Apple Music, a US music and video streaming service, has announced Florence Otedola, Nigerian disk jockey (DJ) better known as Cuppy, as host of its first-ever radio show in Africa.
On Thursday, the streaming service revealed that the weekly one-hour show titled ‘Africa Now Radio with Cuppy” would make its debut on Sunday at 9 a.m.
In a statement on its website, Apple Music also said the show would feature a mix of contemporary and traditional, popular African sounds, including genres like Afrobeat, rap, house and kuduro.
The award-winning DJ, who is the daughter of Femi Otedola, a billionaire businessman, had earlier taken to her Twitter page to hint fans on what she christened a “life-changing contract.”
“1,000 retweets then I’ll reveal the life-changing contract I signed and dream job I landed! Are you finally ready for the huge newsS???,” Cuppy wrote.
She would later announce the deal in a follow up tweet, expressing her excitement at becoming the first African to achieve the feat.
“The huge news you’ve been waiting for! Proud to announce my new weekly radio show called #AfricaNow on @AppleMusic #CuppyOnAMission,” she wrote.
“I’m the first ever African@AppleMusic@Beats1 radio host? Pinch me! This is for you Africa! Promise to do my people PROUD!#AfricaNow.”
Cuppy’s achievement further stretches what has been an amazing run for the country’s entertainment industry which has seen several artistes including Davido, Wizkid and Burna Boy hit new heights at the global music scene.
It also comes days after Universal Music Group (UMG), US’ global music brand, launched Def Jam Africa, its latest label division within the continent.