Apple Music has announced that Darkua, an alternative singer-songwriter hailing from Ghana, is the latest artist to be featured in its esteemed Up Next artist development program. Darkua, whose real name is Naa Darkua Chinonye Wristberg, expressed her excitement about being selected and how it marks a significant milestone in her Afrofusion music career.
Having been exposed to Ghana’s rich musical heritage from an early age, Darkua draws inspiration from influential artists like A.B Crenstil, E.T Mensah, and Lagbaja. Her unique blend of Ghanaian and Nigerian roots allows her to explore diverse sounds and create music that resonates with audiences. Darkua’s debut single, “Amalelor,” released in 2021, quickly gained popularity and became a fan favorite across Ghana’s FM stations.
After dedicating a year to honing her craft, Darkua recently released her fourth single, “Echo,” produced in collaboration with Ghanaian producer Viqtorioza. This empowering Afro-soul track showcases Darkua’s growth as an artist and highlights her confidence in expressing her desires within a relationship.
Apple Music’s Up Next program has a successful track record of promoting emerging talent since its establishment in 2017. Notably, Nigerian superstars Burna Boy and Tems were the first African artists to be featured on a global scale in 2019 and 2021, respectively. The program expanded to showcase South African talent in 2021, further solidifying Apple Music’s commitment to recognizing the vibrant music scenes emerging from the continent.
As the latest Up Next act from Ghana, Darkua will be prominently featured on Apple Music’s Ghana Up Next playlist. This curated playlist represents a diverse selection of new and emerging artists hand-picked by Apple Music editors worldwide. The Up Next roster includes renowned talents like Billie Eilish, Burna Boy, Megan Thee Stallion, and many others.
Apple Music’s dedication to music extends beyond its streaming platform. With a catalog of over 100 million songs, expertly curated playlists, and original content, Apple Music offers an immersive and unparalleled listening experience. It empowers artists, fosters discovery, and connects music lovers around the world.
Darkua’s inclusion in Apple Music’s Up Next program is a testament to her artistry and the thriving music scene in Ghana. As she takes her place on the global stage, Darkua’s music promises to captivate audiences and contribute to the rich tapestry of African talent celebrated by Apple Music.