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Introducing OkayAfrica On Apple Music

We're proud to announce our new partnership with Apple as a curator on Apple Music.

OkayAfrica is proud to announce its new partnership with Apple as a curator on Apple Music.


As the leading media company connecting a global audience to the African continent, OkayAfrica’s curated page will keep listeners on the pulse of the African music scene.

Selected by our editorial team and its wide network of contributors, DJs, artists, and musicians, the OkayAfrica curated page will showcase the many diverse styles and sounds coming out of the African continent.

Playlists will include selections of the hottest afrobeats sounds, dedicated mixtapes to Africa's many famous musical genres and artistic legends, as well as a weekly-updated playlist to keep listeners on top of what's new and cool across the African continent and its diaspora.

We'll be launching our Apple Music curated page with five initial playlists: an Afrobeats Starter Kit, a Power mixtape, a selection of our favorite Vintage African Records, the best current South African Hip-Hop, and our recurring Songs You Need to Hear This Week.

Explore OkayAfrica's channel on Apple Music here and make sure to follow us to stay updated on our selections!

Get a closer look at our initial OkayAfrica playlists on Apple Music below.

Afrobeats Starter Kit

Our Afrobeats Starter Kit is an introduction to the biggest afrobeats hits to date. These are the songs that have defined the genre taking over airwaves across the globe, from D'banj's "Oliver Twist" to Wizkid's "Ojuelegba" and everything in between. Check out the Afrobeats Starter Kit, featuring hit songs from P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Davido, SarkodieBurna Boy and many more.

Vintage African Records

From long lost Ghanaian cassette tapes to Northern & East African record digging finds, these are the Vintage African Records you need in your life. This playlist compiles our favorite vintage re-releases that have come out recently, including classics from Fela Kuti to lesser-known '70s Ghanaian disco, Zamrock, Zulu rock, Cabo Verdean dance grooves, Nigerian psych-rock, and more.

Mzansi Heat: South African Hip-Hop

This is our South African Hip-Hop mixtape, Mzanzi Heat, which takes a look at the best South African hip-hop tracks that dropped last year, as compiled by OkayAfrica's resident SA hip-hop wizard Sabelo Mkhabela. Take a listen below for bangers from Nasty C, Riky Rick, AKA, K.O and more.

#Power

These are songs about people in power and those fighting the power, to match OkayAfrica's editorial theme this month of #POWER. More importantly, we listen to these songs to inspire our own resistance in these very trying times. Listen ahead for new and classic revolutionary songs close to our hearts.

Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Here at OkayAfrica, we get hundreds of music submissions every day. Our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlist will highlight the best new African music with a weekly-updated round up of the top tracks that came across our desks. This playlist will be updated every Friday, so make sure to check back and follow us for new songs to jam to every week!

Explore OkayAfrica's Apple Music channel here

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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