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Apple Music Launches 'Oshe Naija' to Celebrate Nigeria's Independence Day.

Apple Music Launches 'Oshe Naija' to Celebrate Nigeria's Independence Day

As Nigeria celebrates its 60th year of independence today, Apple Music has launched the month-long 'Oshe Naija' campaign in celebration.

Today marks the 60th anniversary of Nigeria's independence from the British. In recognition and celebration of the day, Apple Music has launched the Oshe Naija (which translates to "Thanks Nigeria" in Yoruba) campaign. The month-long campaign will highlight the West African country's rich musical history as well as that of contemporary music heavyweights from the Afrobeats Hits, Naija Hits, Alte Cruise, Afrobeats Workout playlists and more.

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Not only will the Oshe Naija campaign feature Nigerian classics, it will also feature new music and its accompanying visuals from both upcoming and veteran Nigerian artists. Additionally, a number of guest playlists will be curated by the likes of Don Jazzy, Beverly Naya, Director K, Del B, Bankulli and several other influential Nigerian personalities.

Speaking about what went into curating his guest playlist; legendary singer-songwriter and producer Bankulli says the following:

"I selected these songs because they have had a huge impact on the Nigerian Music Industry at one point or the other, serving as a major influencer in spreading our music and culture to all corners of the world. These Songs have shaped the perception of people about Nigerians and Africans living in the diaspora."
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Interview: Focalistic’s Blend of Hip-Hop and Amapiano Is Working

South African rapper Focalistic doesn't fixate on genre. He wants you to know his music "is for South Africans, by South Africans that sound South African."

A few weeks before Focalistic's hit single "Ke Star" is announced to have gone gold (it has since gone platinum), a large group of school kids gather around the driver seat of the rapper's sporty BMW. "I realised that people really love him during the shoot of the 'Ke Star' music video," a passer-by says. "It was wild."

Just like today. The same group, which has now grown bigger, waits outside the spot where Focalistic will sit down for an interview. They each want a picture with one of the country's most promising rappers. They have to wait until he's done answering our questions. Asked if he enjoys being mobbed by fans, he says, "It's not like I like it. But it's something you get used to and you understand it. It's love, it's never to irritate."

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