Apple Names Rema It’s Latest Up Next Artist.

On Wednesday, June 17, Apple Music announced Nigerian artist, Rema as its latest artist on the ‘Up Next’ program.

The “Up Next” program is an Apple Music’s initiative geared towards showcasing and elevating rising talent.

According to Apple Music, “Since the debut of his Rema – EP in March 2019, Rema has become the #18 World Artist across Apple Music based on lifetime plays.”

In an interview Rema tells Apple Music that, “Getting recognised by Apple as their Up Next artist is a huge deal for me.

I want to take Afrobeats to the world and now the world is listening, it’s an honour. This has come during a time when across the world people are uniting and coming together to fight for justice, he said.

When asked by Ebro Darden, Apple Music’s Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B what his name means and how he got it the artist replies, “It means a revelation from another dimension.”

“The full name is ‘RHEMA,’ but I shortened it to ‘Rema’… I got it from church, He said.

“I felt my sound resonates with the name… I started calling myself Rema. When I was 14 – I used to call myself Blitz… I switched my name from Blitz to Rema because I felt Rema matches my sound.” He added.

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