Apple Music has launched the Summertime Sounds campaign featuring music by South African musicians. The campaign includes a broad selection of playlists curated by local musicians including Boity, DJ Zinhle, Nadia Jaftha, Nakhane, Nandi Madida and Karen Zoid.
Summertime playlist were also made by such celebrities as TV presenter Jeannie D (SA), actress Pearl Thusi (SA), fashion guru Rich Mnisi (SA), comedienne Celeste Ntuli (SA), actress Terry Pheto (SA) and TV presenter Kim Jayde (Zimbabwe).
“African music is on the rise so my playlist comprises mostly African music,” DJ Zinhle said. “This makes me so proud because we are producing quality music that is also appreciated by the rest of the world. We are producing sounds that are true to us.”
Boity ‒ whose playlist includes some of her own music, Sho Madjozi’s ‘John Cena’ and music by Samthing Soweto, Beyoncé, Chris Brown and Drake ‒ said she picked the songs “because I feel that it is the perfect playlist to not only motivate me to go hard in the gym and be about my business but to also create the perfect vibes for a great summer.”
Pearl Thusi had this to say about her selection: “These are songs that either lift my soul or help me go through certain emotions whether comfortable or uncomfortable. Music marks time and sometimes takes me back to a beautiful moment.”
Thusi’s playlist includes Brenda Fassie’s ‘Weekend Special’, Coldplay’s ‘Fix It’, Rihanna’s ‘Love on the Brain’, and Tracy Chapman’s ‘She’s Got Her Ticket’.
“My dad had a band so our day-to-day life involved a lot of jazzy melodies and rhythms from all different kinds of music,” Celeste Ntuli said. “I listen to jazz and reggae mostly when I cook – it allows my mind to travel. When I’m relaxing, I turn to listen to mostly African sounds and world music. When I party, or am at the braai, I love my Afrobeat, Afropop and South African house music.”
Rich Mnisi said: “This is a collection of songs that help me fall in and out of love while getting all my creative juices flowing. This playlist houses greats, like Charli XCX, Beyoncé and DJ Maphorisa, who are known for taking things to the next level with sharp references and an unexpected mix of genres, lyrical content and moods. Expect to dance, cry and fall in love.”