This Week’s Episode Apple Music Africa Now Radio Features a Conversation With Amanda Black, a South African Women’s Day Special, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week, and how her breakup inspired her album MNYAMA.
Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, August 8th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.
Cover Star Interview
South African singer-songwriter Amanda Black joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about her latest track, “Ungayeki (feat. Berita).” She also discusses the inspiration behind her latest album, Mnyama, bringing politics into her art, and how she’s not afraid to make her voice heard outside of music.
The Big 5
In a special nod to South African Women’s Day, celebrated on 9 August, LootLove shares the 5 of the hottest new tracks from South African women. This week’s selection includes tracks from Makhadzi feat. Prince Benza, Elaine, Shekhinah feat. Bey T, Lady Du & DBN Gogo feat. Mr JazziQ, Seekay & Busta929; and DBN Gogo, Blaqnick and MasterBlaq feat. Mpura, AmaAvenger & M.J.
South African R&B singer-songwriter Mo$hpit Cindy is the latest artist featured from the Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features her singles “Indifferent” and “21st Century Luv.” Listen HERE.
Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she shines a spotlight on South African dance singer-songwriter TDK Macassette and her single “My Queens,” from Apple Music’s Who Runs The World playlist. Listen HERE (and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE).
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, August 8th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.
Amanda Black on being told to stick to the music
People are like, “Oh, you’re a public figure. You are a celebrity. You should only worry about music.” People are telling me just focus on music. I’m like, “Do you understand my music is political? My music is to make people feel. My music is to make people see themselves. My music is for self-awareness. That is what I do.” Then it’s not any different when I’m not singing it and I’m saying it with my words. I feel that is that disconnect that people are not putting together in that understanding that my music is about the things that I speak out on.
Amanda Black on her conflicting feelings towards Women’s Day in South Africa
I’m like, “I don’t know.” I’m not excited about Women’s Day. I want to be excited. Then you try and sort of like, “Okay, fine.” Yes, this is happening, but we need to still try and empower and celebrate ourselves because we should never stop doing that. We don’t need one day to do that. But at the same time, I’m like, “Yo, what are we celebrating when there’s so much injustice towards women?”
Amanda Black on how her breakup inspired the album MNYAMA
When lockdown hit, a week before we were told we were locking down, I literally broke up with my ex. So I was going through a breakup. And then the world was ending. I was like, “Listen, I don’t know what’s going on.” So I kind of went through that crazy “I don’t know what to do stage,” and those moments of despair and uncertainty gave birth to my conversations in this album.