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Wizkid is the First African to Reach 8 Million Monthly Listeners on Spotify

African artists continue to smash records with their music this year.

Although Wizkid is still to release an official single for this year, he's been on a great run in terms of some dope collaborations. Beside working on the Lion King: The Gift album with Beyoncé and their subsequent epic collaboration on "Brown Skin Girl", arguably one of this year's biggest anthems, the talented Nigerian artist has also hopped onto a number of tracks alongside GoldLink, Kojo Funds and Skepta. After having been nominated for the 2019 Afrikan Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) and performed at the inaugural Afro Nation Festival in Portugal earlier this month, it comes as no surprise that he's recently made history on Spotify as the first African artist to reach 8 million monthly listeners on the streaming platform.

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Watch Nigerian-American Rapper Tobe Nwigwe's Tiny Desk Concert

Joined by his wife and seven-week old daughter, the Houston-based rapper brings his Southern sounds to NPR's Tiny Desk.

Houston-raised, Nigerian-American rapper Tobe Nwigwe is the latest artist to grace NPR's TIny Desk Concert Series.

The artist performed a 5-song medley, backed by a full band and four talented backup singers. The artist was also joined at the desk by his wife Fats Nwigwe and their seven-week old daughter.

READ: Tobe Nwigwe Is the Southern Rapper Making "Purpose Popular."

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Moozlie. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

This South African Rapper Faked a Brutal Car Accident on Instagram to 'Raise Awareness'

South African rapper Moozlie scared South Africans when she appeared to get into a car accident during a live video on Instagram.

South Africans were frightened on Thursday when the rapper Moozlie, who recently won Best Female at the South African Hip Hop Awards, appeared to be involved in a terrible car accident. She was driving and talking about the music business when the "crash" happened. The end of the live video showed a shattered windscreen and nothing else. Many of her followers could be seen on the live video asking her whether she was okay or not.

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Photo courtesy of Cynthia Nyongesa.

The Influencer's Insight: The African Unicorn Is the Kenyan Visual Artist You Can't Put In a Box

Our first feature in this four-part series highlights Cynthia Nyongesa—the content creator behind the vibrant, bright Instagram page, 'The African Unicorn.'

"The Influencer's Insight" is our four-part series for April's theme "The Hustle." The series features women content creators who've achieved influencer status through their social media platforms. These influencers will give their insight on how they built their brand, challenges they've faced, influencer marketing tips and more.

In the first part of the series, meet Nairobi-born blogger and Instagram curator, Cynthia Nyongesa, also known as The African Unicorn.

Cynthia Nyongesa is the Nairobi-born blogger and curation queen who balances her art with being a full-time college student majoring in neuroscience and media studies. Nyongesa's work on her Instagram, The African Unicorn, is a mélange of fresh graphic design, photography and fashion.

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