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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

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OkayAfrica and B4Bonah Share New 'B4Beginning' Capsule Collection

We've teamed up with the Ghanaian artist ahead of the release of his debut project for some colorful new merch.

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premieres his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe.

The artist's latest track is a party jam, that sees him flowing "over an earworm flute melody and afrobeats percussion," using "his rasping flow to celebrate the girl of his dreams." The track was produced by J.Rocs.

B4Bonah - See Body www.youtube.com

In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop. The vibrant shirts feature the artist's image on colorful blue and green colored blocks, with the words "B4BONAH B4BEGINNING," on the back—referencing the artist's debut mixtape, which is slated for release in late July. The project features Medikal, Mugeez (R2Bees), Amaarae & Ivy Sole.


B4Bonah is an artist to watch, as he continues to make his presence known in the Ghanaian music scene.

Watch the music video for "See Body" above, and head to shop.okayplayer.com now to pick up to pre-order a shirt (or two). You can also preorder B4Bonah's B4beginning mixtape here.

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