Apple Music launches Rap Life Radio, Africa Edition with Ebro Darden and LootLove

Apple Music today launches a new monthly on-demand African edition of Rap Life Radio, presented by hip hop aficionado, Ebro Darden and South African TV presenter and radio personality, LootLove (real name Luthando Shosha). Rap Life Radio, Africa Edition will serve as a companion to Apple Music’s flagship hip hop playlist, Rap Life.

“The Rap Life brand, playlist and radio show, is something we hope artists and fans of hip hop all over the world can connect through. LootLove stepping in for a special edition ‘Rap Life Africa’ helps us keep building that bridge. This is dope!” exclaimed Ebro.

“I’m super excited about the launch of the monthly African Edition of Rap Life Radio with Ebro on Apple Music. This is a phenomenal way to kick off 2022! It’s going to be magical! I’ve watched South African hip-hop grow from its infancy to a really commercial space here and it’s been a beautiful journey to witness. Watching it from a continental perspective has also been really exciting, African hip-hop is really taking up space! I’m excited about the likes of Blxckie, KashCPT and LucasRaps,” says LootLove.

During each episode of Rap Life, Africa Edition; Ebro and LootLove will chat about all the breaking news from the world of African hip-hop, while featuring some of the hottest new releases from across the continent. Ebro and LootLove will also discuss how African artists are shaping hip-hop and rap on the continent and around the world.

The first episode of Rap Life Radio, Africa Edition; launches on Friday 21 January and features new music from South African rapper A-Reece, Ghanaian rapper Amerado and Nigerian singer-songwriter LADIPOE.

Rap Life Radio, Africa Edition with Ebro Darden & LootLove will be available on demand on Apple Music every month, as well as the Rap Life playlist featuring the hottest new tracks and trends from across the African continent.

Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio With Lootlove This Sunday – The Ones To Watch 2022 Special

This week’s episode features a special showcase of Africa’s Most Exciting Rising Stars of 202.

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, January 9th at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1

Ones To Watch 2022 Special

To kick off the year, LootLove hosts the Africa Now Radio: Ones To Watch 2022special, showcasing Africa’s most exciting rising stars. This week’s cover features South African Afropop singer-songwriter Nomfundo Moh; Kenyan Afropop singer-songwriter Chris Kaiga; Ghanaian rapper Black Sherif; and Nigerian singer-songwriter Fave. 

Best New Artists 

LootLove continues her cross-continental tour of artists to watch in 2022, featuring music from Victony; Dai Verse; and AV (West Africa); Maandy (East Africa); Money Badoo & Ricky Tyler; and Lloyiso (South Africa); and Ivorian-American singer, Chrystel (Francophone Africa). 

Up and Up!

LootLove previews some fresh new album and EP releases to look out for in 2022 from CKay, Omah Lay, Basketmouth, Rema, and Kudz. 

LootLoves

Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. For 2022, LootLove’s artist to watch is South African amapiano star Young Stunna, and this week’s show features his single, “Adiwele (feat. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa),” from Apple Music’s Amapiano Lifestyle playlist. Listen HERE—and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist,HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, January 9th at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 atapple.co/_AfricaNow.

Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio With Lootlove This Sunday With The Cavemen

This week’s episode features a Conversation With The Cavemen, the 5 hottest tracks of the week, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with LootLove this Sunday, November 14th at 4p EAT / 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1.

Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she features South African DJ and house producer Jullian Gomes and his single, “1000 Memories (feat. Sio),” from Apple Music’s Summer Waves playlist. Listen HERE—and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, November 14th at 4p EAT / 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow.

Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday With Buju

This week’s episode features a conversation with Buju, the 5 hottest tracks of the week, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!  

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove this Sunday, November 7th at 4p EAT / 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 apple.co/_AfricaNow

Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising featured artist, Nigerian singer-songwriter Buju, joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Never Stopped.” He also discusses his new EP, Sorry I’m Late; how he overcame career challenges; the industry experience that inspired the track “Kilometer,” and the songs he’s most looking forward to performing live. 

Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio with LootLove features Big Zulu this Sunday

This week’s episode features a conversation With Big Zulu, the ‘’5 Hottest Tracks of the Week’’, Africa Rising and LootLove’s ‘’Favourite Track of the Week’’! Tune in to Africa Now Radio with LootLove this Sunday, September 5th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1.

