For WurlD, Ami Faku, Elaine & Tellaman, 2019 has been career-changing.
Tellaman’s hit single “Whipped” reached the Top 20 on the Apple Music charts and his album “God Decides” achieved Top 10 status. Ami Faku’s critically acclaimed debut album was a Top 5 hit on Apple Music and she had Top 40 hits with Sun El Musician and Da Mogul SA.
Nigerian born Wurld has gone on to write on Afrobeats powerhouse Davido’s “Blow My Mind”, while Elaine became the first independent South African artist to chart on Apple Music – with every track from her debut “Elements” EP entering the Top 40 of the singles chart.
All four artists were featured on Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight in 2019.
New Artist Spotlight is an artist development feature where Apple Music shines a light on emerging artists from across the African continent. In 2019 the platform highlighted artists across a range of genres from R&B and Hip Hop to Trapsoul and Afrobeats.
From the breakthrough of the Eastern Cape’s Afrosoul sensation Ami Faku to Sio’s album receiving support on Apple Music’s Electronic editor page in several countries around the world and the vibrant Sho Madjozi releasing her debut Top 10 album and twice entering the Apple Music Top 40 with her viral hit singles “Huku” and “John Cena”; The New Artist Spotlight has highlighted artists at different stages of growth and career trajectories over the course of 2019.
The full list of 2019 new artist spotlight musicians were Sho Madjozi (January), Tellaman (February), Manu Grace (March), Wurld (April), King Lutendo (May), lordkez (June), King Promise (July), Elizée & Malachi (August), Sio (September), Ami Faku (October), Elaine (November) and now Sha Sha (December).
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