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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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Hair By Susy and OkayAfrica Present 'Lady,' a Celebration of Women, Hair and Individuality

We speak with hair artist Susy Oludele about her coffee table book "Lady," ahead of its upcoming exhibit at Okay Space.

Lady is the upcoming coffee book by Brooklyn-based celebrity hairstylist and owner of Hair by Susy, Susy Oludele—also known as African Creature—that will celebrate black hair in all of its beautiful complexity.

The Nigerian-American hair artist was inspired by the Fela Kuti classic by the same name when she envisioned the project—reclaiming the title as a symbol for unbridled artistic expression and bold, feminine energy. Within its pages, you'll find stunning curated images and storytelling that offer a medley of visual inspiration.

Digital copies of the book are available now for pre-order and physical copies of Lady will be available on November 8th (Susy's Birthday!), followed by an interactive exhibit at Okay Space on November 10. The event will explore African hair in the workplace with the critical goal of "empowering, inspiring, and engaging a diverse audience in the importance of representation, identity, and individuality." You can RSVP for the event here.

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Medicine For The Soul: Anatii Finds His Sound on His Soothing New Album ‘Iyeza’

Iyeza is the sound of a day turning into a gorgeous twilight.

Iyeza is a masterpiece. It's music for the soul, with Anatii providing an intensely healing listen, which is fitting, considering the album title literally means "medicine" or "anti-dote."

The album contains percussion, chants, guitars, bass lines and melodies associated with an array of sounds. There are elements of everything from gospel, maskandi and mbhaqanga to hints of Afropop and hip-hop. Anatii follows the path taken by South African artist such as Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, Sjava, Mlindo The Vocalist and Bongeziwe Mabandla in fusing elements of traditional South African music with newer sounds.

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Black Twitter's Reactions To Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's #RoyalBaby Announcement Are Too Funny

Congrats are in order, but first to Black Twitter for continuing to hold it down with the jokes.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duchess and Duke of Sussex, have been the internet's brief moment of mindless, happy news since they became engaged, then married earlier this year.

Kensington Palace took to Twitter again this morning to announce that the couple will be expecting their first bundle of joy next spring.

Since the LA-native and former star of Suits made her way into the royal family, Black Twitter has had no shame sharing their hilarious thoughts and commentary, and the pregnancy announcement has been no different.

Have a laugh and take a look at some of our favorite reactions from them below.

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