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Sho Madjozi Is Apple Music’s Artist Of The Month

Sho Madjozi is really out getting her bag!

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Kicking off 2019 on a high note Apple Music shines the New Artist Spotlight on energetic Xitsonga rapstar Sho Madjozi.

With a distinctive rap and fashion style inspired by her Xitsonga language and culture, Sho’s highly anticipated debut album, Limpopo Champions League was released on the 14th of December 2018.

The album also features her hit Swahili language single “Huku”, which put her on high rotation, and ‘Wakanda Forever’, featuring Nigerian artist Ycee, which celebrates Madjozi’s love for African heritage. The album also saw her work with South African rap luminary Kwesta on “Wa Penga Na?”

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The song ‘KONA’, an exhilarating affirmation of her Tsonga culture verbalizes that Tsonga people belong everywhere, while the lively track ‘Don’t Tell Me What to Do’ is a fun rift of a carefree African girl.

The album also features her hit Swahili language single “Huku”, which put her on high rotation, and ‘Wakanda Forever’, featuring Nigerian artist Ycee, which celebrates Madjozi’s love for African heritage. The album also saw her work with South African rap luminary Kwesta on“Wa Penga Na?”

RELATED: “IT’S AN EXCITING TIME TO BE AFRICAN” – SHO MADJOZI 

Madjozi whose real name is M8aya Wegerif grew up travelling the African continent with her father who worked for NGOs in countries like Tanzania, Senegal and beyond. This continent-wide upbringing has inspired her Pan African creative outlook and sound.

First, launching herself as Maya The Poet, Madjozi started out ghost-writing lyrics for other rappers. It was Okmalumkoolkat who encouraged her to rap herself and featured her on his hit single “Gqi”.

These days Madjozi is a headline act at high-level gigs across the continent and intentionally. Her recent performance at The Global Citizen Festival alongside international superstars like Chris Martin, Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, as well as Beyonce and Jay-Z, confirmed her rising star.

Speaking about her selection as Apple Music’s first New Artist Spotlight for 2019 Sho Madjozi said: “Wow what a time to be young, African and living in the time of Gqom! I’m so excited that the Apple Music team is as excited for this movement as we are. It’s an honour to be in their new artist spotlight. I’m so happy I could cry.”

Sho Madjozi

The Apple Music New Artist Spotlight is an artist development feature where a light is shone on a new South African artist each month, giving them four weeks of editorial support across the Apple Music ecosystem as a Hero artist, inclusion in the Mzansi Hits Room and key Apple Music playlists such as The A-List: South Africa, Best of the Week, Gqom Nation and more.

Previous South African artists to have benefited from The Apple Music New Artist Spotlight include, Simmy, Dope Saint Jude, Darkie Fiction, A Year On Earth, Dutchkid, Emerger, Thandi Ntuli, The Big Hash, Diamond Thug, Sun-El Musician, Shekhinah, Shane Eagle, Elandre, Sketchy Bongo, Amanda Black, Babes Wodumo, Sipho The Gift, Johnny Cradle, Tholwana, Lucy Kruger, Moonga K, Josh Kempen and Alice Phoebe Lou.

With over 50 million songs, Apple Music offers a free 3-month trial with no commitment and is ad-free. Apple Music is available on iPhone and iPad and also for download from Google Play for Android devices.

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Top 10 Popular Artists South African Gen Z Are Vibing To

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Spotify has uncovered interesting insights while taking a deeper look at what Gen Z music fans in South Africa are listening to and the artists they are discovering most.

As of February 2019, Spotify now powers an average of 11 billion artist discoveries per month on the platform. This quite simply means that listeners are beyond curious and vastly open to expanding their taste in music.  In fact, 18 to 24-year-old listeners are particularly limitless when it comes to era of the artists they decide to stream for the first time.

 

The unexpected trend we found was that artists who became popular amongst previous generations (Gen Xers) remain as influential and relevant as the artists of tomorrow for Gen Z. In other words, “oldies” are still goodies when it comes to music discovery on Spotify.

Spotify looked at what these 18-24-year-olds streamed for the very first time over the past 60 days, and found they’re as drawn to the “latest and greatest” as they are to the established and timeless. They’re discovering the artists their parents listened to such as Luther Vandross as well as playing the hits of their own peers – like Normani and CHVRCHES.

Below is the list of most discovered artists by 18-24-year-olds in the past 60 days in South Africa. 

1.       Normani

2.       CHVRCHES

3.       Mahalia

4.       Boogie

5.       Brent Fajyaz

6.       dvsn

7.       Luther Vandross

8.       Elevation Worship

9.       Tamia

10.   FKJ

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House Vocalist Nichume Has Passed Away

Nichume’s family are in “absolute shock” over the singer’s tragic death

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Nichume has passed away.

The house music vocalist was found at a friend’s place last night following an apparent suicide, a press release has confirmed.

She was an accomplished musician and a qualified ophthalmologist. Nichume reached the heights of her fame when she lent her voice to Mobi Dixon’s hit “Bhutiza”. She featured on singles “Daydreaming” by Fistaz Mixwell and Mobi Dixon, as well as “Far Away” by DJ Anda featuring Mobi Dixon.

Following the success of Bhutiza in 2017, she was then signed to Top Chap Media, founded by Mobi Dixon.

The duo had just released a single together titled ‘Thobela’ – which has been making appearances in the top 100 weekly radio charts.

“I’m distraught. I will remember Nichume as a bright light at Top Chap Media where we signed her. She was not only my first artist, but we had grown so close in the past three years that she became my little sister. She truly is gone too soon. May her soul rest in peace,” Mobi Dixon paid tribute to her.

“We, as a family are in absolute shock as to what has happened. Learning that your sister has succumbed to emotions and taken her own life can never rest well. We obviously are left with a lot of questions but also know that she had one of the strongest characters in the family. Whatever she was feeling at that moment triggered immense hopelessness. We stand united as a family during this difficult time. Nichume was so loved and appreciated. We’re proud of all her achievements.” Said Qamani Siwundla.

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Lady Zamar’s Second Album Is Ready

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Lady Zamar has unveiled the artwork and title of her sophomore album. Entitled Monarch, the project is slated for release later in June, 2019.

Wetting the appetites of her Zamartians, the songbird treated fans to a glimpse of the looming catalogue by releasing the full track list.

The 20 track project was penned and produced mainly by Zamar herself. Unlike her debut album, King Zamar, however, its sibling finds the Collide hitmaker collaborating with RnB singer Tellaman and Rapsody.

Co-writers on the album include Moonchild Sanelly on Fat Girl; Msaki on Freedom; & DJ Choice on More and More. 

According to the singer, the album cover symbolises the transformation from her previous album King Zamar.

Keeping in line with a royal theme, the cover shows off clever imagery of the singer resembling the Monarch Butterfly – a large migratory orange and black butterfly.

Monarch will be available for Pre-Order on Friday 07 June 2019. 

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