Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising artist is Kenyan singer-songwriter, Nikita Kering
Apple Music today announced the latest featured artist in its Africa Rising artist development program as 19-year-old Kenyan-born pop singer-songwriter, Nikita Kering. She is the first Africa Rising artist from East Africa.
‘’I’m so excited for this new chapter! I’ve always wanted to stand out in Africa and the world as a whole, so being selected as Apple Music’s newest Africa RisApple Music’s latest Africa Rising artist is Kenyan singer-songwriter, Nikita Keringing artist is definitely an awesome start. I can’t wait to see what’s next’’.

As the youngest ever nominee, winner and performer at The All-Africa Music Awards in Lagos, Nikita’s noteworthy accolades include being named Afrima Revelation of the African Continent (2019) and Afrima Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa (2019), as well as being included in Mr Eazi’s Empawa Africa Top 10 artist program. Having been featured in over 100 TV and radio shows, including a prominent feature on The BBC when she was 16, Nikita’s ultimate dream is to build a Talent Academy in Kenya for disadvantaged African children.

Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising artist is Kenyan singer-songwriter, Nikita Kering

 

Her debut 7-track EP ‘’A Side of Me’’ (2021), available to stream on Apple Music, was arranged by Nikita herself, as she lyrically broaches universally relatable themes by attempting to put herself in her listeners’ shoes. Capitalizing on the enormous success of her single ‘Ex’ (2021), ‘’A Side of Me’’ is the songstress revealing a lesser-known part of herself to her audience so they can better identify with her, a theme she’s championed since the release of her debut ballad ‘Happy With You’ (2018).

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Apple Music has also announced a special Africa Rising radio show on Apple Music 1, hosted by LootLove which will highlight the next generation of African musicians who are revolutionising the music scene and innovating their sounds to lead a new wave of emerging genres.

Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising artist is Kenyan singer-songwriter, Nikita Kering

The show will feature Nikita Kering (the latest Apple Music Africa Rising artist), Nigeria’s Afro-fusion singer-songwriter, Buju and South Africa’s Amapiano maverick, Aymos – artists who are fresh voices for new musical waves in their countries. The episode will also feature Nigeria’s Ayra Starr and Savage, Ghana’s Gyakie and Yaw Tog, South Africa’s Hunter Rose and NVMI, Côte d’Ivoire’s Chrystel and Kenya’s Chris Kaiga. The latest music from Nikita along with that of Africa’s hottest new artists, is available now on the Apple Music Africa Rising Playlist here: https://apple.co/3bhTtwT

Apple Music’s Africa Rising, is an exclusive artist development programme and companion playlist geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent and introducing the next generation of African superstars. Africa Rising alumni to date include: Omah Lay, Manu Worldstar, Tems, Amaarae, Ayra Starr, Yaw Tog and Blxckie. Africa Rising sees Apple Music select six artists every year who each receive a minimum of two months of editorial support across the Apple Music platform including a launch interview with Nadeska on Apple Music 1. Nadeska has also launched a new weekly Africa Rising feature on her show highlighting the hottest new artists on the continent.

Africa Rising is the latest of many Apple Music initiatives aimed at taking African talent to the world. Now available in 33 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Apple Music 1 is home to Africa Now Radio with host LootLove which has featured interviews with some of the continent’s hottest artists such as Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Cassper Nyovest, Mr Eazi, Patoranking, Rayvanny, Kiddominant, Mayorkun, Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold, Master KG and Yaw Tog.

Apple Music also selected Nigerian Afro-Pop star, Rema as its Up Next artist in 2020, following the addition of Burna Boy to the roster in 2019 and Mr Eazi back in 2017. Up Next is Apple Music’s global emerging artist program.
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Harmonize Ceek Press Conference In Nairobi

Harmonize Ceek Press Conference In Nairobi, It’s been an amazing weekend in East Africa with one of East Africa’s top notch music icon Harmonize, joining forces with Ceek virtual reality platform on its mission to extending its territories in East Africa.

Beginning on Friday, June 18 in Tanzania, Harmonize’s motherland, the mission continued through to Sunday, June 20 in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The press conference and after party was hosted by Harmonize at B-Club in Nairobi.

Ceek’s partnership with Harmonize is yet another mouthwatering deal for the Konde Gang and East Africa.

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The presence of Harmonize and his team in Nairobi activated appealing ambiance with impressive love shown by huge crowed in the city.

He was highly celebrated upon his arrival at the Nairobi airport on Saturday, June 18. Surrounded by huge media and fans, he briefly delivered his welcome address at the airport and also encouraged the press for their support.

