In the UK, October is ‘Black History Month’, a celebration of the contributions made by black Britons down the years. Apple is celebrating the month too with what it’s describing as a ‘superroom’ on Apple Music. It includes guest playlists from black British artists including Beverley Knight, Slick Rick, Jorja Smith, Craig David, Mabel and Wretch 32, as well as a dedicated 100-track ‘A History of Black British Music’ playlist compiled by journalist Tshepo Mokoena, editorial director at Vice. She’s also written some notes on various genres and scenes to accompany a selection of albums, from jungle and garage pioneers to Caribbean sounds, UK grime and rap, and Afropop influences.
“Black history is 24/7 365 – but I’m glad Apple are contributing towards BHM with a special page packed full of black British culture. We’re putting it front & centre in front of our audience,” tweeted Austin Daboh, Apple Music’s head of editorial for UK & Ireland, who joined recently from Spotify.