Africa Now - a playlist that fits your every mood featuring the latest in African Hip-Hop, Gqom, Afrobeats & More

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There is no denying the emotional connection we feel when we listen to music. Whether we need that extra push to get us through a run or workout or just need to feel reminded of our loved ones – music is always there for us and the Africa Now playlist has you sorted from smooth, mid-tempo tracks to upbeat dance tracks and everything in between. 

Accessing the hottest tracks in Africa from the biggest Artists is a seamless experience as the Apple Music app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows platforms and devices – allowing you to jam out on your smartphone, iPad, Smart TV, smart speakers and online at music.apple.com whether you’re at home or on the move.

Supporting the Africa Now playlist is Africa Now Radio which showcases the latest African sounds and never shies away from highlighting new forms of African popular music that fuse traditional and contemporary sensibilities.

Africa Now Radio airs weekly on Sundays, so perfect opportunity to kick back and enjoy the latest sounds straight out of Africa. Stream it at 2pm (Lagos, London), 3pm (Johannesburg, Paris), 6am (L.A.) 9am (New York) on Apple Music at http://apple.co/_AfricaNow.

Additionally, for a limited time, new customers to Apple Music on iOS and Android in Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Cameroon and Zambia 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 letting you find the perfect song for your every mood with ease.

To help you find some inspiration - here’s how Apple Music’s Africa Now playlist is a must for every mood: 

For the road-trip mood: 

South African travel was made for beautiful long road trips and when it comes to hitting the road, the playlist helps you set the tone. The Africa Now playlist, updated weekly on Fridays offers up some of the best cruise-worthy tracks that come out of the African continent. On the playlist, you will find smooth, sunny tracks like Questions by Shekhinah and Essence (feat. Tems) by Wizkid perfect to flit along the highways to.

For the romance mood:

Sometimes a light love jam is the best way to stay close with that special someone. For those looking to get in their feels, the playlist has you covered with slow-tempo tracks that are carried by strong vocal performances – like the tracks Stereo by Bensoul, Forever (Remix) by Gyakie & Omah Lay, and Supersonic (Feat. Tay Iwar) by Le Mav.

When you need a motivational push: 

Finding the motivation to get off the couch and start a workout can be difficult especially after a year of lockdown living at home. And sometimes the best remedy for that is with some upbeat tunes that give you a boost, get you moving and help you push through to the end of your workout. The Africa Now playlist delivers with upbeat hype up tracks like Kilometre by Burna Boy, History by Cheque & Fireboy DML, and No Fugazy by Sarkodie.

When youre itching for some bars in traffic:

Traffic may have eased with more people working from home, but getting stuck in traffic these days can feel even more aggravating after a year of clear roads. The Hip-Hop tracks on this playlist allow you to alleviate the frustration while appreciating their lyrical mastery. You can find fire tracks like Long Way by Emtee, Blessing by Stonebwoy and Vic Mensa, and The 5 Year Plan (Feat. Wordz) by A-Reece. 

As the ultimate party playlist with your besties: 

And of course, there’s no better way to throw a party with your faves than with some upbeat Afrobeats tracks. On the Africa Now playlist, you’ll find Dance and Deep House Gqom tracks like Bling (Feat. Amaarae & Buju) by Blaqbonez, Angisho Guys (Feat. Lady Du) by Cassper Nyovest, and SummerYoMuthi by Blaq Diamond. 

Preview the playlist below to get a taste:  

Getting your fix of the continents freshest tracks have never been easier, listen to Africa Now only on Apple Music and browse the playlist weekly to enjoy the latest music drops.

This post was sponsored by Apple Music and produced by BrandStudio24 for Channel24.

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