Apple Music today announced alternative singer-songwriter Darkua as the next artiste to be featured in its new Up Next artist development program in Ghana.
“Being selected as Apple Music’s Up Next for Ghana feels like a dream! It almost felt impossible at a point. Knowing how it all started for me, this is a huge step in my career as an Afrofusion artist.
With my recently released single, ECHO, I’m hoping to empower as many women as possible about being confident in their sexual lives, and also to let them know that, it is possible to take charge of, and go for whatever they want.” Says Darkua.
Darkua’s musical education is rooted in the music that her parents exposed her to from the tender age of four, like the late, great High Life vocalist A.B Crenstil, Tempos band leader and the “King of Highlife” E.T Mensah, masked Afrobeats singer Lagbaja, and many more, resulting in the discographies of Ghana’s greatest directly influencing her musical growth.
Her Ghanaian and Nigerian roots provide the perfect fusion for her to be able to explore distinct sounds and her debut single “Amalelor” (2021), produced by Ghanaian producer Viqtorioz, boldly announced her presence and quickly became a fan favourite after being playlisted across Ghana’s FM stations.
After taking a year to work on her craft, Darkua released her fourth single “Echo” (2023), teaming up again with Viqtorioza to produce a lush, empowering Afro-soul track that stands as her most groove-worthy to-date, and details a woman who is comfortable and confident in telling her partner how she wants to be satisfied.
Apple Music’s Up Next artist development program has had a fruitful history of spotlighting the next wave of creative talent since it was established in August 2017, with Nigerian Grammy Award winning superstars, Burna Boy and Tems, the first two African artists to be spotlighted on a global scale in 2019 and 2021 respectively.
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