Apple Music recently announced their 'Soul September' playlist curated by a select few R&B artists. With the rise of R&B artists in the mainstream and underground alike, it's great to see the genre been given such a huge platform to shine. Each playlist includes songs that have shaped and inspired this crop of R&B artists. Check out the playlists below.
“For my Apple Music playlist, I put together a collection of songs to fall in love to, dance to, sing along to and listen to whilst driving along the coast or through the city. This music tells the artists’ stories so beautifully, creating a listening experience of healing, comfort and freedom. I feel inspired when I listen to these artists, moved by the sounds of Rhythm and Blues, from old school classics to new school bangers - these songs make me feel alive.” - Nalu
“I chose these songs for my Apple Music playlist because R&B is all about making people feel. All these songs are so beautiful and make me feel, with every listen. Some have made me cry and some have made me smile. But they all made me feel something. That's why I love them." - Joda Kgosi
“This Apple Music playlist includes songs from my family, Mwanjé & Titose, to R&B legends such as Prince, Laura Mvula and Jazmine Sullivan, who have inspired me to be the artist I am today. Soul music is a part of my DNA and a world where vocal acrobatics, heart-wrenching lyrics and grit and sass live, and I am all for it. These songs make me happy, sad, emotional, in love — they make me feel human, and I am forever indebted to these artists for making me feel." - Moonga K.
“This playlist for Apple Music is a compilation of soulful sounds that have shaped and inspired my love for soul and R&B over the last 27 years. We explore this sound through music of the past and close it off with the artists who continue to pioneer this sound presently.” - Langa Mavuso
“These songs for my Apple Music playlist are a constant source of inspiration, reflection, release and joy. They’ve inspired me to be true to my essence as an artist but most importantly as a human being and a woman. These are some of the songs I grew up listening to as well as some of the best records and artists SA has to offer. These artists have shown me how multi-dimensional the genre is and can be. I’m no longer afraid to experiment with sounds, tempos and influences. These songs have inspired me to push the boundaries every time I step into the booth.” - Hunter Rose