This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Bien, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Nandi Madida’s Favourite Track of the Week!
Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Nandi Madida this Friday, November 17th at 9a London / 10a Lagos/Paris / 11a Johannesburg / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1.
Cover Star Interview
Kenyan Afropop star and Sauti Sol member Bien joins Nandi Madida via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “I Want You“. He also discusses his debut album, ‘Alusa Why Are You Topless?,’ and the developing his own sonic identity as a solo artist.
The Big 5
Nandi Madida shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Joeboy, Reekado Banks, Oxlade, Wanitwa Mos, Nkosazana Daughter & Master KG feat. Casswell P, and Amanda Black.
South African Afro-tech star Sykes 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, “Sisekakeni Babies (feat. Skillz & Rudeboyz)” and the Dlala Thukzin and Zaba collab, “iPlan.” Listen HERE.
Nandi’s Song of the Week
Each week, Nandi Madida chooses her favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she spotlights South African amapiano star Musa Keys and his single “Izinyembezi (feat. Chley & Cheez Beezy),” from Apple Music’s Amapiano Lifestyle playlist. Listen HERE.
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday, November 17th at 9a London / 10a Lagos/Paris / 11a Johannesburg / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow
Bien tells Apple Music about Going Solo
Nandi: Now, going solo, I’m sure that was quite daunting for someone like yourself. Why did you feel now was the time to do it?
Bien: First of all, I don’t think I’d ever have a chance to do it if I didn’t do it now. I have the strength, I’m still at the top of my game and I think now is the time to just try. Secondly, I think it’s important for me to explore that side of me, to make me a better member of the group. If I’m ever to come back to Sauti Sol, I need to have gone through this particular season, so that I’m a better individual and I bring more to the table than just the Bien that people used to know.
Bien tells Apple Music about the Meaning of his Album Title, ‘Alusa Why Are You Topless?’
If anyone knows me from my past, I was in a group called Sauti Sol and we have a song called ‘Nishike’ where we’re just oiled up, topless, winding and grinding and singing about doing the deed. My mum called me and she said ‘Alusa…’ (because Alusa is my home name, it’s what people know me [as] in the crib) ‘…why are you topless?’
I think topless to me represents freedom. It represents… you know when you get home in the evening and you remove your bra or your shirt, and you chill? I want guys to understand that topless is for me like a blank canvas, being bare. Who knows what I’m going to get, according to how my journey goes? I’m gonna put on some medals, according to how my journey goes. I’m gonna put some awards on this body and I’m going to put some more things on this body, depending on how the journey goes.