Africa Now Radio with Nandi Madida debuts this Friday 2 June at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9am NYC on Apple Music 1. Listen live or anytime on-demand here.
South African actress and singer Nandi Madida has today been announced as the latest voice to join Apple Music. She takes the reigns over as the new host of Africa Now Radio on Apple Music 1, beginning this Friday, 2 June.
Nandi Madida takes on from Dadaboy Ehiz who served as the host from Friday 10th June last year. This makes her the third lady to keep the Apple Music 1 microphone AFRICA NOW show company, just after Nigerian disc jockey, and producer DJ Cuppy who hosted the debut season and Luthando Shosha (famously known as ‘Lootlove) who served as its host of season two.
As it enters its fourth season, Africa Now Radio, Apple Music’s first global African music radio show is to now be hosted by Nandi Madida. Over the years, it has featured exclusive interviews with some of Africa’s biggest performers, including Davido, Stonebwoy, Diamond Platnumz, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Nasty C, Rema, Ayra Starr, Asake, Omah Lay, and a host of other musicians and producers on the continent with the most audacious and brilliant styles.
Over 130 of Africa’s best new acts, including Gyakie, CKay, Lloyiso, Uncle Waffles, and Pabi Cooper, have been featured on Africa Now Radio, which has also premiered over 650 new albums. The latest African music, including Amapiano, Afrobeats, highlife, Alte, house, hip-hop, bongo flava, and kuduro, will continue to be featured on Africa Now Radio with Nandi Madida, which is based on the Africa Now playlist on Apple Music.
While commenting on her new role, Nandi tells Apple Music: “What a time to be alive on this beautiful continent. I am just, if anything, grateful to witness Africa getting the long overdue credit. We are not only the cradle of humankind but also the cradle of music, and I’m excited to celebrate Pan-Africanism with Apple Music 1’s global audience and see the trajectory of African artists! I am a cheerleader of that movement and will ensure that I support it in any way that I can, and to shine a light on it!”
“Apple Music has always been at the forefront of supporting African emerging artists, so it is not necessarily doing anything different, but it is ensuring that we continue that narrative and continue to give the recognition that these rising African artists deserve. That’s why I proudly join the Africa Now Radio team, because if anything, they believe in the continent so much and have been doing it before it was popular.”, she adds.