This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Joeboy, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, and Fisayo Longe’s Favorite African Proverb!
Tune in to Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday, February 14th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC
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Cover Star Interview
Nigerian singer-songwriter Joeboy is this week’s cover star, and joins Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Focus.” He also discusses his debut album, Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic, his biggest inspirations and what he learned about himself during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Big 5
Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Jux; Ajebo Hustlers and Omah Lay; Singuila; Teni and Davido; and Prince Kaybee and Nokwazi.
A protégé of WizKid, Nigerian singer Terri is the latest Africa Rising cover star—a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars. https://apple.co/372Wgr0
Proverb of the Week
Nigerian fashion designer Fisayo Longe shares her favourite Egyptian proverb: “Do a good deed, and throw it into the sea”—a reminder that generosity should never have strings attached.
Cuppy finishes this week’s show with a special mini-mix of Apple Music’s Isgubhu playlist, curated by Black Coffee, and featuring music from Sun-El Musician, Black Motion and Miss P; Black Motion and Tabia; Tekniq; Da Capo; and Kususa and Argento Dust. https://apple.co/2Z6hXSk
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, February 14th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow.
Joeboy on the concept behind his debut album title
I remember the whole idea behind the album is love, love is beautiful and magical. So, we’re speaking, and I’m like, “Yo. I think we should name it ‘Beauty and magic.’ ” We’re like, “No, that’s just straightforward. Maybe ‘Somewhere between beauty and magic.’ ” And it kind of stuck. I think the album title is really, really catchy. Once you get that title, it just was like, “Yo, let me check this out. What this album was about?”
Joeboy on ‘Becoming The African Pop Star’ documentary
Cuppy: A lot of my time last night at about 2:00 AM was spent watching Joeboy’s documentary on Apple Music, ‘Becoming the African Pop Star.’ I’m seeing people faint across the continent. Your fans are in love with you. Let me just tell you, Joeboy, don’t lie or feel yourself small. I see you getting all swagged up, getting fresh.
Joeboy: Yes, definitely. I think it comes with the, I’d say, the role I’m playing. I still make sure I treat everyone with respect. The fact that you are proud of yourself doesn’t mean that… I wouldn’t say proud in a negative way. I’m just proud of myself and the things that I’ve achieved.
Joeboy reveals which features will be on the deluxe version of his debut album
Cuppy: How come you have no credited features on the album?
Joeboy: I really, really wanted two of my favorite artists on the album, but I couldn’t get their verses on time. So by the time they submitted their verses, it was too late to actually add it to the album.
Cuppy: But you have to tell me, who are your two favorite artists?
Joeboy: Oh, okay. Part of my favorite artists are definitely Simi and WurlD.
Cuppy: Simi and WurlD, HABA! Listen, you know, it’s crazy, because Simi, WurlD and I were all on the same label, Platoon. Listen, Joeboy, you could have made something happen.
Joeboy: Yeah, but I made something happen. So the deluxe version is coming out in a couple of months, the deluxe version of the album. So those features are definitely going to be on it.
Cuppy: Perfect. Well, we’ll be here to receive it.
Fisayo Longe’s proverb of the week
“Do a good deed and throw it into the sea.” It’s an Egyptian proverb, and I like it because I think after doing good things for people, people are different from you. People are going through their own things. A lot of people move mad and you begin to think, “Why did I even help this person?” And that sort of thing. So I’ve just really learned between the end of last year and now, if you want to do anything good, just do it and forget about it. Don’t do it for any gratification or anything. That’s why I choose that one.