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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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The Ethiopian Government Has Asked Olympic Runner In Exile, Feyisa Lilesa, to Return Home

After two years in exile, the Olympic athlete will return home and receive a "hero's welcome."

Feyisa Lilesa, the Ethiopian runner who went into exile in 2016 after bravely protesting the Ethiopian government's brutal treatment of its Oromo population at the Rio Olympics, has been invited to return to home.

After living in self-imposed exile United States for two years the marathoner, who demonstrated by crossing his fists as he reached the finish line and claimed the silver medal, has been extended an offer to return to his homeland and compete for his country once again by the Ethiopian Athletics Federation and the country's Olympic committee. According to VOA News, the runner will return home in the coming weeks with his wife and children.

"Athlete Feyisa Lilesa has scored great results at the Rio Olympics and other athletics competitions enabling Ethiopia's flag to be hoisted to great heights," read a joint letter from the two athletics organizations.

"We want Lilesa to return to his home country to resume his athletics competition and upon his return we are prepared to give him a hero's welcome."

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Could Justice Finally Be on the Horizon for Marikana Massacre Families?

New evidence suggests that the police intended to kill all along.

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the Marikana Massacre, when 34 mine-workers were gunned down by police after several days of wage disputes at Lonmin Mine in Rustenburg, North West province. New information was recently uncovered that undermines the police's longstanding claim that they acted in self-defence. If anything, it is a glimmer of hope for the families of the victims that remain left behind in the aftermath of that tragedy.

It was the worst mass civilian killing since the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, where South African protesters were killed for opposing the Apartheid regime. The Marikana Massacre, in contrast, was the tragic consequence of week-long wage disputes and clashes between miners and the South African police.

While media footage appears to show the miners as the victims, police have always argued that they were acting in self defence. Consequently no officers involved have been charged. Instead, the surviving mineworkers face murder charges under the doctrine of common purpose. But unnerving facts have come to light that seem to make the police argument even less likely. This includes the ordering of 4000 rounds of live ammunition and several vans from the mortuary the day before the massacre.

I cannot even begin to unpack my anger and frustration at this terrible irony.

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Remembering Aretha Franklin and Her Heartfelt Connection With Nelson Mandela

In honor of the Queen of Soul's immeasurable impact, we revisit her passionate support of Nelson Mandela, and the anti-apartheid movement, through her musical tributes.

Iconic singer, Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul" passed away on Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Franklin was considered by many to be the greatest singer of all time. Her influence on popular music cannot be overstated. The legendary artist sold 75 million records and earned 18 Grammys in a career spanning six decades and she was influential in many global social movements as well.

Having been a widely-embraced public figure for so long, Franklin was present for some of the biggest events of the 20th century, including the funeral of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990.

Upon Mandela's release, the singer played a unique role in welcoming him to the States by performing at a freedom rally in his honor in Detroit. Rosa Parks, Jesse Jackson and Stevie Wonder were also in attendance for the historic night. During the celebration, Franklin called the anti-apartheid leader on stage, where he spoke about listening to and appreciating "the Detroit, Motown Sound" while he was in prison.

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