it also acted as a way to create a motto, a war cry, that could spread farther and faster than protestors own voices and faster than a broadcasted news cycle. As The Guardian wrote in 2016, "At times during 2011, the term Arab Spring became interchangeable with 'Twitter uprising' or 'Facebook revolution,' as global media tried to make sense of what was going on."

From there, the hashtag grew to be omnipresent in modern society. It has given us global news, as well as strong comedic relief and continues to play a crucial role in our lives. As the decade comes to a close, here are some of the most impactful hashtags from Africans and for Africans that used the medium well.

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In Conversation: Pelé's Daughter is Making a Documentary About Women's Soccer Around the World

In this exclusive interview, Kely Nascimento-DeLuca shares the story behind filming Warriors of a Beautiful Game in Tanzania, Brazil and other countries.

It may surprise you to know that women's soccer was illegal in Brazil until 1981. And in the UK until 1971. And in Germany until 1970. You may have read that Sudan made its first-ever women's league earlier this year. Whatever the case, women and soccer have always had a rocky relationship.

It wasn't what women wanted. It certainly wasn't what they needed. However, society had its own ideas and placed obstacle after obstacle in front of women to keep ladies from playing the game. Just this year the US national team has shown the world that women can be international champions in the sport and not get paid fairly compared to their male counterparts who lose.

Kely Nascimento-DeLuca is looking to change that. As the daughter of international soccer legend Pelé, she is no stranger to the game. Growing up surrounded by the sport, she was actually unaware of the experiences women around the world were having with it. It was only recently that she discovered the hardships around women in soccer and how much it mirrored women's rights more generally.

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