Harmonize was showered with gifts from die-hard fans as well.

At the press conference in Nairobi, he talked about how excited he feels to be back in Kenyan, which he referred to the country as his second home. He further explained the opportunities his partnership with the streaming platform Ceek.

Harmonize is very exited about the Ceek Platform it allows artists to create premium and exclusive content for their super fans and for super fans to get closer to their artists than ever

Harmonize also hinted on his upcoming exclusive concerts and shows on Ceek as well as his new album to be released  in August.

One of the officials from Ceek, Mr Harold Ofori mentioned that the uniqueness of the Ceek platform that makes it different from other streaming platforms is the fact that they have integrated Momo Pay, MTN and are in the process of integrating MPESA

Mr Harold Ofori of Ceek – CEEK Partners With Harmonize press conference

, TIGOPESA and more to allow fans in east Africa to pay artist and make it easy to compensate artists.

Additionally, they have also incorporated cryptocurrency which ensures equal compensation for artists no matter where they are located in the world and that fans can also pay their favourite  artists using crypto and allow CEEK to pay artist with cryptocurrency

 ”A dollar in the US is the same as a dollar in the Tanzania, artists can charge what they want for their content no matter where they are located in the world.”

Tanzanian artist Harmonize took to his Social media platforms to announce to his fans and music lovers, his new album dubbed “Afro East’ to be released in 2020.

He’s all set to release his first ever album after his departure from Platnumz record label. The official date scheduled for the “Afro East” album launch is march 14, 2020 at Mlimani City Hall, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania at 19 P.M.

 

In his recent exclusive interview regarding the details of the album, he disclosed that, the name “Afro East” means, sound of East Africa because African songs especially, that of East Africa is so special and creative.

it will cover all African music particularly that of East African music by his fellow artistes, his collaborations and all the songs of his old friends.

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The album comprises of 18 songs which includes songs titled, “Bed Room”, “Your Body Ft. Burna Boy”, “Fall in Love”, “Inanimaliza FT. Mr. Blue”, “I Miss You”, “Good”, “Never Give Up FT. The World”,

“Wife FT. Lady Jay Dee”, “Mpaka Kesho”, “Malaika Ft. Morgan Heritage”, “Uno, Die FT. Khali Graph & DJ Seven”, “Body FT. Phyno”, “Mama, Rumba FT. Skales & DJ Seven”, “Pain FT. Yemi Alade”, “Move FT. Mr Eazi & Falz” and “Hujanikomoa”.

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He also explained that, the purpose of him bringing together different types of music genre in one book is to let the world have a feel of African music, creativity behind East African music and the positive energy that East African music carries.

Therefore, the world and music fans should keep calm and watch out for a great music compilation from his first ever album.

 

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We can’t wait for Afro East in 2 weeks time!

 

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Uganda’s hybrid car launched in KenyaUganda just went ahead of Kenya by inventing the maiden hybrid vehicle in East Africa!

Kiira EV SMART  produced by Kiira Motors Corporation is the name of Uganda’s new car . According to it’s manufacturers it will be the region’s first sedan hybrid electronic vehicle to be developed.

For  Uganda to launch  the car at Kenyatta International Convention Centre on Thursday, it confirms that Nairobi is the regional financial hub.

“The reason why we are having a high profile launch is to attract investors from East African region.

“We are looking for collaboration because it’s an expensive venture. We are looking at $300 million assembly line in Jinja.

“This vehicle is a prototype and we expect to go to mass production by 2018,” managing director, Africa Talentbank.com Ltd Miriam Mukasa said. The unveiling was  followed by a test drive at the KICC grounds.

Ms Mukasa who is the coordinator of the launching has already estimated the cost of the vehicle at $30,000 (Sh2.6 million) when it is released into the market… For more click here

Great achievement Kiira Motors!

AWARD-for-women-in-africaAWARD-for-women-in-africa Established in 2008, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) was launched following a successful three-year pilot program in East Africa supported by the Rockefeller Foundation from 2005-2008.

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is calling for applications for its 2015 fellowships. African women scientists who are citizens of one of 11 eligible countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia) who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in an agricultural discipline, are encouraged to apply for this prestigious two-year program.

AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through two-year fellowships.

By building science skills and leadership capacity, AWARD is addressing barriers that often prevent women agricultural scientists from advancing in their careers. Each fellow is matched with a suitable mentor, an experienced senior advisor who offers career guidance and scientific knowledge

Deadline: August 8 2014

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