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Screengrab from Kendrick Lamar & SZA's "All The Stars."

Best Music of the Week: Kendrick x SZA, Niniola, Ibeyi, Muthoni Drummer Queen & More

The songs you need to hear this week.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.


Kendrick Lamar & SZA "All the Stars" for 'Black Panther'

Kendrick Lamar and SZA's incredible video for "All the Stars," the lead single from the TDE-produced Black Panther soundtrack finds a way to touch on all corners of the African continent—from Congolese sapeurs to kente from Ghana.

Read about all of the video's African references here.

Niniola "Oyin" + "Maradona" SA cover

South African producer Eternal's cover of Nigerian singer Niniola's hit single "Maradona" has gone viral. The cover features Eastern Cape born vocalist Amanda Faku, who was a contestant on The Voice SA last year. She sings her vocals in IsiXhosa. Niniola's also dropped a new addictive video and single for "Oyin."

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Ibeyi's Tiny Desk Concert

Ibeyi are the latest artists to appear on NPR's Tiny Desk concert series. The French-Cuban duo performed stripped down versions of four of their songs including "Oddudua," which the twins sing in Yoruba, "Deathless," "Valé," and "Transmission/Michaelion," from their 2017 album Ash.

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Kae Sun "Treehouse"

Canadian-based Ghanaian singer and songwriter Kae Sun premiered music video for "Treehouse," a dark-yet-uplifting anthem for late nights and early mornings inspired by his neighborhood in Accra.

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LeriQ & Odunsi the Engine "Start All Over"

Nigerian producer and songwriter LeriQ—the man behind the beats on Burna Boy's solid debut albumL.I.F.E - Leaving an Impact for Eternity and his Redemption EP—teams up with Odunsi for this ultra smooth Nigerian R&B jam, "Start All Over."

"Start All Over" is available now from Okaymusic.

Muzi "Chocolate Dreams" feat. Una Rams & Saint Seaba

South African producer Muzi drops the video for"Chocolate Dreams," a catchy afrobeats-meets-pop song that features rising SA singer Una Rams and Nigerian producer and singer Saint Seaba.

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Muthoni Drummer Queen "Lover"

"Lover," the new single from Kenya's Muthoni Drummer Queen, is a buoyant, synth-lead anthem that tells the story of a proud and unapologetic transgender woman who, as Muthoni's team writes, "is experiencing the power and beauty of womanhood while basically having the sex of her life."

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Kobi Onyame "Still We Rise" feat. Wanlov the Kubolor

UK-based Ghanaian artist Kobi Onyame links up another fellow Ghanaian, Wanlov the Kubolor of FOKN Bois fame, for a hazy trip through the mountains of Ghana in "Still We Rise," a song about staying on your grind.

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Patoranking "Available"

Nigeria's Patoranking showcases the ever-growing influence of South Africa's gqom in the new music video for his single, "Available."

Montess "Ma Booi"

Cameroonian diva Montess comes through with "Ma Booi," an addictive, synth-lead single about being in love with her man.

"Ma Booi" is available across all platforms from Okaymusic.

Sean Tizzle "Kpro Kpro"

Sean Tizzle has a song that could sound track any and all of your upcoming parties. The new video for "Kpro Kpro" was shot and directed by Ademola Falomo in Lagos, Nigeria.

Mr P "My Way"

Mr P (Peter Okoye formerly of P-Square) gets his Kanye in "Can't Tell Me Nothing" on his new desert video for "My Way."

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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