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Peruzzi talks about having Davido as a mentor on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio



This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Peruzzi, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, and Dr Sivuyile Madikana’s Favourite African Proverb!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday, April 11th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian singer Peruzzi is this week’s cover star, and joins Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track with Davido, “Somebody Baby.” He also discusses the inspiration behind his latest double album, Rum & Boogie, learning from musical legends, and having Davido as a mentor.

The Big 5
Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from L.A.X; Cheque feat. Fireboy DML; Tay Iwar; A-Reece feat. Wordz; and Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa & TRESOR.

Africa Rising
South Africa’s DBN Gogo is the latest Africa Rising cover star, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars.

Proverb of the Week
The South African digital health innovator, Dr Sivuyile Madikana, shares his favourite Xhosa proverb: “God is my refuge”—reminding us to look beyond ourselves for comfort and peace.

Mini Mix
Cuppy finishes this week’s show with a special mini-mix of Apple Music’s Mzansi Hits playlist, which spotlights the hottest tracks from South Africa. This week’s mix includes music from Rethabile Khumalo feat. Master KG; Major League Djz & Abdioza feat. Mpho Sebina; Sun-El Musician & Msaki; Mi Casa; and Blaq Diamond.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, April 11th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Peruzzi on having Davido as a mentor

“I lived with David for two years, and I can tell you he doesn’t sleep. Me meeting Davido, thinking ‘okay, this guy has already achieved now, he’s supposed to play and supposed to chill,’ and then he is in the studio till 7:00 AM, 6:00 AM. I’m like no, I just knew that okay guy, the higher you go, the more you have to give, you get me. And that’s what drives me, till today.”

Peruzzi on why he’s big on humility

Cuppy: “You talk about humility a lot, I noticed. And so, what would you say your philosophy is as an artist and where you started versus where you are now?”

Peruzzi: “It’s been me just learning from the people I used to watch on TV while growing up because all I knew was how to write songs and how to arrange songs. But I met people like Davido, people like 2Face, like Don Jazzy, and I just knew that okay guy, you don’t do anything about these places you are now. So the best thing is for you to just pick at least 1 to 10 good things from every legend you meet.”

Peruzzi on why the album ‘Rum n Boogie’ is split in two parts

“The rum part is for like all the emotional songs, the love songs and stuff. And then, the boogie part is basically what people have not seen me do before, like me trying new things. Your up tempo days all the way straight to the club.”

Dr Sivuyile Madikana’s proverb

“I think it’s one of my favorite sayings and it comes from a language in South Africa called Xhosa. So we’ve got 12 official languages. And I come from the Xhosa tribe in South Africa and it says [Xhosa Language], which is translated to mean that… Translated word for word, [Xhosa Language], meaning God, [Xhosa Language], meaning the forest, and [Xhosa Language], meaning mine. So essentially ‘God is my forest’ and it can also be translated to mean that ‘God is my refuge.’ ”



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