This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With SPINALL, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week!
Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, February 17th at 9a London / 10a Lagos/Paris / 11a Johannesburg / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1.
Cover Star Interview
Nigerian DJ, producer, songwriter and entrepreneur SPINALL joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Oshey (feat. BNXN fka Buju & Stefflon Don).” He also discusses the making of his new album, ‘Top Boy’, and how he reveals new depths to his sonic range.
The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from BNXN fka Buju, Kizz Daniel & Seyi Vibez, Pheelz, Bien & Ayra Starr, Lloyiso, and Freddy K feat. Marsey, Mhaw Keys & Nhlanhla The Guitarist.
Nigerian singer-songwriter Spyro is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles, “Who Is Your Guy?” and “Billing.” Listen HERE.
Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights the late South African rapper AKA and his collab with Nasty C, “Lemons (Lemonade),” from Apple Music’s Mzansi Hip-Hop playlist. Listen HERE (and find a roundup of all Dadaboy’s selections on Apple Music’s Dadaboy’s Playlist, HERE).
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday, February 17th at 9a London / 10a Lagos/Paris / 11a Johannesburg / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow.
SPINALL Tells Apple Music What Makes a ‘Top Boy’
So what even is a top boy? A top boy is anyone who has beaten the odds and used the resources made available to them to get from point A to point B. That’s who I am, and I feel like all the people that I have on the project as well. They’re genuinely passionate about music and they just give the best with the little resources they have. A lot of them are not signed to any majors… They’re doing this with a little at their disposal, and that’s what a top boy is.
SPINALL Tells Apple Music How ‘Top Boy’ Tested his Resolve
This album is different to a lot of the albums I’ve put out in the past. This album really resonated with me on so many terms – from producing most of the tracks to co-writing, to flying here and there to find somebody – it was really really that album that asked me do you really want to do this or not? I’m glad that we’re able to answer this question after three years. It was a lot of lessons, a lot of blessings in the making. I really still wanted to put way more people on the project, honestly, but I think I’m very satisfied with where we are on the final cut of the album.
SPINALL Tells Apple Music About the Sound of his Album ‘Top Boy’
I feel like a lot of people think all my songs are just ‘eyyyy eyyyy eyyyy!’… I know I’ve put out a lot of dance records, but there’s a lot of R&B records, records that you can create moments to – not just in the clubs or at the parties, there are personal records. There are records with people like VanJess, there’s a record with Amaarae, there are so many records that could fill a void that you probably didn’t even know existed.
With this album, we were all things that is SPINALL, from afro to afrohouse to deeper house to R&B to different sub-genres of afrobeats. It’s really amazing and I’m really grateful to everyone that worked with me on this project.