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Apple Music Launches Beats 1 ‘Africa Now’ Playlist Show

Apple Music's newly launched Beats 1 playlist show 'Africa Now' highlights songs by Africa's key artists.

To coincide with the Apple market expansion into the continent and other parts of the world, Apple Music has launched a Beats 1 Africa Now playlist show. It is presented by Ebro Darden and features music and voice notes from some of Africa's biggest artists.



The Beats 1 Africa Now playlist show is an hour special where Apple Music chooses selected tracks off the playlists and get the chosen artists to send voice notes talking about their tracks.

According to a press release from Apple Music, the show will feature Africa's biggest superstars from across the continent as well as key artists from the new African markets on the episode.

The show launched on Tuesday, April 21, at 1pm PT. The broadcast was repeated at 2am PT the following day.

The dynamic playlist currently highlights South African R&B star Elaine, who's on the cover and contextualized in the playlist's description.

Songs by the likes of Oxlade, Nasty C, DJ Neptune, Falz, 2Baba, DJ Zinhle, Burna Boy and many others appear on the playlist.

Apple Music recently announced 52 new countries it is now available in, with 25 of them being African countries. They include Angola, Tanzania, Algeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Namibia, Rwanda and several others, bringing the total number of countries where the service is available to 38.

Stream Africa Now on Apple Music or listen live.



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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'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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