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Nviiri The Storyteller features on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio This Sunday



This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Nviiri the Storyteller, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, and Sarah Owusu’s Favourite African Proverb!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday, March 14th at 1p Lagos/London / 2p Johannesburg/Paris / 5a LA / 8a NYC Only on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Kenyan singer-songwriter and guitarist Nviiri the Storyteller is this week’s cover star, and joins Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Kitenge,” the title track from his latest EP. He also discusses his beginnings as a videographer, and how that career path led him to being signed by Sauti Sol.

The Big 5
Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Kwesta feat. Troublle; Yaw Tog feat. Stormzy & Kwesi Arthur; Alpha P & TMXO; Mbosso feat. Diamond Platnumz; and C4 pedro feat. ARY.

Africa Rising
Also hailing from Kenya, the artist and producer Karun is the latest Africa Rising cover star, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars.

Proverb of the Week
Ghanaian-British artist Sarah Owusu shares her favourite African proverb: “Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet”–-reminding us to always consider the consequences before jumping into any situation.

Mini Mix
Cuppy finishes this week’s show with a special mini-mix of Apple Music’s EA Wave playlist, which features the best new music from East Africa. This week’s mix includes music from Nandy feat. Koffi Olomide; Harmonize feat. Anjella; Jux; Rayvanny feat. Kizz Daniel; and Zuchu feat. Diamond Platnumz.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, March 14th at 1p Lagos/London / 2p Johannesburg/Paris / 5a LA / 8a NYC on Apple Music 1 at or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

For a limited time, new customers to Apple Music on iOS and Android in Nigeria and South Africa can enjoy all of this great content with 6 months of free Apple Music through the Shazam app. Returning customers get 3 months of free Apple Music.


Nviiri The Storyteller on his early beginnings with Sauti Sol

“As the storyteller, I started off as a videographer, as much as you hear me being a musician and a guitarist, yeah. And that’s how I ended up meeting up with Sauti Sol, did a couple of video projects for them. And yeah, it’s been a journey. The end for that was always meeting a musician. And the transition was more smooth because now I had now big brothers who were there to hold our hands during the whole session. And also introduced me to the live performance.”

Nviiri The Storyteller on the changing landscape of African music consumption

Cuppy: “What’s the biggest impact and biggest experience that has satisfied you?”

Nviiri The Storyteller: “The fact that now in our country, people are really streaming our music. That used to be a really huge challenge. You’d release music, no matter how good it is. But platforms like iTunes, that used to be a challenge. I’m really enjoying that fact that now we can share it even now to the whole universe, other than just me being a Kenyan artist, the music can get to be shared in the entire universe.”

Nviiri The Storyteller on the narrative behind his debut EP ‘Kitenge’

“This [EP] specifically, it was very strategic because when I started I wanted my image as the storyteller to be known much better, hence this specific selection of the songs. If you go through them, it’s basically, I’m talking about the whole cycle of a relationship. What everyone goes through in a relationship, there’s lust, there’s love, there’s conflict, there’s breakup, there’s party. I wanted to touch on all those things in just one EP. Of course, I could go on and on with the content, but for this specific EP, it was very compact and expressive.”

Sarah Owusu’s proverb

Cuppy: “What proverb can you give myself and my listeners to help us through this uncertain time in the world?”

Sarah Owusu: “I would definitely go for one which I love, I think, for obvious reasons. But it states, ‘Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet.’ It basically means ‘don’t jump into a situation without thinking first about the consequences.’ “



Meet Herty Vybz



Herty vybz

Influenced by the dancehall culture Herty vybz is here to change the narrative in a male dominated industry. Check out her debut song REBEL, recorded under HIT MIXER RECORDS, a record label based in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.




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Chief One drops new jam “Turn By Turn”



Chief One – Winner of “Next Rated Act” for 3 Music Awards 2022 and #VGMA23Unsung Nominee – has dropped a new joint to bubble the waters again!

Titled “Turn By Turn”, Chief One recruits his resident Music Producer, Hairlergbe for the beat production. With heavy African drum ensembles from Southern Volta (Ghana), the fast rising artiste spills nuggets of wisdom on the beat to advise the youths again, like he has been doing in recent times.

The song “Turn By Turn” is coded in his home language Ewe and English. After dropping his debut EP “Here I Come” on February 21, 2022, Chief One feels his fanbase needs something new again so he drops this one to revive his fanbase.

The song is out on major streaming platforms. Listen via the links below:

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Adomaa Makes Return To Music; Announces ‘The Becoming Adomaa Experience’



After a successful foray into the world of acting, alternative artist and singer Adomaa is back on the music scene, with a haunting but heartfelt music video announcing her new EP: ‘Becoming Adomaa.’

The video, which is for the song titled ‘You Used To Love Me,’ sees Adomaa reminisce on her entry into the music scene – when she had the most public attention – and how she wishes she had gone about navigating that period for herself. It is a brief but poignant reflection, and gives a sneak peak into the mindset of the singer at one of the lowest points in her career.


The video ends with the revelation of the cover art for her upcoming EP, titled ‘Becoming Adomaa’ – Adomaa seen in contemplative stance in an obviously neglected room overgrown with plants, and filled with objects of significance to her music career.


