In celebration of her new album, “Features”, Apple Music introduced vocalist, poet and storyteller Sio as the subsequent Isgubhu cover star.
“Being chosen to share the music I make, regardless of the genre, and love, on such a massive platform, is deeply humbling and an incredible honour.
“I’m a massive fan of all the artists on this playlist and Apple Music for sharing it with the world”, stated Sio, who is predicated in Joburg.
On “Features”, Sio examines all of the ways in which her distinctive traits – her gender, bodily attributes, background and sophistication – have put her in unwillingly uncomfortable conditions. It’s these conditions which have impressed her artwork and knowledgeable the tales she tells on the album.
“I’m a storyteller, my songs say so … And I always find the story in everything I do. Africans are master storytellers and this playlist celebrates the richness of African sound in the new world.
“Coloured with rhythms, poetry and song it will give you something for the head, something for the heart, and most definitely something to move your feet,” she stated.
Launched in February, Isgubhu kinds itself as the definitive residence of African dance and digital music on Apple Music, and spotlights and elevates the work of African digital DJs, producers and creatives.
Isgubhu, a Zulu phrase which means beat and used to seek advice from a banging music, pays homage to an evergreen set of genres and the African artists who’ve performed a pivotal position in shaping the dance and digital scene throughout the world.
This month’s Isugbhu By… is curated by Coco Em: a DJ primarily based in Nairobi.
She has carried out on quite a few levels such as the Boiler Room Nairobi, Beat Hotel Marrakech, Terra Negra Tunisia and Nyege Nyege fest Uganda. Her sound ranges from Afrohouse to kuduro, lingala, hip hop and EDM.
“Here is a listing of a few of my favorite albums. Some of those are a decade outdated and a few, very current releases such as Kabza De Small’s “I am the King of Amapiano”, a 27-song album that helped push by means of the days throughout the onset of the pandemic.
“It was also difficult to narrow down my favourites to a set of 13, because there is a lot more amazing music I like to play, especially kuduro from small independent musicians,” stated Coco Em.