Spotify’s female fans are finding purpose through inspirational content

August 17, 2021

When the national lockdown was first announced, no one could have imagined that nearly 17 months later, we would still be navigating life in a global pandemic. Over this period, many have single-handedly had to learn how to traverse what may become some of the greatest challenges they will ever have to face.

However, amongst the chaos has also risen a sense of self. A lot of people are using this opportunity to reflect and conduct somewhat of a ‘life audit’ and allowing themselves to reflect and regroup on those things most important to them.  

Finding a sense of purpose and remaining confidently grounded in who and what we are, are themes that have grown in interest over the period. This is most evident in the types of podcast content that have found favour amongst Spotify’s local female listeners who have turned to motivation, self-care and self-improvement themed podcasts to keep them inspired.  

Based on the most popular podcasts currently streamed by women locally on SpoThis Women’s Month, Spotify is showcasing how female fans and listeners are finding purpose through inspirational podcast content on the platform.tify, Jay Shetty’s series of conversations with inspirational guests are both ideal examples of motivating content for anyone seeking direction and focus. Listen to ‘On Purpose with Jay Shetty’ and ‘The Mindset Mentor’ by Rob Dial, whose philosophy ‘when you master your mindset you master your life’ is a great motivator.

There has also been gravitation towards women-led podcasts. Women empowering women by drawing inspiration from podcasts such as Oprah’s ‘Super Soul’, which encourages listeners to awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around us. Additional popular choices include:

  •  ‘The Self Love Fix’ by Beatrice Kamau targets, predominantly, women of colour to delve into developing greater self-love and self-esteem by addressing the obstacles they face. 
  •  ‘Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain’ whose frank open observations are a refreshing take on topics ranging from job loss to grief. These have been topical throughout the pandemic, to peace and purpose.
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The Equal Hub on Spotify is a platform dedicated solely on shining the light on female creators.

Giving a voice to female creators 

The past year has also brought challenges to the music community with creators facing fewer opportunities to showcase their craft. This has compounded the already existing trials faced by female creators, highlighting the need for more support.

To give female creators a voice, Spotify launched the EQUAL Music Program. It is a platform dedicated solely to shining a spotlight on women artists and podcast creators both locally and internationally. 

Since the launch of EQUAL earlier this year, Spotify has added three African female artists to the roster including: 

  • Ghanaian Afrobeats and Afro-fusion singer Gyakie
  • Rwandan-Ugandan jazz singer and songwriter Somi  
  • Moroccan singer, songwriter and composer Rhita Nattah

Now, Spotify has announced Sylvia Saru, popularly known as Ssaru, as the latest artist to join the program. At just 19 years old, the Kenyan-born rapper and singer-songwriter is the youngest artist in the EQUAL program and one of the first women to venture into Kenya’s popular Gengetone genre. Ssaru, who made her mark in the industry after her freestyles went viral, currently features on Spotify’s flagship playlist Gengetone Fire that highlights the hottest artists and tracks of the genre coming out of Kenya. 

Ssaru joins the program’s stellar roster of creators who will be spotlighted through global partnerships, activations, new content experiences, and on and off-platform support.

This Women’s Month, Spotify continues to support and celebrate all its female creators across the platform. On Spotify’s EQUAL Hub, offering playlists such as Women of R&B featuring the past and present queens of R&B, Women of the Blues and more.

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