Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, January 23rd at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1.
Cover Star Interview
Nigerian singer-songwriter Fave joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about her latest track, “Obsessed.” She also discusses her debut EP, Riddim 5; the success of her song “Baby Riddim;” and what’s she’s looking forward to in 2022.
The Big 5
LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Adekunle Gold; Crayon; Rayvanny feat. Zuchu; 9umba, Toss & Mdoovar feat. Sir Trill, Sino Msolo, Lady Du, Young Stunna & Slade; and Dj Karri feat. Lebzito, BL Zero & Prime De 1st.
British-Nigerian singer-songwriter Browny Pondis is the latest artist featured from the Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his two singles, “BAMBILA” and “SUGARCANE (feat. Gemma Griffiths). Listen HERE.
Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she features South African hip-hop stars Money Baddo & Ricky Tyler, and their single “47K$,” from Apple Music’s Mood. playlist. Listen HERE, and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE.
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, January 23rd at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow.
FAVE on why now is the right time for her debut EP
Before putting out “Baby Riddim,” me and the team had already decided an EP would go next. I had wanted to drop an EP after my previous single, which was “Beautifully,” but I just felt like the miles that “Beautifully” ran were not enough for me to drop an EP or a project. I wanted to feel a certain level of confidence; I wanted to know that I’d got into a certain place to be able to put out a compilation of my sound. There’s a lot of music out there so I wanted to be intentional with it.
We planned that after “Baby Riddim” we would do the EP, and you know “Baby Riddim” came out and the reception was crazy, so it more likely just sealed everything and made us more confident in our vision now. It’s the EP now, it was the previous plan and by the grace of God it’s still the plan that we’re working with. I just want to be able to follow up with more bangers and great songs.
FAVE on the the experiences that inspired “Kilotufe”
Going back to when I had a freestyle that went viral on Twitter, and it looked like “This is a stepping stone for this girl,” stuff like that, and then I had a whole year in my career without music. Things just kind of toned down, there was a whole lot of silence, so you know the before who were there before who would try to act concerned, they just felt like they should give me some space because nothing is really happening for me at the moment. That happened, and then “Baby Riddim” came out with its own wave and its own energy, and it’s a repetition of the entire cycle.
That’s how the industry [is], that’s how the world is – people try to latch onto you just when they feel like you have something good going on for you, but just when you needed them the most they were probably acting shady. People move crazy when they feel like you have nothing to offer, so that’s just something that came up when I was recording music, and I went with it. I know that a lot of people are going to relate because the heart of man is crazy!
FAVE on a potential collaboration with Black Sherif
I think I’m most excited for Black Sherif [reaching out online]. I think we’re gonna do something, and I’m just super excited because I’m a big fan of Black – his music takes me to another place – so when I saw that he was a fan I was like, “Are you kidding?!”