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Mthunzi Shines in Apple Music's 'New Artist Spotlight'

The artist's exquisite debut album 'Selimathunzi' is probably the best South African album released so far this year.

Apple Music's "New Artist Spotlight" for this month is South African artist Mthunzi.

The honor comes just after he released his debut album "Selimathunzi" which was written exclusively in his mother tongue, isiZulu. The 16-track project includes other South African talent including Sun-El Musician, S-Tone, Ami Faku, Simmy, Sino Msolo, Claudio and Kenza.

Listen to "Selimathunzi" on Apple Music and Spotify.

In "Selimathunzi", which translates to "sunset", Mthunzi mixes maskandi, house, Afro-pop and R&B to create an exquisite body of work. From serenading rhythms in "Ngibambe La", "Zigi Zigi", "Elentulo" and "Uhlale Ekhona" to the uptempo beats of "Selimathunzi" and "Kwaphela U Ink", Mthunzi leaves very little room for any negative critique—a rarity with any debut album.

Additionally, the fact that all 16 tracks are written and sung in isiZulu only adds to the truly authentic feel of the album.

Commenting on the recent honor, the artist says that, "This is one of the best things and highlights in any musicians career, I am grateful to Apple Music for their continuous support to artists and it is a great honor."

Mthunzi is a part of Sun-El Musician's record label, El World Music.

Describing how he came to join the label, he says, "I had my first deal with a company called Mapsit, but nothing important materialized until I posted a video on social media tagging [Sun-El Musician], singing cover music from his label." He adds that, "Which is when I got a call from him and he invited me to his studio. We worked on a few songs where I recorded my first single, "Vuka" and a follow up "Insimbi".


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Valerie Omari Shines in Apple Music's 'New Artist Spotlight'

Apple Music honors Congolese-born and Cape Town-based musician Valerie Omari as this month's artist to look out for.

Apple Music's "New Artist Spotlight" for this month is Congolese-born and Cape Town-based singer Valerie Omari.

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Rexxie and Kel-P Set to Go Head-To-Head in 'Battle of Hits'

Two of Nigeria's biggest producers are set to face off on Instagram Live in a 'Battle of Hits' you won't want to miss out on.

Rexxie and Kel-P, two of Nigeria's biggest producers, are set to face off in a "Battle of Hits" on Instagram Live today at 10 PM (WAT).

This will be the third instalment of the "Battle of Hits" after Sarz and Shizzi as well as Pheelz and Masterkraft.

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Blitz the Ambassador Named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

The Ghanaian artist and filmmaker is among 175 "individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, also known as Blitz the Ambassador has been named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow.

The musician, artist and director behind he critically acclaimed film The Burial of Kojo, announced the news via social media on Thursday, writing: "Super excited to announce I've been awarded the Guggenheim 2020 Fellowship. Truly grateful and inspired."

He is among 175 scholars, "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition," says the Guggenheim.

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6 South African Podcasts to Listen to During the Lockdown

Here are six South African podcasts worth listening to.

South Africa has been on lockdown for almost two weeks as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it looks like the period might just get extended. If you are one of those whose work can't be done from home, then you must have a lot of time in your hands. Below, we recommend six South African podcasts you can occupy yourself with and get empowered, entertained and informed.


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