This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Bella Shmurda, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!
Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, July 11th at 4 pm East Africa, 2pm Lagos/London / 3p, Johannesburg/Paris / 6am LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1
Cover Star Interview
Nigerian hitmaker Bella Shmurda joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Far Away.” He also discusses how his new EP, High Tension 2.0, reflects his journey of survival, how Nigeria’s street sounds have evolved and bloomed—and pays homage to those artists who have paved the way.
The Big 5
LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Adekunle Gold feat. Lucky Daye; Omah Lay; Franglish & Aya Nakamura, AV; and Oscar Mbo & C-Blak.
Nigerian singer-songwriter Jaywillz 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 the single “Medicine” from his EP, Love or the Word, and his collab with Olamide on “Jailer.” 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 Botswanan singer-songwriter Mpho Sebina and her single “Where You Belong,” from Apple Music’s Mzansi Soul playlist. Listen HERE.
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, July 11th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow.
Bella Shmurda on what High Tension 2.0 represents
‘High Tension 2.0,’ I feel it’s like me. It’s very intentional like me. I’m intentional. That’s what I call myself. Against all odds, you’re still surviving. Against all against you could strike, you could penetrate. Against all odds you could be the light. And that’s Bella Shmurda. And that’s what High Tension 2.0 is representing.
Bella Shmurda on bringing through next generation talent such as Seyi Vibez
LootLove: You just mentioned Olamide who helped open some doors for you. You guys obviously have a phenomenal relationship. Now, if you had to do the same for another artist who’s on the rise right now, who would you like to do the very same thing that Olamide did for you?
Bella Shmurda: Shout out to Olamide Baddo first of all. Right now, well I have one of those good guys, I have Seyi Vibez. Shout out to Seyi Vibez he’s a good one. So I think if I would do any I will do for people I know.
Bella Shmurda on why street sounds are so important in Lagos
It’s good when you represent the streets. It’s something that is major over here. And street sound over the years has evolved. It has developed. Shout-out to the likes of Olamide Baddo, Wizkid, and Davido. Street music now is a major thing in Nigeria. You have to majorly touch the street. It’s very important because people who are really living in this parts of the life really need that sound to stay alive.