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 Rising 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.
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).
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 revolutionizing the music scene and innovating their sounds to lead a new wave of emerging genres.
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.
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