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Tanzanian Bongo Flava singer-songwriter Marioo joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest collab with Tyla and Ch’cco, “Amawele.” He also discusses the making of his debut album, ’The Kid You Know,’ and why he chose collaborators close to home.

The Big 5

Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Runtown, Shatta Wale feat. Vybz Kartel, Simmy feat. Mskai, ShaunMusiq, Ftears & DJ Maphorisa feat. Young Stunna, Madumane & Tyla, and Kelvin Momo feat. Nanette, S.O.N & Jay Sax.

Africa Rising

Nigerian rapper and multidisciplinary creative Odumodublvck is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles, “Picanto (feat. Zlatan & ECko Miles),” and “Potor Potor (feat. AGUNNA).” Listen HERE.

Dadaboy’s Song of the Week

Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights Nigerian hip-hop stars Zoro & Falz and their track, “Naira to Pounds,” from Apple Music’s Chop Life playlist. Listen HERE (and find a roundup of all Dadaboy’s selections on Apple Music’s Dadaboy’s Playlist, HERE).

Tune in and listen to the full episode on Apple Music 1 at


Marioo on ’The Kid You Know’

[Translation] First of all, I would like to thank my fans because they have been with me from Day 1, they have been with me, sorry for my Swahili, they have been with me, they are so supportive that every single song I release is a hit song. When I release a song it becomes a hit so this time I’m going to drop my album and I know there are many songs [from this album] that will go on to become hit songs so, that’s why the album is called ‘The Kid You Know,’ it serves a reminder [to my fans] that it’s the same me who released those hit singles.

Marioo on Album Collaborations

[Translation] The plan was to do collaborations with different artists from Africa, Nigerians, from Ghana and other parts but you know when you’re releasing an album every person goes with their own schedule and I’ve been announcing my album for a long time but artist’s schedules have been very busy like many of them have been busy so I wanted to do a collaboration, maybe put Davido on the album or Wizkid, but they’re so busy and there wasn’t enough time so that’s why we decided to release the album with mostly East African collaborations.


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