Apple Music Launches First Ever Playlist for Deaf People

Written by Festus Destiny

09/21/2021 12:49 PM

There has been progress in the inclusion of deaf people in Apple Music as it recently launched its first-ever playlist.

According to Apple,

 

In celebration of the original Apple TV+ film CODA, this playlist is curated specifically by Deaf people. We’ve asked Deaf contributors across the country about how they experience music and what it means to them, and have compiled a few of their favourite songs and the reasons why these resonate for them so deeply.

 

Nico DiMarco, DJ, Washington, D.C.

Eminem, “Without Me”

“I may not have heard the lyrics, but I quickly realized from the rhythm and beat that this track was one of my favourites, and it’s still a favourite of mine today.”

 

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Jessica Flores, comedian, San Francisco

The Luniz, “I Got 5 on It”

“I first heard this song when I was 13, but without being able to hear the words, I couldn’t figure out the title or artist. Years later, this song started playing at a house party and my eyes lit up. Even though I still couldn’t hear the words, it was pretty dope that I still remembered the feeling of the beat.”

 

Matt Maxey, founder of DEAFinitely Dope, Atlanta

Kirk Franklin, “Brighter Day”

“This song right here, no matter what I’m going through in life, it always puts a smile on my face, gets me dancing and enjoying life in a more positive light.”

 

Savannah Dahan, performance artist, Maryland

Sean Forbes, “Little Victories”

“Sean is a Deaf artist that makes music and I love dancing to his songs! This song has an amazing beat; it inspires me and makes me feel that I can do anything. “

 

Jacelyn Fincher, student, Washington, D.C.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “Señorita”

“I love hearing Camila’s voice. It’s so high-pitched and satisfying in my ear, and I can clearly hear what she is saying once I memorized the lyrics by watching [the music video].”

 

Additional curators: Chrissy Marshall, Destiny Lopez, Giovanni Maucere, Lark Detweiler, Rosa Lee Timm, Sean Forbes, Shaeeem Sanchez, Sheena Lyles, and TreShelle Edmond.

The news was received with a statement that revealed that one needs more than ears to enjoy the symphony of good music. For deaf people, dancing, and vibration are delicate ways that they can experience the magic of music.

So, if you have a friend who suffers from any auditory situation, you can tell them the good news. As they can now tap their feet to the vibration and rhythm of music beats.

 


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