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Best Music of the Week: Mr Eazi, Maleek Berry, MHD, Burna Boy & 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.


MHD "Afro Trap" Part 10 (Moula Gang)

MHD is the French rapper of Guinean and Senegalese descent who's been leading an "Afro Trap" revolution out of his base in Paris. His latest explosive video for "AFRO TRAP Part.10 (Moula Gang)" features cameos by football stars Mario Balotelli and Hector Belleriín.

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Burna Boy's 'Outside' LP Is Here

Burna Boy's new album, Outside, is here and it's completely worth your time. The highly-anticipated record includes well-received singles like "Sekkle Down" featuring J Hus, "Streets of Africa," and "Heaven's Gate"—an unexpected collaboration with Lily Allen.

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M.O x Mr Eazi "Bad Vibe" feat. Lotto Boyzz

British group M.O link up with Mr Eazi and Lotto Boyzz for this super-addictive afrobeats excursion, "Bad Vibe." M.O tells Fader that the collaborative single "is all about positive vibes and energy."

Uproot Andy & Studio 189's 'Bumper to Bumper'

Trust us, you really need these remixes of Mr Eazi, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B and many others in your life. Uproot Andy collaborated with Studio 189—the fashion brand and social initiative founded by Rosario Dawson & Abrima Erwiah—on this 16-track remix album of straight fire tracks.

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Maleek Berry "Pon My Mind"

Maleek Berry dropped the new visual for "Pon My Mind," one of the clear highlights off his latest project, First Daze of Winter, which also features popular tracks like "Been Calling."

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Jovi "20 BA"

Cameroonian rap force Jovi comes through with the music video for "20 BA," a booming track with enough punch to beat out your favorite trap rapper.

Read Jovi: 10 Things I Love About Cameroon

Olayinka Ehi 'Story' EP

Nigerian-born, New York City-based Olayinka Ehi shares her debut EP, Story. The artist, who we've covered before for her beautiful cover of Nina Simone, blends Afro-soul and R&B in some very compelling ways throughout these four well-crafted songs.

Tay Iwar "Video Star"

Buzzing Nigerian Tay Iwar rolls through with his first single of the year, "Video Star." Take a hazy, smoke-filled ride led by bumping bass lines and sweet harmonies with the young artist above.

Myme & JazzZ "You"

Definitely keep "You" in mind when putting together that playlist for Valentine's Day. This ultra smooth jam comes courtesy of the Lagos duo formed by the producer Myme and R&B/soul singer JazzZ. Get into it above.

"You" is available across all platforms from Okaymusic.

Ewube "Stay" feat. Locko

Cameroonian dancehall and R&B diva Ewube comes through with the soothing afropop single, "Stay," a top notch collaboration with fellow Cameroonian star Locko.

"Stay" is available on all platforms from Okaymusic.

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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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