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Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Phyno, Major Lazer, Banky W & More

Hear the best tracks of the week featuring Banky W, Odunsi, Major Lazer and more.

DIASPORA—At the end of every week, we highlight the creme of the crop in music and round up the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks in a Weekend Playlist for you.


Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlist on Apple Music to get immediate updates every Friday and read about some of our weekend selections ahead.

Phyno x Burna Boy x M.I

Phyno rolls through with the music video for "Link Up," one of the highlights from his album The Playmaker. This one's a turn-up joint, which boasts some high-level features from Burna Boy and M.I.

Major Lazer "Run Up" (Afrosmash Remix)

Diplo, who was recently in Lagos for Gidi Fest, comes through with an 'Afrosmash' remix of his group Major Lazer's "Run Up." The summertime track, which originally featured Partynextdoor and Nicki Minaj, gets a heavy infusion of afrobeats from Chopstix, Skales and Yung L.

Banky W "Kololo"

Fresh off London's One Africa Music Fest, Banky W drops the new music video for "Kololo," which he mentions was "Inspired by, and shot in Dubai."

Odunsi "Desire"

Odunsi is one of the producers transforming Nigerian music. He just shared the new music video for "Desire," his buzzing single with Funbi and Tay Iwar. Make sure to check out Odunsi's his latest EP with Nonso Amadi.

Young Paris "China"

Young Paris rolls through with the revamped single, "China," which was originally featured on his Afrobeats EP. The single, produced by Rancido, is definitely one for the dance floor.

Korede Bello "Butterfly"

Korede Bello’s new album, Belloved, is pop excellence. "Butterfly," one of the standout romantic tracks from that record, gets the music video treatment above.

Kinté "Oubliez"

Finally, check out this wavy track from Ivorian-NYC newcomer Kinté. He mentions that “Oubliez,” which means to forget in French, was written out of frustration at Africa’s political chaos. More than anything, it's a message of unity.

Follow our ‘Songs You Need to Hear’ playlist on Apple Music for weekly updates of new music.

This Is the Best Music Video You'll See All Month

Cherrie boosts up Somalia & Mogadishu in her music video for "163 För Evigt," featuring Z.E.

Cherrie is a buzzing Somali-Swedish singer whose music we've previously premiered and featured in a Songs By Somali Singers & Rappers You Should Listen to This Summer.

The R&B artist recently dropped the amazing video for "163 För Evigt" ("163 Forever") and, despite her singing in Swedish, the track's been blowing up online across both sides of the Atlantic, being posted in several Instagrams, Tweets and everything in between.

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DJ Spinall assembles afrobeats' biggest names for his new album, 'Dreams.'

For his third album, Dreams, DJ Spinall assembles some of afrobeats' biggest names.

The first track features Niniola, who's made house music her mainstay, keeping her fashionably out of step with whatever is on-trend. "Thinking About Your Love" might be reminiscent of Kenny Thomas' 1991 song of the same title, but save for this phrase and accompanying melody, the song is very much Niniola's particular way of grafting Yoruba and Nigerian English onto South African house.

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Photo courtesy of Art X Lagos.

Art X Lagos: West Africa's International Art Fair Returns Bigger and Bolder

We catch up with Art X Lagos founder Tokini Peterside on what to look forward to as West Africa's international art fair returns November 3.

One of West Africa's largest art fairs, Art X Lagos, is back for its second installment with bigger and bolder offerings. The three day event running from November 3 to 5 will showcase contemporary African art from 15 countries and feature 14 galleries representing African artists on the continent and the diaspora.

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