Skyface SDW Is Apple Music’s First Up Next Artist In Ghana

Rapper and songwriter Skyface SDW, whose real name is Solomon Boachie Adubofour, has been announced as the first Apple Music artist to join Ghana’s new Up Next artist development program.

“I am truly honored to be named an Apple Music Next Up Artist. It has been an amazing journey so far and I can’t wait to share more great music with you! Please continue to support me as much as I can. God bless you all,” he says.

Born and raised in Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti state in southern Ghana, Skyface SDW is a proud member of the Asaka Boys, a rap collective that pioneered the Asaka (Ghanaian drill) by fusing British and American drills. Heavily influenced by the late rapper Pop Smoke.

Skyface SDW’s debut EP leaves the crowd and forges its own path threat (2022) is a seven-track exploration of gritty asacar and hip-hop influences, talking about what they see on the street and what they experience in life.

Since its launch in August 2017, Apple Music’s Up Next artist development program has had a fruitful history of spotlighting the next wave of creative talent. Global scale in 2019 and 2021 respectively.

Showcasing South African talent in March 2021 and then expanding to showcase Nigerian talent in July 2021, Apple Music will continue to grow as the world’s eyes and ears shift to a melting pot of sounds emanating from Africa. has pinpointed the pulse of African talent. Continent.

South African artists include Blxckie, SiBi, Valley Sixteen, Hersch, Ciza, Una Rams, Lucasraps, Filah Lah Lah, Halo Yagami, ByLwansta, SunMan, Money Badoo, Nanette, Amy Lilley, Maglera Doe Boy, aboynamedblu and Eloff. included. Alumni include Ajebo Hustlers, Jaido P, Wavy the Curator, SGaWD, Browny Pondis, TI Blaze, Young Jonn, Ninety, Khaid, Majeeed, Oganya, Kaestyle and Novemba.

“Being able to join the Up Next program was a big step in the right direction for me. Going from releasing music for free to being part of something that has a fan base across borders is a dream come true. – Blxckie

“Being an artist on UpNext has been very inspiring for me. The exposure and support from Apple Music has been an amazing journey and I am so grateful.” – Young John

“It was such a surreal moment because I never expected to be recognized by such a famous platform so quickly. Haro Yagami

As the first Up Next act to shine in Ghana, Skyface SDW will be featured in various venues. Ghana Up Next playlist on Apple MusicCurated Up Next playlists feature a dynamic class of up-and-coming artists, carefully curated by Apple Music editors around the world. The playlist is genre-agnostic and represents a line-up of artists that editors around the world are passionate about and want to expose to a wider audience.

Up Next’s vast global roster of past talent includes 6lack, Daniel Caesar, HER, Greta Van Fleet, Khalid, Amy Shark, Billie Eilish, Sabrina Claudio, Sigrid, Mr Eazi, Stefflon Don, Bad Bunny and many more Grammys. It includes award-nominated and critically acclaimed talent. , Juice WLRD, Batsy, Jax Jones, NCT 127, Summer Walker, Tierra Wack, Dean Lewis, Pink Sweat $, Coffey, Megan Thee Stallion, Burna Boy, Clairo, Rene, Jessie Reyez, Orville Peck, Victoria Monet, Ingrid Andres , Conan Gray, Don Toliver, Lemma, Benny, Holly Humberstone, Nathanael Kano, Gibeon, Beaverdoobee, Arlo Parks, Tate McRae, Hoosie, Thames.

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