NEW YORK – Apple Music has launched its first radio show in Africa. The streaming platform announced Thursday that “Africa Now Radio with Cuppy” debuted Sunday and featured a mix of contemporary and traditional popular African sounds, including genres like Afrobeat, rap, house, kuduro and more.
Cuppy, the Nigerian-born DJ and music producer, will host the weekly one-hour show, which will be available at 9 a.m. EDT. “The show represents a journey from West to East and North to South, but importantly a narrative of Africa then to Africa now,” Cuppy in a statement.
African music and artists have found success outside of the continent and onto the pop charts in both the U.S. and U.K. in recent years. Acts like Drake and Beyoncé have borrowed the sound for their own songs, while performers like South African DJ Black Coffee as well as Davido, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid and Mr Eazi — all with roots in Nigeria — continue to gain attention and have become household names.
Apple Music’s announcement comes the same week Universal Music Group said it was launching Def Jam Africa, a new division of the label focused on representing hip-hop, Afrobeat and trap talent in Africa. The label said it will be based in Johannesburg and Lagos but plans to sign talent from all over the continent.
THE CROWN: Netflix’s Biggest Shows Set Wrap Up After Its Fifth Season
Earlier this year, it emerged that The Crown, one of Netflix’s biggest shows, would wrap up after its fifth season. But it has reversed course, as it’s returning to creator and writer Peter Morgan’s initial concept of a six-season run for the Royal Family drama.
“As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Morgan told Variety in a statement. “To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”
By the time it ends, The Crown will cover Queen Elizabeth II’s life up to the early 2000s. So, it won’t touch on more recent events, such as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from the Royal Family.
Filming on season four wrapped up just before the onset of COVID-19 lockdowns in the UK. That season is expected to hit Netflix later in 2020, a year or so after season three premiered. It’ll bring an end to Oscar-winner Olivia Colman’s two-season stint as Queen Elizabeth II, as Imelda Staunton is taking over the role for the final two seasons.
Nigerian DJ, Cuppy, Begins A New Chapter; Inks A Deal With Platoon UK
After successfully securing a spot as the host of Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio show, Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola – a Nigerian disc jockey and producer professionally known as Cuppy, has signed a publishing and management deal with Platoon – a startup out of London that works primarily with musicians — but also other creators like writers.
According to award-winning Disk Jockey who is yet to release her debut album “Original Cuppy”, the Apple owned firm being her ally for music has now literally enabled her craft and secured a slot in the music ecosystem. She made this agreement public in a video in which was shared on 7 July.
Platoon was launched in 2016 by industry expert Denzyl Feigelson and LoveFilm co-founder Saul Klein with the goal of supporting the independent distribution of music. Over the years, it has partnered with leading musicians like Mr Eazi, Billie Eilish, Jacob Banks, and award-winning UK stars Stefflon Don and Jorja Smith.
And, in 2018, a report in Music Business Worldwide confirmed that, Apple has acquired Platoon, a startup out of London that works primarily with musicians — but also other creators like writers — to produce (it has its own studios), distribute and sell their work, using analytics to source talent, and figure out the best way to target and market that content: the modern-day tech equivalent of A&R services.
DaveJoy Digital TV Debuts, Featuring Music Group, Santrofi
DaveJoy Digital TV, a subsidiary of DaveJoy Studios telecasted the long-awaited Live music show. Dubbed ‘Music Makers’, the show commenced last Sunday, 5th July with international music band ‘’Santrofi ‘’ who entertained viewers with oodles our striking traditional Ghanaian highlife music.
The band makes up a newfangled highlife ‘dynamo’ comprising of outstanding aptitude and are globally loved for their beautiful 20th Century up-tempo and guitar-driven style of play.
Powered by DaveJoy Productions Ltd, Music Makers host a lot of great musicians from all around the world subsequently. The show was streamed live on DaveJoy Digital TV and DaveJoy Studios’ social media channels on Sunday from 7 PM to 8 Pm.
Dada Boat Joins Media General As The Host Of “ODO FEVER”
GREATER ACCRA – July 6, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – It’s an exciting time for viewers of Onua TV and lovers of quality entertainment content on television as the fastest growing Ghanaian local language channel, Onua TV, is set to premiere a new reality dating show.
Dubbed Odo Fever, the show is scheduled to be start airing on Onua TV from this Saturday, 11th July 2020 at 8PM and will continue every Saturday at 8PM. For the first season of Odo Fever, two bachelors looking for partners will get the opportunity to spend eight weeks with twelve single ladies also looking for love.
To be hosted by veteran Ghanaian actor, Micky Osei Berko, popularly known as Dada Boat, on the weekly episodes of the show, there will be exciting tasks and date sessions for the bachelors and ladies to get to know themselves. There will also be studio interactions to discuss their experiences during their date and other matters of interest.
Additionally, an episode will be for a task on fashion which will require the ladies to design a casual and night costume with the help of their assigned designers. The process leading to the final product will be part of the week’s episode. After the eight weeks of tasks and evictions, five ladies will be featured in the final episode with the two bachelors. The lucky bachelor will select his partner from the five ladies.
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