Apple Music Names Omah Lay Its First “Africa Rising” Artist.

Omah Lay has been named the first artist to feature in Apple Music new bi-monthly artist playlist “Africa Rising.” The newly introduced playlist is geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising African talent.

Apple Music today, Friday, July 3rd, announced that Nigerian-born, Afro-fusion singer and songwriter Omah Lay will be the debut artist for the new program. The singer got featured on the playlist after debut EP Get Layd has been the No. 1 album on Apple Music Nigeria since its release in May.

In a statement published by Billboard, Omah Lay stated as follows;

“I have always used Apple Music, seeing my favorite artists on playlist covers and features but here I am looking pretty as Apple Music’s first Africa Rising artist, I am overwhelmed, dreams really do come true”

Every two months, Africa Rising will feature an artist selected by Apple Music’s editorial team on the continent and use the full force of the platform to amplify them to music fans in Africa and around the world.

Omah Lay began his career as a teenage member of the rap group Lil King. He later switched to producing before deciding to launch a solo career. In 2019, Lay’s singles “Do Not Disturb” and “Hello Brother” ended up in heavy rotation on commercial stations in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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