Deezer, the world’s most personal music streaming service, has unveiled the second round of Deezer NEXT 2018 artists, with Zak Abel featuring alongside R&B singer Jorja Smith as global priority acts for this year. Regional acts have also been selected at the same time with Deezer NEXT highlighting Kimosabe as the standout act from Africa.

This is the second year of Deezer NEXT, with its first 2018 installment in January. Over the following 12 months, Deezer will continue to champion and announce more emerging talent from around the globe. Artists involved will receive profile development, playlisting support and take part in creative artist marketing campaigns.


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Deezer is proud to present Kimosabe, as the selected artist for Deezer NEXT South Africa. The Xhosa speaking alternative R&B star made a name for himself as major feature performer before being signed to David Gresham Records in 2017. Kimosabe will be releasing his debut album in 2018 and is tipped to be one of the major breakthrough acts from Africa this year.

Kimosabe commented: “I love consuming music just as much as I love making it, so when I was selected for Deezer Next, I was excited and in disbelief. As musicians, I believe that our greatest satisfaction comes from having an audience for our art, no matter how small that audience is in the beginning. With Deezer Next, the audience becomes bigger as the world gets smaller. I’m truly honored that I have been selected for such a great platform to showcase my craft to the world, alongside amazing artists from around the world. And it just hit me now – this is happening!”

Sulinna Ong, Deezer Global Vice President – Artist Marketing comments: “Talent can come from anywhere, and with Deezer Next 2018 we are excited to find and support emerging artists from as far afield as Singapore to Brazil. People’s tastes are becoming wider and more diverse. Streaming is now the primary way that people are discovering new music and with Deezer Next we can use that potential to give exposure to these developing artists and help build their careers.”

Sotiris Moldovanos, Deezer Music Editor for Africa comments: “Kimosabe is a dynamic, multi-talented, artist whose music, rich in soulful melodies, captures a sincere self-expression, and together with his vibrant personality made him an obvious choice for Deezer Next SA”