On May 28 the streaming platform, Apple Music, announced that the, “Africa Now Radio with Cuppy” will debut May 31 and will feature a mix of contemporary and traditional African sounds, including house, Afrobeat, rap, kuduro and more.
Nigerian-born maestro DJ Cuppy will host the weekly one-hour show, which will be live at 9 a.m. EDT. She commented, “The show represents a journey from West to East and North to South, but importantly a narrative of Africa then to Africa now.”
Recent years have witnessed African music and artists developed and expand outside of the continent and onto the pop charts in both the U.S. and U.K. Stars like Drake and Beyoncé have borrowed the sound for their own songs, while performers like South African DJ Black Coffee as well as Davido, Wizkid Burna Boy, and Tiwa Savage continue to gain attention.
Apple Music’s announcement comes the same week Universal Music Group launches its Def Jam Africa, the platform that represents hip-hop, Afrobeat and trap talent in Africa.