Music From All Corners Of Africa

Apple Music launches Africa Month, a month-long campaign that showcases the best playlists, artists and albums from all corners of Africa. This follows the expansion last week of Apple Music into an additional 52 new countries around the world bringing the total number of countries across Sub-Saharan Africa to 33.

For Africa Month, Apple Music commissioned 15 exclusive guest playlists curated by some of the continent’s finest artists as well as a playlist featuring the biggest African songs of all time. In addition to the exclusive guest playlists, Apple Music’s Africa Month playlist features the biggest African songs of all time.

Who You Can Expect To Be On The Playlist

African music is rich and diverse because Africa is a continent, not a country,” Angelique Kidjo explains. “Its music ranges from Uum Kulthum of Egypt down to Miriam Makeba of South Africa, with many distinct styles and subcultures in-between. This playlist is not an exhaustive snapshot of all of the important artists and genres, but is more like a journey through my musical life with the songs that inspired me and the many friendships I've found with my fellow African musicians.

Bringing You Afrobeat Hits

Rounding off the list are Malian duo Amadou & Mariam, superstar Aya Nakamura, Jimmy Dludlu, Kiff No Beat, Msaki, Simphiwe Dana, Stanley Enow as well as African artist, Laolu Senbanjo and designer, Karabo Poppy who created Apple Music’s playlist art for Naija Hits and Afrobeats Hits.

Yes the world is currently in an odd place but I am staying positive and hoping for the best,” Davido declares. “It has given me a chance to enjoy some of the good things of life that work normally does not let me enjoy as much. For example, spending time with my family, especially my fiancé and son! The tracks on this playlist have made our mini house parties a lit situation!

With Apple Music now available in 33 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Apple Music’s Africa Month campaign is set to be celebrated continent-wide. With over 60 million songs, Apple Music offers a free 3-month trial with no commitment and is ad-free.

What Is It?

The Freshly Ground lead singer, Zolani Mahola, is bringing her music straight to you at home. All you need to do is catch the live stream and enjoy the legendary singer's music. You can do so by following her on Instagram. Apart from performing, she has also been doing collaborations and taking requests from viewers. So far she has collaborated with songbird Msaki and musician Muyeni. Stay tuned to find out what she'll do next.

When Is It?

Check the schedule here!

Where Is It?

Zolani Mahola's Instagram page.

How Much Is It?

Free of charge.

For More Information

Visit her Instagram, Twitter, Facebook page or website for more information.

What Is It?

Msaki is about to take you on a journey of love and what is "At Stake".

You can expect an amazing performance, Msaki is all about getting into hearts and warming it up.

This is a must see so get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 - Thursday, 12 December 2019 at 20:00.

Where Is It?

Untitled Basement, 07 Reserve Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R200 per person, get your tickets Here

For More Information

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Nando's and Basha Uhuru came together on this one. Nando's firing up Johannesburg's hottest gathering, the Basha Uhuru Freedom festival for the third year running and they are bringing the heat with some of Mzansi's best art, design and music talent. There are two main events they are involved in:

And Here Are The Creatives!

We have featured a few of the creatives on the programme, to give you a glimpse of what each of them do and if you ask me they are the G.O.A.T and I am fan-girling hard!

Robyn Pretorius

Born in Belhar - Cape Town, Pretorius was exposed to art at a young age. Her art has gone far and beyond as she has showcased her urban inspired artwork in New York in 2014, also being one of the seven artists chosen to participate in a New York Mission in association with the South African Government Trade and Industry Department. Robyn is inspired by her everyday surroundings and the people that cross her path. As a photorealist, she is drawn to the detail of what she paints. Through her art, she has made it a mission to investigate the connections existing between the environment human beings live in and their identities. Fun fact: Robyn became the youngest cartoonist for the Sunday Times in 2001, aged 13.

Mpho Vackier

Mpho Vackier is the creative talent behind TheUrbanative, a contemporary African furniture and product design company in SA. Her furniture and products are differentiated by the juxtaposition of abstracted African cultural graphic, motifs, lines, forms and inspiration with the functionality, look and feel of modern, midcentury and Bauhaus furniture silhouettes guided by the philosophies of craft, collaboration, authenticity and design evolution for the urban native. All of the products are designed and manufactured in South Africa. On the day Mpho will be presenting a session on design as a problem-solving process, looking at the ability to work withing constraints presented by material limitations and manufacturing processes.

Thokoza Mjo

Financial advice is everything we need as the youth, or anyone for that matter. So, never fear when Thokoza Mjo is near, because she is an investment analyst by profession, who believes in an Africa with economically active youth. In 2014 she founded Beyond the Lemonade Stand with the mission to partner with families in developing a generation that believes they are capable of achieving their dreams and not just believes but acts on it, too. Thokoza is an entrepreneur who holds an honours degree in finance from the University of Pretoria, so we can safely say you're in good hands. She will be presenting a workshop on "Having a positive mindset" at the Basha Bacha Creative Uprising creative conference, which will provide emerging designers with the tool and mindset required to succeed in the South African design industry.

Amaya Delmas

Amaya Delmas is a French screenprinter and graphic designer based in Victoria Yards, Lorrentzville. Who after completing her Masters in Central St Martins, London, worked in several advertising agencies in Paris. A few years later, life brought her to Johannesburg, where she opened her design practise alongside a small silkscreen workshop. Amaya will be running the stencil- and print-making workshop at Basha Bacha Creative Uprising creative conference. So, be on the look out for that!


And lastly but by no means least, her music is on everyone's playlist (marked as favourite, for sure) right now and we are here for it! Msaki who is a composer and singer-songwriter from East Londong, in the Eastern Cape. Creates sounds that combines a soulful folk with symphonic movements. Her Xhosa lyrics and African poly-rhythms with portals of sincere improvisations are just amazing. Her raw delivery disrupts your senses, leaving you moved and quietly longing for more as she weaves subtle tales of love, loss, home, revolution and hope. This year at Basha, Msaki will be performing on the main stage at the Basha Uhuru Sounds of Freedom music festival. So, I wouldn't want to miss it if I were you.

What To Look Forward To At Basha Uhuru

There's so much to look forward to. Giving you a Music Festival, in which they will be featuring the best musicians; Riky Rick, Khuli Chana, Langa Mavuso, Denise Marz, Thebe, Msaki and to check out the full line up click here! The line up will have you begging for more. As mentioned before there will be a Basha Bacha Creative Summit you're definitely in for more than just your ordinary festival, Basha can never be ordinary. To make sure you're getting the full experience you'll also indulge in the finest local food, drink, art and craft producers in the area at the Makers Market. There also will be a Film Screening and an Art & Design Exhibition.

For More Information

What Is It?

You probably have heard about her or her moving music, Feel Good Sessions presents the talented - Msaki.

You can expect an amazing performance, as she shows us why she has suddenly boomed so much after recently going mainstream. Msaki is all about getting into hearts and warming it up.

Supported by just as talented artists, this is a must see!

When Is It?

Saturday, 25 May 2019 at 15:00.

Where Is It?

Joziburg Rooftop, 1 Eloff, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R100 per person, get yours Here.

For More Information

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