South African R&B songstress Elaine had a stellar 2020 where her debut EP dominated the Apple Music charts, was the biggest South African female artist of 2020, and signed to Columbia Records for the world following the success of ‘Elements.’ Elaine shares her holiday Voice Memo with the Africa Now Radio listeners.
South Africa’s Amapiano genre swept across Africa and the world during 2020. The Africa Now Radio Holiday Special closes with the kings of the genre Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa’s massive No. 1 single “Emcimbini.”
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Hey, everyone. It’s Elaine. Happy holidays and a happy new year to Cuppy and all of the African Now Radio listeners. Thank you all so much for your support this year, and I am extremely excited for 2021. Have a good one, God bless, stay safe, and you’re listening to my hit single, “You’re The One,” which was one of the most streamed African singles on Apple Music in 2020. Thank you all so much for making that possible for me. Thank you to the Apple family. Happy holidays, lots of love, and God bless.Fireboy DML on his favourite album of the year and tips for 2021
Hey, what up? What’s good, guys? My name is Fireboy DML. Happy holidays and happy new year to Apple Music Africa Now Radio and all of the Africa Radio listeners. My favorite African album of 2020 was “Apollo” by yours truly because, basically, this album just showed how much growth I had experienced as a person and as an artist, and it’s my way of sharing my gift to the world, and it just means a lot to me. It means a lot to my legacy as an artist, my legacy as a human being. It’s a beautiful album. You should check it out. My tips for 2021 are keep doing what makes you happy. Keep your friends and your family close. Just make sure you live your dreams and you work hard. When things are going great, just keep your head down. When things aren’t going so great, just keep your head up. All time, peace and love. Spread love.
Omah Lay on his city Port Harcourt and wishes listeners happy holidays
Cuppy: Tell us, as well, about being from Port Harcourt. It’s such a vibrant city in Nigeria, and how does that influence your music?Omah Lay: Port Harcourt is my city. I come from Port Harcourt, and I grew up around the likes Duncan Mighty, Burna Boy. Burna Boy’s from my city, so I grew up listening to those guys, and it has really influenced my music because a lot of the slangs, like in “Bad Influence,” I said, “See my eye, I don’t kprass.” That is actually a typical Port Harcourt slang.
Cuppy: Wait, so teach me, Omah Lay. “See my eye,” make a what?
Omah Lay: I don’t kprass.
Cuppy: I don’t kprass.
Omah Lay: You could see that somehow my city played a very big part of me becoming what I am today.