Listen: Boity, DJ Zinhle, Nakhane & more share their favourite Summertime Playlists

Apple Music has launched its Summertime Sounds campaign featuring playlists from South Africa’s biggest celebrities and influencers. The campaign includes a broad selection of playlists curated by Boity, Pearl Thusi, Rich Mnisi, DJ Zinhle, Jeannie D, Nakhane, Kim Jayde, Nandi Madida, Celeste Ntuli, the Sobekwa Twins, Karen Zoid, and Terry Pheto.

“African music is on the rise so my playlist comprises mostly African music. This makes me so proud because we are producing quality music that is also appreciated by the rest of the world. We are producing sounds that are true to us.” says DJ Zinhle

Of her selection, Pearl Thusi explains: “These are songs that either lift my soul or help me go through certain emotions whether comfortable or uncomfortable. Music marks time and sometimes takes me back to a beautiful moment.” Her eclectic pick ranges from Brenda Fassie’s Weekend Special and Coldplay’s Fix It, to Rihanna’s Love on the Brain and Tracy Chapman’s She’s Got Her Ticket.

Boity – whose tracks include some of her own hits as well as Sho Madjozi’s John Cena track says she picked the songs “because I feel that it is the perfect playlist to not only motivate me to go hard in the gym and be about my business but to also create the perfect vibes for a great summer.”

Celeste Ntuli grew up in a musical family: “My dad had a band, so our day-to-day life involved a lot of jazzy melodies and rhythms from all different kinds of music. I listen to jazz and reggae mostly when I cook – it allows my mind to travel. When I’m relaxing, I turn to listen to mostly African sounds and World music. When I party or am at the braai, I love my Afrobeat, Afro-pop and South African house music.”

In addition to the playlists from local and international celebrities, Apple Music also features a range of other summer playlists such as Songs of the Summer, Summer Vibes, Poolside Chill, Summer Waves, Summer Heat and Summertime Essentials.

Boity’s Playlist

Celeste Ntuli’s Playlist

DJ Zinhle’s Playlist

Jeannie D’s Playlist

Karen Zoid’s Playlist

Kim Jayde’s Playlist

Nadia Japhta’s Playlist

Nakhane’s Playlist

Nandi Madida’s Playlist

Pearl Thusi’s Playlist

Rich Mnisi’s Playlist

Sobekwa Twins’ Playlist

Terry Pheto’s Playlist


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