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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.


Related: Listen to New Wizkid Songs From His Surprise 2019 EP 'Soundman Vol. 1'

While fans are awaiting in anticipation for Wizkid's "Joro", a single he's been promising to drop since June but hasn't officially done so as yet, the artist is reportedly working on his fourth studio album entitled Made in Lagos.

This year has certainly seen the rising popularity of African artists, especially Nigerian artists, and their music in the mainstream. Just last month, Davido set the record for the most viewed Nigerian artist on YouTube with a whopping 500 million views across his music videos. Additionally, Burna Boy's monster album, African Giant, ranked 16th on the UK charts—the highest ranking ever for an African album. Honestly, we're definitely here for all these boss moves.

READ: It Will Take More Than an 'Authentic African Sound' for South African Artists to Blow Up Globally

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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