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Cassper Nyovest talks about new music with Anthony Hamilton and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio



This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Cassper Nyovest, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, and Reni Folawiyo’s Favorite African Proverb!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday, September 13th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a La / 9a NYC Only on Apple Music 1
Cover Star Interview
South African superstar Cassper Nyovest joins Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his new album and most personal project to date A.M.N (Any Minute Now), the theme of the album taking on a different approach with fatherhood and working with Anthony Hamilton on a record via WhatsApp.

The Big 5
Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Davido, Olamide, Mr Eazi, DJ Edu and Tyler ICU & Nicole Elocin.

Africa Rising
Nigerian artist, photographer, fashion designer and film-maker, Wavy The Creator, is this week’s Africa Rising artist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars.

Proverb of the Week
Nigerian fashion entrepreneur, Reni Folawiyo, shares her favorite African proverb in Yoruba: “Ọwọ́ ọmọdé ò tó pẹpẹ; ti àgbàlagbà ò wọ akèrègbè.” which translates as “A child’s hand is too short reach a tall shelf; the hand of an elder person is too big to fit the tiny mouth of a gourd”. The meaning behind it is that life is about collaboration and we need each other.

Mini Mix
Cuppy finishes this week’s show with a special mini-mix featuring selections from East Africa’s hottest playlist EA Wave, which is available on Apple Music

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, September 13th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC only on Apple Music 1 at

Cassper Nyovest on building an African hip hop community

I’d really like to get the conversation of African hip hop back into the topic, because I feel like there’s a big, big opportunity for African hip hop in the continent. I don’t really care about America and Europe and all that stuff. I really think we have an opportunity to create a big hip hop community in Africa where we can travel each other’s countries, where South Korea can come South African play to 10,000 people. I could go to Ghana, Nigeria.

Cassper Nyovest on making a track with Anthony Hamilton via Whatsapp

Cuppy: What really caught my eye, you posted the tracklist, the features… Some of my faves, Busiswa, Samthing Soweto, Anthony Hamilton. What?

Cassper Nyovest: He’s such a dope guy because believe it or not, me and Anthony Hamilton made a song through WhatsApp.

Cuppy: No! You have to tell us the story.

Cassper Nyovest: For real. It was all through WhatsApp. There was no email. There was no manager. I’ve worked with a lot of big guys, man, and even guys in South Africa. And it’s a long, long, long convo. Anthony Hamilton, we met sometime at the Global Citizen concert and I took his number. And I hit him up two years later like, “Yo what’s up man? I’m trying to do this record.” He was like, “Yeah, send it through, send the record on WhatsApp.” That evening, send the vocals back. And we started talking about more vocals, and then the song was done. And then there was no back and forth of the Hollywood. So I have so much respect for him. Very organic.

Reni Folawiyo’s proverb

The proverb I have chosen is a Yoruba proverb and it goes like this. “Ọwọ́ọmọdé ò tó pẹpẹ; ti àgbàlagbà ò wọakèrègbè.”

Cuppy: Okay. So you’re going to have to walk me through that.

Reni Folawiyo: Literally, in literal English, it means “A child’s hand is too short to reach a high shelf, but then the elder’s hand is also too big to enter the calabash,” which is a gourd that we have traditionally with a very narrow neck. So it’s a gourd that’s commonly used in Yorubaland to store water, palm wine, herbs, and such things. So whenever there is any need in the household to retrieve any item from the gourd, they ask a little child with a small hand to put their hand inside to retrieve it. You know. And the first part, which is “Ọwọ́ọmọdé ò tó pẹpẹ,” it’s the hand of a child does not reach the shelf. So it’s only the adult’s hand that reaches the shelf.

Cuppy: But then you need the child after. So it’s a collaboration.

Reni Folawiyo: So life is a collaboration.



Listen UP: Eyz Emmanuel feat. Kida Kudz – Eze Ego



Eze Ego is the brand new smash hit by talented afrobeats singer & song writer, Keyz Emmanuel! He teams up with the sensational Kida Kudz to chop some money on this joint. This Brizy Britz produced banger celebrates Keyz Emmanuel’s beautiful Nigerian culture! ‘Eze Ego’ means “King Of Money” In the Igbo Language, the catchy lyrics rest on a rich deep baseline! Listen Here

When unpacking the creation process, Keyz Emmanuel said: “I had never done anything like ‘Eze Ego’ before, I was surprised I could sing on abeat like that! Myself & Kida Kudz have not met yet but we managed to create magic with this collaboration”

‘Eze Ego’ is just the beginning of what Keyz Emmanuel has to offer the world, this dyamic artist is only getting started!

