Global streaming platform Spotify recently released the list of Radar Africa artists class of 2023. The all-female list featured Kenya’s Xeniah Manasseh, a fast-rising rnb and hip-hop artist.
The programme intends to shine a spotlight on emerging artists on the continent.
— Xenia Manasseh (@xeniamanasseh) May 8, 2023
This year’s lineup joins alumnae who include Ayra Starr, DBN Gogo, Black Sherif, Victony, BNXN and Buruklyn Boyz. The rising stars gained exposure to new audiences as a result of the programme.
The 26-year-old Kenyan singer Xenia Manasseh has an impressive track record. Some highlights are being credited for a Teyana Taylor song and singing backup for Gloria Estephan. She was also selected to be part of Mr Eazi’s emPawa music program.
Xeniah has been drawn to music from a young age. She fully committed to making music after joining the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The rising star finally moved to Kenya, storming the music scene. She has released a number of projects, including her debut EP Falling Apart. Her various dope collaborations of hit songs have made her presence felt on the scene.
A personal favourite is portion where the star collaborated with Ukweli and Hiribae. Her mellow vocals perfectly blend sonically to capture your attention instantly. Hiphop and Rnb primarily influence Xenia’s music and influences from Jazz and other musical genres.
Since its launch in 2020, Spotify’s Radar programme has continued to elevate artists. It helps rising talent at all stages of their development and strengthening their connection to audiences.
It features the best artists that the African continent has to offer.
Victor Okpala, Spotify’s Artist and Label Partnerships Manager in West Africa described the initiative with the following comments:
“As the music industry continues to evolve, it’s essential to find new ways to support emerging talent and offer them a fair chance at success both on and off the platform. So we are thrilled to welcome Xenia Manasseh, Bloody Civilian, Ria Sean, Tyla, and Baaba J to the RADAR programme.These artists represent the diversity and vibrancy of the African music scene and we are excited to support them as they continue to grow their careers,”
Check out the Radar Africa playlist above and let us know your favorite jams in the comments.