COVER STAR INTERVIEW

South African Hip-Hop star, Big Zulu joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, ‘iStradi’ (feat. PRO). He also discusses his new album ‘’Ichwane Lenyoka’’, his close relationship with the late PRO (Linda Mkhize); why starting his own label was the right move and how South African Hip-Hop has evolved. 

THE BIG 5

LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Adekunle God & Davido, Jaido P featuring Joeboy, Nviiri The Storyteller featuring KiDi, Musa Keys & Lebza TheVillain featuring Sino Msolo and Yanga Chief featuring Blxckie & 25K.

AFRICA RISING 

 Kenyan R&B singer-songwriter, Nikita Kering is the latest Africa Rising cover star, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars and this week’s show features two singles from her latest release, ‘’A Side of Me’’ – ‘Ex’ and ‘Crossing Lines’ – alongside an excerpt of her interview with Nadeska. Listen HERE.  

LOOT LOVESEach week,LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she shines a light on of South African house duo Suka and their single ‘Mano Mano’ from Apple Music’s Afro-House Nation playlist, which celebrates the soulful house hits from across the continent. Listen HERE (and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE).

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, September 5th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow.  
Big Zulu on the subject matter of his album ‘’Ichwane Lenyoka’’

LootLove: So, let’s talk about your album. It’s 22 tracks long; very personal – you rap about your upbringing, growing up fatherless, being raised by your grandmother… And there are many of us who relate to the things you’re rapping about.

What made you want to rap about something so deep and so personal, that a lot of people would rather not put in their music?

Big Zulu: I’m of the notion that we must educate people, we must be exemplary and that the more I rap about my origin, the more I heal from the things that hurt me and grudges. So, all the things that might have hurt me, when I rap about them, I’m letting go.

Social Media:

Instagram: bigzulu_sa
Twitter: @BigZulu_ZN
Facebook: Big Zulu

Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio With Lootlove This Sunday With Ayra Starr

This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Ayra Starr, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, August 15th at 4 pm EAT, 2pm Lagos/London / 3pm Johannesburg/Paris / 6am LA / 9am NYC on Apple Music 1.

Each week,LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she pays tribute to the talents of South African musicians Mpura, Killer Kau, Khanya “The Voice” Hadebe and ThandoTOT, who tragically passed away earlier this week, with a special dedication of the Busta 929 & Mpura track, “Umsebenzi Wethu (feat. Zuma, Mr JazziQ, Lady Du & Reece Madlisa),” from Apple Music’s Amapiano Lifestyle playlist. Listen HERE (and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE).

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, August 15th at 4 pm EAT, 2pm Lagos/London / 3pm Johannesburg/Paris / 6am LA / 9am NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow.

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Ayra Starr on being a woman in Nigeria

In Nigeria when you hear somebody is cast, sometimes it’s nothing about being around. It’s just that when you’re a woman, when you just do something, you just hear “Oh, she’s cast” when she’s in some… when you see her pictures everywhere, “Oh, she’s casted.” Just being a woman, being a female in Nigeria, you get very used to hearing that about yourself. Just “Oh, she was casted.” Because of any… people want to label you with something, it’s just like how we females grow up with that type of stereotype.

Ayra Starr on naming the album 19 and Dangerous

LootLove: How did you get the name ’19 & Dangerous?’

Ayra Starr: So, two years ago, I knew my album was going to be ’19 & Dangerous,’ that’s what I was going to call my album. I didn’t want to know anything, I was so sure.

LootLove: Why dangerous? Ayra, why dangerous? Tell me more.

Ayra Starr: Because I’m dangerous.

LootLove: Why are you dangerous? What makes you dangerous, girl?

Ayra Starr: So, growing up, I grew up with a lot of stereotyping of female singers. You hear that, “Oh, they’re this, they’re that.” And me, I just grew up with the mindset that I’m not scared of being a female singer. I’m not scared of being an African woman. I’m ready to take over, I’m ready to take over. I’m not afraid of mistakes. If something bad happens, I’m ready to grow from that situation and become a better human being. I’m not part of any scandals, I’m not part of anything like that, I’m ready.

