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Introducing OkayAfrica On Spotify

OkayAfrica is proud to announce its new channel on Spotify, featuring playlists like Afrobeats Party, Vintage African Records, SA Hip-Hop & more.

OkayAfrica is proud to announce its new channel on Spotify, which'll keep you on the pulse of the African music scene.


Selected by our editorial team and our network of contributors, DJs, artists, and musicians, our Spotify 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're be launching our Spotify channel with six playlists: an Afrobeats Party mix for your nights & weekends, a selection of our favorite Vintage African Records, the best current South African Hip-Hop, a deep dive into Ethiopian Samples In Hip-Hop, the best Black Punk Bands and, our recurring Songs You Need to Hear This Week, which will update every Friday with the best new music.

Follow OkayAfrica's channel on Spotify and make sure to follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week to stay updated on new tracks.

Get a closer look and start listening to our OkayAfrica playlists on Spotify below!

Afrobeats Party

Afrobeats is the sound taking over airwaves across the globe—and being used by the likes of Drake, Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber & more in their hits. This is your Afrobeats Party mix, featuring all the biggest and latest songs from its leading artists: Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Davido, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, and many more.

Follow the playlist to get updates on new afrobeats jams.

 

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.

Follow this playlist to stay up to date on the best vintage African sounds.

Songs You Need to Hear This Week

At the end of every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music and round up the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks in a weekend playlist for you.

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week to get weekly updates of the best new African music out there!

South African Hip-Hop

Our South African Hip-Hop playlist, Mzansi Heat, will round up the best contemporary SA hip-hop bangers, featuring stars like Cassper Nyovest and AKA, as well as more underground rappers.

Follow this playlist to stay on the pulse of the thriving SA hip-hop scene.

Ethiopian Samples In Hip-Hop

This Ethiopian Samples In Hip-Hop playlist dives into the use of melodies from the golden age of Ethio-jazz in modern hip-hop classics, featuring tracks from Mulata Astatke, Nas, Madlib, Jay Z, K'naan and more.

Black Punk Bands

These are the Black Punk Bands you need to hear from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique and the diaspora, featuring Bad Brains, National Wake, Big Joanie, and more.

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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