Before the release of the EP later this year, Adomaa is curating a one-of-a-kind experience for audiences to mark her musical comeback. Starting in July and running till September, she will be hosting on multiple nights, screenings of a short film featuring music from the EP, as well as a documentary that takes a deep dive into events from her start in music, through her disappearance and now to her return.

In addition to these, she will be providing intimate performances of songs from the EP live each night, after which there will be interactive sessions with audiences. This series of events has been tagged ‘Becoming Adomaa: The Experience,’ and the nights promise to be incredibly special, enthralling and deeply engaging.


To get tickets for any of these nights, visit the following link to book yourself a date:


Don’t miss out on what is going to be a truly magical experience with the talented artist that is Adomaa – you will not regret it!


For further updates and information kindly visit the social media pages of Adomaa (Facebook – Adomaa, Twitter & Instagram – @adomaa_music).

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CALYPSO ROSE Shares Carlos Santana-featured Track “Watina”



Calypso Rose’s zest for life is as infectious as ever, and 2022 will mark the return of the icon to center stage. Today, the 82-year old Trinidad and Tobago-raised musician has announced her latest album, FOREVER, due August 26, 2022 via Because Music. Throughout the new album, Rose presents original material with a distinctly modern approach, and revisits some of her greatest classics, giving us an album that speaks to everyone and transcends all ages. On FOREVER, the Queen of Calypso is joined by old friends and new artists throughout the fourteen tracks including: world music legend Manu Chao, soca king Machel Montano, Jamaican dancehall icon Mr. Vegas, Toulouse-based rapper Oli, and electro duo Synapson.The album’s first single, “Watina” is out now and features Belize’s The Garifuna Collective along with stellar riffs from none other than guitar legend Carlos Santanawho has previously noted, “Calypso Rose is a goddess of música del Caribe: a person who offers her heart & changes people’s lives & destiny.”

Listen to “Watina” here:

While the name Calypso Rose will be forever associated with her country Trinidad and Tobago, the love story that has bound her to Belize for almost forty years is part of her music, her career and her life. With “Watina,” she pays homage to the Garifuna, a Caribbean people scarred by slavery, excluded from memory, and part of whose population now lives not only in the United States, but also on the coasts of four Central American countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and thus Belize. “Watina”  is a song full of devastating history, and contrasted by cheerfulness and celebration. Ivan Duran, Rose’s Belize-born longtime producer was also the “sound architect” for the late Andy Palacio, who co-founded and led the Belize-based band The Garifuna Collective until his untimely death in 2008. “Watina” was originally a local hit for The Garifuna Collective and, according to Duran, Calypso Rose was the only person who could recapture the frenzy and the impact of this song while respecting Palacio’s legacy. By recording and reimagining the song with the same musicians, she reaffirms her Belizean ties and once again exploits the contrast between the festive spirit and the social dimension of the music.

Watch the gorgeous Belize-filmed video for “Watina” here:

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HEADIE ONE Drops New Single “22 Carats” Ft. French Rapper Gazo



Today, Headie One releases a brand new track, “22 Carats,” available now across all DSPs. Get it HERE!

Featuring the French rapper Gazo, “22 Carats” is a collaboration years in the making, as Headie’s status as the UK break-out drill rapper reached France, Gazo was just starting out. Citing him as a huge influence on his rapping style, he reached out to Headie during the pandemic, with the pair finally getting together in a studio in Paris this year, resulting in the stone-cold drill track.

Gazo released his debut mixtape Drill FR in February 2021, topping the French album charts, giving him the much-deserved title The Prince Of French Drill.

“22 Carats” is produced by French producer Leo Eynard, with the video directed by Screetch.

Watch the video for “22 Carats” here

This latest track follows the recent release of Headie’s single Came In The Scene,” his first new music since Too Loyal For My Own Good in late 2021, marking a new chapter for The King Of Drill with more tracks to come from his recent travels in Europe very soon.

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Lojay and Sarz Recruit Chris Brown for “Monalisa” Remix



Lagos-based Afro-fusion artist Lojay and internationally renowned super-producer Sarz (Beyoncé, Drake, Wizkid, Burna Boy) have released a brand new remix of their recent smash single “Monalisa” featuring multi-platinum certified, GRAMMY Award-winning R&B superstar Chris Brown. STREAM HERE // LYRIC VIDEO HERE

Taken from Lojay & Sarz’s collaborative LV N ATTN EP last year, the original “Monalisa”became an early standout due to its hypnotic beat and infectious hooks, becoming not just one of the biggest releases in Nigeria, but a global hit that put Lojay on the map as one of Nigeria’s fastest-rising cultural exports and cemented Sarz’s reputation as the most significant name in Afrobeats. Check out the duo’s LV N ATTN EP HERE.

With over 100 million streams to date, it’s safe to say that “Monalisa” became something of a cultural phenomenon last year. The track not only won applause from the likes of The Face, HYPEBEAST, and The FADER — where it ranked No. 30 on their 100 Best Songs of 2021 list— but it also became the 5th most streamed song across Nigeria last year. Meanwhile, the track demonstrated its massive transatlantic reach by peaking at No. 1 on Shazam’s Global Afrobeats chart and within the top 10 on both the US and UK Official Afrobeats charts.

Sharing his excitement about the new remix, Lojay says, “at the time I was creating this song I would have never imagined hearing a Chris Brown verse on it but the best part is he actually took his time and killed it and gave the song a different feel. He’s someone I’ve always wanted to work with so this is a really good feeling.”
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