Cover Star Interview
Nigerian street-pop superstar Seyi Vibez joins Nandi Madida via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Different Pattern”. He also discusses his new EP, ‘NAHAMciaga,’ how choral vocals played a role in his musical upbringing, and how me maintains his virtually non-stop release schedule.
The Big 5
Nandi Madida shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Asake, Darassa feat. Phina, Rema, DBN Gogo, PRVIS3 & Triple X Da Ghost feat. Durban’s Finest & Effected, and Black Sherif.
Nigerian Afro-fusion star Soundz is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles, “At Your Service” and “Attention.” Listen HERE.
Nandi’s Song of the Week
Each week, Nandi Madida chooses her favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she spotlights South African amapiano DJ Kabza De Small and soul vocalist Mthunzi and their collab, “Imithandazo (feat. Young Stunna, DJ Maphorisa, Sizwe Alakine & Umthakathi Kush),” from Apple Music’s Mzansi Hits playlist, showcasing the biggest tracks in South Africa. Listen HERE.
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday, January 19th at 9a London / 10a Lagos/Paris / 11a Johannesburg / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow and broadcast on YFM Accra every Sunday at 2pm, YFM Kumasi on Saturdays at 3pm and YFM Takoradi on Saturdays at 6pm.
Seyi Vibez tells Apple Music about Releasing Multiple Projects in 2023
“I just keep recording. It’s not because I want to record, it’s because I don’t like talking to people too much. From when I was young I didn’t like talking to people too much, so whatever was on my mind that’s getting me sad or is getting me happy, I put in my music. I record always because that’s the only way I can communicate with people. I have a lot more songs than the ones I’ve dropped.”
Seyi Vibez tells Apple Music about What Drives Him
“I would say first of all it’s God, our creator. Apart from that my explanation is always my mum, but since she’s passed away I always say she’s alive [in me].
I don’t think I’m young, because everyone thinks I’m older than my age, nobody thinks I’m 23. I just have to keep pushing, because it’s like I’m doing what I’m not supposed to do at my age. I’ll keep doing it and my mum is still alive so my inspiration never dies, so I keep working.”
Seyi Vibez tells Apple Music about his Vibez, Inc Record Label Signee, Tml Vibez
“All this year, Tml, Tml. I think he should do a lot more this year. He’ll be one of the best African artists ever to come up this year. He’s really a godsend because his first project went number 1 in Lagos, the single went to number 1 in Lagos, his album went to number 2 in the whole of Nigeria, so I know his next project is getting better and I know Tml the year is a lot of trouble. Man, I can’t wait for him to blow more.”
Seyi Vibez tells Apple Music about the Inspiration behind His Use of Choral Backing Vocals
“Those backing vocals came from the legendary music chants I used to know in Nigeria. When I was growing up – I was 12, 13, 14 – my dad used to play me Fela Kuti. He’s the one that made me know about Fela Kuti, then I studied about Fela Kuti and it made me know about K1 De Ultimate. You see all these people have [backing choirs] in their songs.
One day I sat down, I think about it like, why are we not using backup [choirs] in our songs? Is it because of the African performance? Is it why they record their stage performance as audio? So I’m like, what I want to start doing on stage is have a choir on my stage, and also have a choir in the studio. That’s how I started.”