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Spotify Finally Arrives In South Africa

One of the biggest music streaming companies in the world finally comes to South Africa.

After eleven years in the business, Spotify has finally made the brilliant decision to bring its renowned service to Africa for the first time, starting in South Africa.

South Africans will now join the roughly recorded 159 million individuals already subscribed to Spotify in over 60 other countries.


South Africa is booming with diversity and talented artists from all corners, and is known as "one of the most important music markets," recognized by Spotify's Managing Director in Middle East and Africa, Claudius Boller, as reported by africanews. Now these music lovers, and makers, will have the opportunity to use Spotify as a platform to share their music, and expand their musical careers.

South African artists will be able to license their music with Spotify to not only gain new followers, but also a few coins from royalties on the side. Users will have the option to create a free subscription, or enjoy an ad-less experience for a premium subscription of R59.99.

Here are a few of OkayAfrica's top SA-centric playlists you can vibe to. Check out our South African Hip-Hop, South African House, and Nasty C-curated playlists below.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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