YouTube has announced its third music cohort, the #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2023, including 40 artists, songwriters, and producers from around the world.
Nigeria’s Asake and BNXN, Ghana’s Gyakie, Kenya’s Ukweli, South Africa’s Kamo Mphela and MashBeatz, and British-Ghanaian DJ and producer Juls made the list. The YouTube Black Voices Fund, which was introduced in 2020, is a multi-year, global commitment by the company to prioritise and support Black creators and artists on its platform, as well as create and acquire new YouTube Original programmes that are centred on racial justice and Black experiences.
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Furthermore, YouTube will work closely with the class of 2023 in the coming months to help them develop their channels on the platform. These musicians will also have the opportunity to participate in bespoke training, workshops, and networking programs.
The Class of 2023 list of artists, songwriters and producers includes Coco Jones, Babyface Ray, Larry June, Yvngxchris, Armani White, Yves Tumor, MIKE, Chicocurlyhead, Tempest, Madeline Edwards, TOBi, Honey Dijon, Unknown T, Nova Twins, Kali Claire, Rincon Sapiência, Black Pantera, Karen Francis, BLESSED, BNXN, Asake, Gyakie, and Kamo Mphela, along with songwriters and producers including Tayla Parx, Take A Daytrip, MarcLo, Jozzy, Tiffany Red, Hitkidd, Kal Banx, NGLISH, Soaky Siren, Jin Jin, Juls, Carla Marie, MashBeatz, Ukweli, TH4I, A.B. Original, and Tia Gostelow.
Meanwhile, singing sensation, Gyakie becomes the only Ghanaian female artiste in addition to Ghanaian producer, Juls, to be named amongst a myriad of Black Creators from all parts of the world.