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?”
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?”
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.”
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.
K.O Reveals Third Album Details – Everything We Know
K.O has announced his third solo project.
On Monday, K.O delighted fans when he not only announced his long awaited third solo studio album, but also revealed the album artwork, along with the title.
Slated for release on September 27th, K.O’s third solo project is called PTY UnLTD.
Perfectly synchronised to launch along with the looming summer, the album will premiere during the commercial peak of his latest hit, Say U Will, the simmering collaborative joint that saw him team up with the beautiful Nandi Madida.
The songbird has been celebrating her first ever number one, which also marks KO’s successful revival.
PTY UnLTD will also come just months after the Cashtime catalogue was availed across digital streaming platforms earlier this year. “It’s a piece of history we wanted to preserve”, he told QuenchSA in an exclusive interview, in which he also began laying out the elements which will define his next sonic ecosystem.
The sound will not adhere to the trappings of Skhanda, the Hip Hop and Kwaito fusion he masterfully pioneered and popularised with his previous works. It’s a fresh start for K.O, who sees the successes of his recent releases – which includes Supa Dupa – as keys unlocking his next chapter.
“What I have coming up is gonna be appreciated on a large scale, just based on where I am. I think I found my feet again. I can’t wait for people to hear”, he told QuenchSA.
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Black Coffee and Usher Team Up On ‘Lalala’
Usher’s smooth vocals luxuriate catchy hooks over Black Coffee’s distinct productions in fresh collaborative number.
On Tuesday, Black Coffee and Usher Lalala, a catchy dance number maximising on the creative potential of Coffee’s superior production skills and Usher’s powerful vocals.
The rhythmic joint, which comes nearly a year after the two first wet the musical appetites of their fans with snaps showcasing their budding friendship when Usher touched down in South Africa for his performance at the Global Citizen Festival, finds Usher luxuriating Coffee’s lush and summer calling instrumentals.
Lalala, which marks the globally celebrated DJ’s triumphant return to the charts since the debut of last year’s Drive, also solidifies Black Coffee’s pursuit to enter the American market.
Recently, Black Coffee has executed high powered collaborations with a slew of top international acts, a list which includes Drake, Jorja Smith and Alicia Keys.
Tshego Performs ‘No Lies’ At Pink Panther Album Listening Session
Tshego delivered some smooth vocals on the lush performance of No Ties, the first single from his looming Pink Panther album, which will premiere on Friday, August 30th. The singer took us through a few songs as he invited us into the soundscape of the long await project.