ICYMI: Blxckie Makes History As First Artist To Feature On Apple Music’s Local Up Next Program
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Apple Music announces the launch of its spotlight platform Up Next in South Africa. The Up Next program highlights the work of emerging artist across the globe. Durban-born producer and rapper, Blxckie has the distinct honour of being the inaugural South African artist featured in this initiative.

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Blxckie was extremely elated over the news sharing that:

In my short journey in this industry, I have learnt that supporters and fans are EVERYTHING! This is amazing for a young artist, and I’m so honoured to be the first Up Next South Africa artist! Masihambeni!”

Sihle Sithole, also known as Blxckie, is a 21-year-old musical artist from Durban, South Africa. He is known for using his soothing melodic voice over a variety of different beats to create fresh new sounds. And might we add, that he produces a majority of the beats that he jumps on. His sound is described as melodic trap with an edge, coupled by boisterous raps. He has worked with the likes of LeoDa Leo, Yuang, 808 Sallie and LucasRaps to name a few.

The 21-year-old’s current single Stripes (featuring Flvme) is playlisted on Apple Music’s Mzansi Hip- Hop, African Hip-Hop, Africa Rising and The Plug playlists. Furthermore, Blxckie is featured alongside a bevvy of burgeoning talents from around the world in the Up Next playlist. The wide-ranging global Up Next roster of past talent includes 6lack, H.E.R., Khalid, Billie Eilish more.

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Check out the music video for Stripes below!

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