In celebration of Africa Day on the 25th of May Apple Music has launched African Legends, a hub which offers a rich collection of music from across the continent, featuring many much loved African artists.
Africa is home to a colourful tapestry of musical styles, from the soulful sounds of folk musician Vusi Mahlasela and the funk-Afrobeat of Nigerian William Onyeabor to Algerian singer Khaled with his pop and “Rai” style of music.
To honour this legacy of rhythms on Africa Day, Apple Music have hand-picked a broad range of artists, including the likes of Cesaria Evora (Cape Verde), Lucky Dube (South Africa), Fela Kuti (Nigeria) and many others from all corners of Africa.
The African Legends hub consists of Essentials Playlists, Essentials Albums, Classic Singles, A Spotlight On and a dedicated Playlist with 50 of the top African songs of all time.
The Essentials Playlists feature the soothing melodies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa), Mali’s Amadou and Mariam, the rich voice of Angélique Kidjo (Benin) and South Africa’s own “Mama Africa”, Miriam Makeba and her township-inspired Afrojazz. There is music from more than twenty other epic African artists including King Sunny Ade (Nigeria – African pop and Jùjù) and internationally renowned Johnny Clegg with his Afropop and Mbaqanga rhythms.
Rediscover the roots of African music in Essentials Albums with Abdullah Ibrahim and Congolese Papa Wemba’s rumba and Soukous styled album.
The “Spotlight On” contains a quintessential selection of albums by a specific musician, currently showcasing the timeless work of world-famous Youssou N’Dour.
The Classic Singles offers hits such as Brenda Fassie’s ‘Vulindela’, Mory Kante’s ‘Yeke Yeke’, Miriam Makeba’s ‘Pata Pata’ and a whole lot more.
Apple Music’s African Legends is a celebration of the incredible diversity of musical genres and artists from across the continent.
With over 50 million songs, Apple Music offers a free 3-month trial with no commitment and is ad-free. Apple Music is available on iPhone and iPad and also for download from Google Play for Android devices