Spotify celebrates Teni as EQUAL Africa ambassador for August

Spotify has today announced Teniola Apata, popularly known as Teni, as its EQUAL Africa artist for the month of August.

Since her arrival on the Nigerian music scene, the award-winning Nigerian songwriter, singer, performer, actress and social media sensation has become one of the most sought-after names in the African music sphere.

This recognition comes as part of Spotify’s ongoing commitment to promoting diversity and equality in the music industry and celebrating talented female artists from diverse backgrounds.  Teni’s selection as EQUAL Africa ambassador further solidifies her position as one of Africa’s leading musical talents.

“We are delighted to have Teni as our EQUAL Africa programme ambassador for August” says Spotify’s Head of Music for Sub-Saharan Africa, Phiona Okumu. “The uniqueness of her music, dedication to her craft and growing fandom truly spotlights her as an inspiration in the African music scene. Celebrating Teni and her musical journey definitely aligns with our commitment to recognising the unique experiences of female artists through their music; from all corners of the continent.”

Teni released her first single, Fargin in 2017, and has since built an impressive catalogue comprising three musical projects, and popular tracks such as Wait, Askamaya, Uyomeyo, Billionaire For You and more. Her recent release, No Days Off, off her upcoming album in the fall of 2023 was listed as one of the best songs of 2023 by Rolling Stone.

Fondly referred to by fans as Makanaki or Sugar Mummy, the multi-talented singer is highly versatile and effortlessly moves across genres from Afrobeats, pop, RnB and more. Her music is influenced by King Wasiu Ayinde, King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Osita Osadebe and Dolly Parton.

As an EQUAL Africa artist, Teni will be featured prominently on the Spotify platform, offering her fans and music enthusiasts across the globe the opportunity to delve into her rich musical catalogue, gaining a deeper appreciation for her exceptional talent and contributions to the music industry.

Teni says, “To be honest, it’s not easy but thanks to initiatives like the EQM program which helps to spotlight more female talents, we can make more progress. I’ll keep using my platform to push and make space for opportunities like these to help more female talents to thrive.”

Her infectious energy, unique vocal prowess, and captivating melodies have earned her numerous nominations and awards both home and abroad.

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