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Nomcebo Zikode on “Jerusalema” reaching No. 1 on Shazam’s Global Chart and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio



This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Nomcebo Zikode, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, and Denola Grey’s Favorite African Proverb!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday, October 18th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a La / 9a NYC
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Cover Star Interview
South African vocalist and the voice behind Master KG’s Shazam Global No. 1, Nomcebo Zikode joins Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about her debut album ‘Xola Moya Wam,’ the worldwide success of “Jerusalema,” going Platinum in a month and wanting to work with Beyonce and Davido.

The Big 5
Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Ajebo Hustlers Feat. Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Bella Shmurda, Dadju and Makhadzi.

Africa Rising 
South African hip-hop artist Costa Titch 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 actor, content creator and fashion consultant, Denola Grey, shares his favorite African proverb in Yoruba which translates to “you are the company you keep”.

Mini Mix
Cuppy finishes this week’s show with a special mini-mix of Denola Grey’s exclusive Oshe Naija Apple Music playlist.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, October 18th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC only on Apple Music at

Nomcebo Zikode on “Jerusalema” reaching No. 1 on Shazam’s Global Chart

God is amazing. Every time I always say, God can take a nobody and make him a hero or make him a king. Like right now, honestly, I’ve never thought that my voice or the song that is written by me can be all over, like it’s happening with “Jerusalema” because I’ve been asking God that, “God, can you allow me to sing to the world? Can you actually… Not even to the world, to South Africans.” But only what God did for me is not only to sing for South Africans, but to sing to the world because “Jerusalema” is global.

Nomcebo Zikode on going gold in two weeks and platinum in a month

After Jerusalema, I’ve released an album which has nine tracks. The single, “Xola Moya Wami,” on that album, just reach gold in two weeks. In a month, reach platinum.

So, that alone, it showed me how much people wanted my voice, how much people were hungry for me to give them my music.

Nomcebo Zikode on her dream collaborations

Denola Grey shares his favourite proverb

It’s a proverb that a friend of mine said, and it’s actually a pretty popular one in that people say in English, but I’m going to say it’s in Yoruba because Yoruba just sounds sweeter.

So this one is “Bi ewe ba pe lara ose a di ose.” So it means “If a leaf spends enough time on soap, it becomes part of the soap itself.” So basically you become the company you keep. And I think that, that is so true, especially now, I’m surrounded by so many amazing people who are standing up to fight for our country.


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