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KOBAZZIE release new single “EVERYDAY” feat. STONEBWOY



The track brings together two sensational artists from West Africa and will be out on 24th of September 2021 at 12AM to stream and purchase on all music platforms. This new single is released by 50/50 Entertainment (Record Division) and distributed worldwide by Tunecore.


The song was recorded in both Liberia and Ghana, produced by Liberia’s multiple awards winning producer Kellzbeatz, mixed and mastered by Master Garzy from Ghana. The track will  also  entail  a  creative  visual  (music  video)  that  will  also  be  released  for  viewing  on YouTube/Vevo simultaneously with the single. The video was directed by Yaw Skyfaceat a location in Ghana. Bloggers that were fortunate to preview the visual have tipped it tobe one of the best Afrobeats videos of 2021.


The title of the song {Everyday} is a message that both artists wanted to convey to their fans about living ones’ life beyondexpectations as tomorrow is neverpromised;soliveforthemoment andcreate joyous memoriesalongthe way.  The   song   was   written   by Kobazzie,Stonebwoy, and Andyzzy andfeaturesvocalsfromD’Ameko.


“I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating on this     project     with     my     brother Stonebwoy, the creative energy was off-the-charts, you guys are in for a treat”… were the words of Kobazzie describinghisfavouritesongtodate.


A heartfelt vote of thanks goes out to MTN Liberia through the MLMA Program   formaking this possible. A big thank you to my fans who voted me winner of the MTN People’s Choice Award 2019, I love you guys! A special appreciation to AbigailWokey Nufeatalai  and  Jonathan  Baker  for  going  above  and  beyond  their  professional obligations and being personally involved on this project and ensuring itssuccess.


The song is now available for pre-order on iTunes, see link below. andappreciation


For more information, check out Kobazzie’s Page

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Apple Music’s first-ever playlist curated by Deaf people



You don’t need to hear every note or lyric perfectly to feel a song’s power. For Deaf people, there are many ways to experience the magic of music—through dancing, or feeling the vibrations of the bass and treble through your skin, or tapping along to the rhythm the beats create as they pass through your body. In celebration of the original Apple TV+ film CODA, this playlist is curated specifically by Deaf people. We’ve asked Deaf contributors across the country about how they experience music and what it means to them, and have compiled a few of their favorite songs and the reasons why these resonate for them so deeply.

Nico DiMarco, DJ, Washington, D.C.
Eminem, “Without Me”
“I may not have heard the lyrics, but I quickly realized from the rhythm and beat that this track was one of my favorites, and it’s still a favorite of mine today.”

Jessica Flores, comedian, San Francisco
The Luniz, “I Got 5 on It”
“I first heard this song when I was 13, but without being able to hear the words, I couldn’t figure out the title or artist. Years later, this song started playing at a house party and my eyes lit up. Even though I still couldn’t hear the words, it was pretty dope that I still remembered the feeling of the beat.”

Matt Maxey, founder of DEAFinitely Dope, Atlanta
Kirk Franklin, “Brighter Day”
“This song right here, no matter what I’m going through in life, it always puts a smile on my face, gets me dancing and enjoying life in a more positive light.”

Savannah Dahan, performance artist, Maryland
Sean Forbes, “Little Victories”
“Sean is a Deaf artist that makes music and I love dancing to his songs! This song has an amazing beat; it inspires me and makes me feel that I can do anything.“

Jacelyn Fincher, student, Washington, D.C.
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “Señorita”
“I love hearing Camila’s voice. It’s so high-pitched and satisfying in my ear, and I can clearly hear what she is saying once I memorized the lyrics by watching [the music video].”

Additional curators: Chrissy Marshall, Destiny Lopez, Giovanni Maucere, Lark Detweiler, Rosa Lee Timm, Sean Forbes, Shaeeem Sanchez, Sheena Lyles, and TreShelle Edmond.

Experience A Playlist Curated by Deaf People now on Apple Music at

Watch A Playlist Curated by Deaf People short clip featuring dancer Shaheem Sanchez and CODA star Troy Kotsur HERE.

Watch the Apple Original Film CODA on Apple TV+ at

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Adepa Zela With Joe Mettle On Her New Hit Single – My Miracle



The Reigning MTN Hitmaker Season nine (9) Winner, Adepa Zela, is about to release her second hit single, ‘My Miracle’.

On this project, she teams up with the super sensational Gospel Artiste and VGMA Artiste Of The Year 2017 – Joe Mettle.

Her first single, ‘Same God’ which was released in March this year received rave reviews and also inspired some dance challenges on social media. ( (

Zela, with this upcoming single, looks forward to ushering us into a spirit-filled experience together with Joe Mettle on her original Song, ‘My Miracle’.

