Apple Music at the moment announced Joburg primarily based singer-songwriter Ciza (actual title Nkululeko Nciza) as its newest Up Next South Africa artist.

“The music I make is a reflection of the decisions and sacrifices I have made as an artist and it’s an honour to have that recognised by Apple Music. My debut EP is about merging different African genres and creating a sound anyone can listen to. My music represents African love and the different ways to express it through the different lingos I use throughout the EP. This music is not just African, it’s universal”.

The son of Mafikizolo lead singer, Nhlanhla Nciza, and SA music mogul, TK Nciza, Ciza grew up surrounded and influenced by a number of the nation’s largest artists like DJ Maphorisa, Zahara, DJ Sbu, AKA, Mafikizolo, ProKid, and Robbie Malinga.


Influenced by the brand new age Afrobeats fusion melodies of Davido, Wizkid and Burna Boy, Ciza has prioritised adapting his African-rooted sounds and tales for a Gen Z viewers, with the intention of taking them international.

With his debut single “Come Alive” (2020) reaching #1 on the SA Radio Charts, Ciza’s comply with up single “Adje”(2020) capitalised on this success, notching up over 1 million views on Youtube and breaking throughout Europe, that includes on BBC Extra 1’s Afro-pop chart. 

Ciza’s debut EP, Golden Boy Pack (2021), was created throughout lockdown and is meant to deliver a way of pleasure and reduction to those that have suffered in the course of the ongoing pandemic. Featuring DJ Maphorisa, Marioo, Major League, and Abidoza, Ciza’s intention together with his debut EP is to spark a dance get together and evoke emotions of joyfulness, whereas celebrating African delight on a worldwide scale. 

As the most recent Up Next artist to be spotlighted in South Africa, Ciza shall be featured throughout Apple Music’s South African Up Next playlist The curated Up Next playlist includes a dynamic class of latest and rising artists, thoughtfully hand-picked by Apple Music editors from world wide. The playlist is style agnostic and represents a line-up of artists that their international editors are obsessed with and keen to show to a bigger viewers. 

The huge international Up Next roster of previous expertise contains Grammy-nominated and critically lauded expertise like 6lack, Daniel Caesar, H.E.R., Greta Van Fleet, Khalid, Amy Shark, Billie Eilish, Sabrina Claudio, Sigrid, Mr Eazi, Stefflon Don, Bad Bunny, Juice WLRD, Bazzi, Jax Jones, NCT 127, Summer Walker, Tierra Whack, Dean Lewis, Pink Sweat$, Koffee, Megan Thee Stallion, Burna Boy, Clairo, Lunay, Jessie Reyez, Orville Peck, Victoria Monét, Ingrid Andress, Conan Gray, Don Toliver, Rema, BENEE, Holly Humberstone, Natanael Cano, Givēon, beabadoobee, Arlo Parks, Tate McRae and Fousheé.

About Apple Music

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