Africa Now

Africa Now

On “Away”, South African Afropop duo Blaq Diamond (Siphelele “Danya Devs” Dunywa and Ndumiso “Ndu Browns” Mdlethshe) paint a soothing picture of love as an escape. It’s the anchor of their new album, Zulu Romance, a soulful 10-track meditation on the highs and lows of a relationship. “The way the music sounds itself is so classical, to a point whereby even if you don’t understand the language, you can feel the music; you can feel the pain or the soulfulness from the vocal itself,” Ndu Browns tells Apple Music. “That’s the reason why we called it Zulu Romance. It’s something that you’ve never heard before, but at the same time you can relate to it.” Listen to “Away” on Africa Now, the playlist that brings together the sounds of the continent, from hip-hop, highlife, Afrobeats and alté to house, Afrobongo and kuduro—and if you hear something you like, add it to your library.

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