Apple Music is celebrating Women’s Month in South Africa by highlighting the music of our country’s most visionary female artists and the women who inspired them.
This month, the streaming platform will turn the spotlight on boundary-breaking local icons like Sho Madjozi (fresh from her BET Award win for Best International Artist), Lady Zamar, Karen Zoid, Shekhinah, Amanda Black, Msaki and Simmy.
Apple Music has also asked these inspiring South African artists to curate their own exclusive female-centric playlists for fans to stream.
And further, they have released a list of the top 10 South African female artists on the platform:
2. Lady Zamar
3. Karen Zoid
4. Lebo Sekgobela
6. Karlien van Jaarsveld
7. Zonke Dikana
8. Amanda Black
9. Juanita du Plessis
10. Ntokozo Mbambo
Shekhinah on her choice of songs: “Music is my first language, no matter where in the world I am. I chose these songs to represent all the places I’ve been and favourite moments I have lived, each one holds a special place down memory lane and each artist is a Queen in their own way and space, these are must know hard hits on my playlist”
Amanda Black on her inspiration: “This playlist consists of women who have inspired me as a budding musician and also women who still inspire me now that I’m living my dream telling my stories through melodies. My peers motivate me to push boundaries and challenge myself. The legends remind me of when I was still dreaming and motivate me to keep going.”
All of this female-driven music programming will form part of Apple Music’s Visionary Women campaign. It aims to highlight how female musicians have shaped, shifted and enriched the local and global music landscape over the decades.
Plus, Apple Music will feature two exclusive female playlists Who Run The World and Top Women in Streaming. Over and above this Apple Music’s leading playlist Mzansi Soul will feature South Africa’s top female artists for the month of August and include the likes of Shekhinah, Zonke, Simmy, Ami Faku, Thabsie, Amanda Black and Msaki – a powerful collection of powerhouse female artists.