Ayra Starr on what older generations can learn from Gen Z

In my opinion, I feel like your generation is… It’s a lot of what would people think. I feel like Gen Z’s right now, just living life on their own terms, which is so inspiring to see. I feel like a lot of millennials, they really care about the other person’s perception about their life. And that’s one thing Gen Z’s don’t care about. Everybody’s just trying to live their life. And nobody cares if they have like a big tummy or they have like big arms, like everybody’s rocking their self because of however you’re different, that’s what makes you special. So everybody draws on their individuality.

Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday With Amanda Black

This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Amanda Black, a South African Women’s Day Special, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, August 8th at 4 pm EAT, 2 pm Lagos/London / 3pm Johannesburg/Paris / 6am LA / 9 am NYC on Apple Music 1.

Amanda Black on being told to stick to the music

People are like, “Oh, you’re a public figure. You are a celebrity. You should only worry about music.” People are telling me just focus on music. I’m like, “Do you understand my music is political? My music is to make people feel. My music is to make people see themselves. My music is for self-awareness. That is what I do.” Then it’s not any different when I’m not singing it and I’m saying it with my words. I feel that is that disconnect that people are not putting together in that understanding that my music is about the things that I speak out on.

Amanda Black on her conflicting feelings towards Women’s Day in South Africa

I’m like, “I don’t know.” I’m not excited about Women’s Day. I want to be excited. Then you try and sort of like, “Okay, fine.” Yes, this is happening, but we need to still try and empower and celebrate ourselves because we should never stop doing that. We don’t need one day to do that. But at the same time, I’m like, “Yo, what are we celebrating when there’s so much injustice towards women?”

Amanda Black on how her breakup inspired the album MNYAMA

When lockdown hit, a week before we were told we were locking down, I literally broke up with my ex. So I was going through a breakup. And then the world was ending. I was like, “Listen, I don’t know what’s going on.” So I kind of went through that crazy “I don’t know what to do stage,” and those moments of despair and uncertainty gave birth to my conversations in this album.

Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio With Lootlove This Sunday With Ajebo Hustlers

This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Ajebo Hustlers, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, July 25th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1.

Cover Star Interview

Nigerian afrobeats duo Ajebo Hustlers — made up of George “Knowledge” Dandeson, and Isaiah “Piego” Precious — join LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about their latest track, “Yafun Yafun.” They also discuss using their music to tackle important issues like jungle justice and police brutality; the making of their latest album, Kpos Lifestyle, Vol. 1; working with Omah Lay and Nissi; and how personal experience translates into songwriting. 

The Big 5

LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Seyi Vibez  feat. Zlatan; MohBad; Black Sherif; 25K feat. A-Reece; and De Mthuda & Sir Trill feat. Da Muziqal Chef. 

Africa Rising 

Cameroonian-Ghanaian artist T’Neeya is the latest artist featured from the Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features her singles “La La” and “Dark Twisted Fantasy”Listen HERE.

Loot Loves

Each week,LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she shines a spotlight on South African electronic artist Muzi, and his single “Fool’s Love (feat. BlackRose),” from Apple Music’s Sho’t Left playlist, featuring the best alternative and experimental tracks from the continent.Listen HERE

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, July 25th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow.

It was just different points in our lives. And we started recording from last year. We’re having fun with the music. I mean, making “Pronto” with Omah Lay. Making “Bus Stop” was just an amazing time in our lives, when we had “Barawo” out, and it was really doing numbers… So we were just super-hyped at the moment when we were recording “Bus Stop.” So it was just like we’re just making beautiful music and just expressing ourselves. It wasn’t about the metrics or just what anybody out there… It was just about what we felt good, making another point in time.

Ajebo Hustlers on making “Barawo”

“Barawo” was done sometime 2019 then we put it out 2020. It’s just more like talking about the environment, because this is a day-to-day activity that happens in Nigeria every time, because we do face police brutality and jungle justice as well. So, it’s something that has been happening since the inception of time. So at that point in our lives, we just felt like shedding lights, educating the people more about jungle justice and police brutality.

Ajebo Hustlers on working with Omah Lay on “Pronto”

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That was fun, that was fun. The day we recorded we did about three songs. Yeah, we were just having fun in the studio. I mean, just playing different instrumentals and just laying down ideas and then he said he heard these beats from Shamsi that he felt like playing for us and we should just try doing something on that. And then Knowledge just started like, the intro like, “I go dey put myself in order” and all that. And it just sounded really, and it sounded like something that already existed before, like now this is the record that we should incorporate this.

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