This week’s episode of Africa Now Radio features a conversation With Big Zulu, the ‘’5 Hottest Tracks of the Week’’, Africa Rising, and LootLove’s ‘’Favourite Track of the Week’’.
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.
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.
Each week,LootLove chooses her favorite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she shines a light on 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 2 pm Lagos/London / 3 pm Johannesburg/Paris / 6 am LA / 9 am 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.