Cover Star Interview
Tanzanian singer-songwriter Jux is this week’s cover star, and joins Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Sawa.” He also discusses building his career while studying in China, his other creative ventures, and the importance of building a legacy.
The Big 5
Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Rema; Focalistic & Davido feat. Virgo Deep; Zuchu; Okyeame Kwame & Kuami Eugene; and Stino Le Thwenny feat. K.O., Major League Djz & Khuli Chana.
South Africa’s Sayfar & Mnqobi Yazo are the latest Africa Rising cover stars, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars. https://apple.co/3urBA5Q
Proverb of the Week
British-Congolese comedian, presenter and philanthropist Eddie Kadi shares one of his father’s favourite proverbs: “Too many friends equals too many problems”—emphasising the power of a tight-knit circle.
Cuppy finishes this week’s show with a special mini-mix of Apple Music’s Amapiano Lifestyle playlist, highlighting a South African genre which has seen a meteoric rise across the continent. This week’s mix features music from Olamide feat. Bad Boy Timz; Zinoleesky; Junior De Rocka & Lady Du feat. Mr. JazziQ, Mellow & Sleazy; Zain SA; and Vico Da Sporo feat. Sandile. https://apple.co/2OYe6oG
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, February 28th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow.
For a limited time, new customers to Apple Music on iOS and Android in South Africa 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.
Jux on what he has in store for 2021
“I’m going to release my next album this year, so it’s more about music too. I plan to release and launch a lot of things from African Boy, like body sprays, a lot of things. Yeah. More music, more video, more clothes, more everything. This is the time that I have more time to do things. So a lot of all together, music and fashion.”
Jux on why studying in China helped push his career
“I was doing music and I was doing so good as a young star, famous, girls like you, everybody’s talking about you. And I just told myself to go back to school because I was just wondering why everything is coming from China. What is in China? So I was so excited. At the end of the day, me staying in China, now I have a number one East African brand called African Boy, merchandise, I make a lot of things. So it was not a waste of time.”
Eddie Kadi’s proverb of the week
“My proverb is very, very simple. I grew up on this. ‘Too many friends, too many problems.’ This is what my dad used to say to me every time I came home late. Yes. Every time I came to ask him for too much money, every time I got in trouble in school. If I said to him I was playing football, but instead I was trying to go and see some girl, he will look up me dead in the eye, say ‘Too many friends, too many problems.’ And you know what? That restricted me, that restricted me. It calmed me down.”