Interesting to note, Adepa Zela is the first ever gospel artiste to win Mtn Hitmaker, and Joe Mettle is the first ever gospel artiste to win VGMA. These indeed are two history-making Miracles for both Joe and Zela, hence the birth of ‘My Miracle’.

‘My Miracle’ will be finally available on all stream sites on Wednesday 22nd September, 2021. Don’t miss out on this one. Be the first to catch it on Wednesday!!!

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Kwasi Mafia out with new single ‘Money Love’



Ghanaian Afrobeats and Afro-pop artiste, Kwesi Mafia has officially released his new single dubbed “Money Love” off his debut EP, ‘Inception”.

‘Money love talks about how money automatically attracts women in terms of relationship and also it brings the ideology of how one is supposed to earn money in order to enjoy a certain level of satisfaction concerning the matters of love’. Listen to “Money Love” by Kwasi Mafia –

Born Bernard Takyi Addo in Koforidua, Ghana in 1993, he is one of many children in a large family and quickly developed a passion for music. Bernard was recording and writing lyrics by the time he was 17 and eventually took the name Kwesi Mafia. Deeply immersed in the music of Bob Marley, Dasebere Dwamena, Amakye Dede, Wizkid, Fela Kuti, Kanye West, and other greats. Bernard channeled these influences into his own unique style and began releasing original music in 2018.

Download, Listen & Share ‘Money Love’ by Kwasi Mafia below;

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Tems announced as Apple Music Next Up Artist, set to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live



Apple Music today announced artist/producer Tems as the latest addition to its Up Next program, Apple Music’s monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent. The artist just announced her signing to Since ’93/RCA Records, following the release of her new single, ‘Crazy Tings.’

Tems is a dynamic songwriter and producer who is bringing a new energy to the Nigerian music scene. The Isale Eko native boasts a blend of R&B and Soul paired with African nuances to create her unique sound. Last year, Tems released her first EP, For Broken Ears, which was the top R&B album in 43 countries, receiving nods from artists like Brent Faiyaz, Chris Brown, Drake, and more. Tems also appears on Drake’s newest album, Certified Lover Boy, as well as Wizkid’s standout single, ‘Essence,’ which has held the #1 position on Shazam’s Top 200 Charts. Dubbed the “song of the summer” by critics/fans, the track went #1 at Urban Radio and #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, with a new version recently released with Justin Bieber. Tems’ songs have been prominently featured on Apple Music playlists such as Afrobeats HitsAfrica NowTop 100: Nigeria, she was deemed an Apple Music ‘Africa Rising‘ artist, has curated exclusive guest playlists for Apple Music Africa Month and Holiday Sounds, and contributed to Apple Music’s Exclusive Original Playlist: Juneteenth 2021: Freedom Songs.

“I’m so so excited to be selected as the Apple Music Up Next artist,” says Tems. “I’m happy that I can share my story and the story of where I am from. Sending huge love to Apple Music for encouraging artists, and providing the visibility needed to impact societies on a global scale.”

“Tems once told me that ‘being yourself actually takes more courage than people would imagine,” said Apple Music 1 host Nadeska. “In her career that has meant ignoring opinions and pressure to compromise her music, while constantly defying expectations. Her debut EP was raw and addictive, leaving fans hungry for her next release. And no matter how her songwriting evolves, her unique and captivating vocal tone will bring her the spotlight on any original or feature record she touches.”

In her Up Next film out today, Tems shares details of her journey, growing up with a single mom in Lagos, Nigeria, being extremely introverted, and afraid to use her regular singing voice because it was too “textured.” She also talks about getting a job right out of university because she thought she had to provide and that’s what her family wanted. She tells Apple Music: “My decision to quit my job, that leap that I took, literally everything was just coming together. Just off ’Try Me’ alone I had a lot of shows. I couldn’t go out anymore, I couldn’t go to the supermarket anymore, I was like, ‘ok something is happening.’ ’Try Me’ came out of that strife, and I really wanted it to mean something, especially for Nigerians, people that live in this country, because things are hard.”

Additional Up Next campaign moments include a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance on September 29 and a sit down interview with Apple Music 1’s Nadeska, where she discusses her highlights from the last year, working with Wizkid on ‘Essence,’ as well as its remix with Justin Bieber, and the new music she has coming.

Watch the Apple Music Tems Up Next film HERE

Check out her Apple Music 1 interview with Nadeska HERE

Stream the If Orange Was A Place EP today and add the Apple Music Up Next Playlist into your listening rotation.

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