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Boity, Pearl Thusi, and DJ Zinhle give us their favourite summertime playlists

Apple Music has launched its Summertime Sounds campaign featuring playlists from some of South Africa and the world’s biggest celebrities and influencers.

It includes a broad selection of playlists curated by top celebrities and musicians from South Africa and around the globe including; Boity, Pearl Thusi, Rich Mnisi, Kendall Jenner, DJ Zinhle, Jeannie D, Nadia Jaftha, Nakhane, Kim Jayde, Nandi Madida, Khalid, Shawn Mendes, Celeste Ntuli, the Sobekwa Twins, Karen Zoid, Terry Pheto and many more.

Says DJ Zinhle: “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.”

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 and music by Samthing Soweto, Beyonce, Chris Brown and Drake – 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.”

Have a listen to some of the playlists below.


Celeste Ntuli

DJ Zinhle

Kim Jayde

Nadia Japhta

Pearl Thusi

Rich Mnisi

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