Apple Music today announced the latest featured artist for its “Up Next” emerging artists program in Nigeria, as singer-songwriter, Browny Pondis.
“Being recognized as Apple Music’s ‘Up Next’ Nigeria is a dream come true. Getting to the stage where I am recognized by the biggest platform in Africa shows that I am on the right track and I feel like everything I ever wanted is coming true. It’s so exciting to have been able to go this far with few resources, and I’m happy to be able to share my sound and my story through this. Pondis to the world,” he told Apple Music.
Beginning her musical journey only a few years ago, Browny has crafted an Afro-pop sound that reflects her tenacious character. With influences ranging from South African reggae icon Lucky Dube to Irish Celtic pop singer Enya, this Lagos native is unafraid to draw inspiration from multiple sources resulting in a unique and holistic discography.
His debut album, OCTOBER FIRST, is an introspective five-track EP that serves as an ode to his late father, who was born on the same day Nigeria celebrated its independence on October 1, 1960. The EP features fan favorites “Again ‘, ‘Sweet’ and ‘Bambila’, alongside the Afrobeat-inspired feat ‘Follow’ and ‘Sugarcane’. Zimbabwean singer Gemma Smith.
As the latest “Up Next” act to be spotlighted in Nigeria, Browny Pondis will be featured on Apple Music’s Up Next playlist. The curated playlist features a vibrant class of new and emerging artists, carefully selected by Apple Music publishers around the world. The playlist is genre-neutral and represents a range of artists who are passionate about Apple Music’s global publishers and eager to expose them to a wider audience.
The extensive global roster of former “Up Next” talent includes Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed talents like 6lack, Daniel Caesar, HER, Greta Van Fleet, Khalid, Amy Shark, Billie Eilish, Sabrina Claudio, Sigrid, Mr. Eazi, Stefflon Don, Bad Bunny, Juice WLRD, Bazzi, Jax Jones, NCT 127, Summer Walker, Tierra Whack, Dean Lewis, Pink Sweat$, Koffee, Megan Thee Stallion, Burna Boy, Clairo, Lunay, Jessie Reyez, Orville Peck , Victoria Monét, Ingrid Andress, Conan Gray, Don Toliver, Rema, BENEE, Holly Humberstone, Natanael Cano, Givēon, beabadoobee, Arlo Parks, Tate McRae, Fousheé and Tems.
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