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Best Music of the Week: Wizkid, Juls, Adekunle Gold, YoungstaCPT, Nissi & 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.

Wizkid & Starboy Crew "Soco"

Wizkid's first release of 2018 is a banger. Soco" is a Northboi-produced single which sees him team up with three artists off his Starboy label crew: new signee Terri (who got signed recently after tagging Wizkid in an Instagram video), Spotless, and Ceeza Milli.

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Juls "Agoro" feat. Adekunle Gold & Bisa Kdei

The British-Ghanaian producer Juls heads to his grandfather's hometown of Gbese, Jamestown in the new clipfor "Agoro," one of the standout tracks from his Ojekoo EP. The song sees Juls link up with two big names on the scene right now, Nigerian hitmaker Adekunle Goldand Ghana's Bisa Kdei, for an uplifting, guitar-led production.

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YoungstaCPT "Own 2018"

South African rapper YoungstaCPT just released the video for his song "Own 2018." In the video, the rapper carries on parading the trophy he won at the 2017 South African Hip Hop Awards for Lyricist of the Year in different hoods in Cape Town.

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Ras Nebyu "Don't Forget" feat. Corbin Butler & Haile Supreme

Ethiopian-American rapper Ras Nebyu comes through with the visual for "Don't Forget," a track built on one of the smoothest bass lines we've heard in a long while. The single sees Nebyu connecting with rapper/producer Corbin Butler and Haile Supreme. All three are members of the Washington Slizzards, a creative collective of artists coming out of an increasingly flourishing D.C. rap scene.

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Nissi "Familiar"

Burna Boy's sister Nissi comes through with the uplifting new video for "Familiar," arguably her most addictive track to-date which blends an array of electronic, pop and afrobeats influences for an all-out dance affair. Nissi is joined by two dancers in the new clip as she proceeds to kill it with her dance moves—and with those outfits.

"Familiar" is available everywhere now from Okaymusic.

Jojo Abot "Alime" feat. Elo & Vuyo

New York and South Africa-based Ghanaian artist Jojo Abot presents a head-spinning sound she's calling 'psychedelic Gqom' in her new single "Alime." The self-produced single is "a nod of appreciation for the spiritual trance that is South African Gqom, expressed by what a marriage between myself and this sound could create," Abot explains.

Odie "Faith"

Odie is back at it with an industrial afrobeats sound with "Faith," the infectious new single off the producer-cum-singer's upcoming project, Analogue, which is due in the spring.

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Batuk "Move!"

Manteiga and Spoek Mathambo form the music collective called BATUK.The Johannesburg-based group are back with a new single & music video for "Move!," an ode to the township roots that shaped them.

Stogie T "Honey and Pain" feat. Mike Classic

In the new video for his single "Honey and Pain," South African lyricist Stogie T gives us a glimpse into his travels and adventures. The video is a collation of clips of the rapper from a few years ago, in different places—South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Nigeria, Canada and France, among a few others.

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Flappy & Ramos "Lokere"

You all remember Flappy, the "Coded Level" crooner. He's now dropping "Lokere," another high-energy tune to blast across the streets of Lagos. It features his manager and label C.E.O. Ramos.

"Lokere" is available everywhere from Okaymusic.

Vumomsé "Shake Body" feat. B-Gahns

Vumomsé comes through with an uplifting single in "Shake Body," a dance collaboration with US gospel rapper B-Gahns. "We're spreading the celebration and happy vibe all over the neighborhoods, villages, cities, towns, and the world over," Vumosé mentions.

"Shake Body" is available everywhere now from Okaymusic

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(From left to right) Stéphane Bak and Marc Zinga in 'The Mercy of the Jungle.' Photo courtesy of TIFF.

Congolese Actor Stéphane Bak on His Intense Experience Shooting 'The Mercy of the Jungle' In Uganda

We catch up with the actor after the film made its North American premiere at TIFF.

When actor Stéphane Bak first got the script for The Mercy of the Jungle (La Miséricorde de la Jungle), he knew there was one person he had to consult: his father. "My dad did school me about this," he says. While Bak was born and raised in France, his parents had emigrated from what was then Zaire in the 1980s—before the events of the movie, and not exactly in the same area, but close enough to be able to pass on firsthand knowledge of the simmering ethnic tensions that underpin the action.

The story takes place in 1998, just after the outbreak of the Second Congo War—which came hot on the heels of the First Congo War. Two Rwandan soldiers find themselves separated from their company and have to make a harrowing trek through the jungle to link back up with their regiment. Bak plays Private Faustin, the young recruit hunting Hutu rebels to avenge his murdered family, a foil to Marc Zinga's seasoned Sergeant Xavier. As a Congolese militia swarms the area, and it becomes increasingly difficult to tell enemies from friends, the two are forced off the road and into the thick vegetation.

Their journey is physically difficult, but the jungle also nurtures them, providing food, water, and shelter. "The title is very explicit in a way," says Bak. It is the human beings they encounter, from rival soldiers and militiamen to the hostile security forces guarding illegal gold mining operations, who bring sudden danger and violence. The challenges are conveyed as much through the actors' physicality as through the minimal dialogue. As for the strain on his face, Bak says it was all real. "To be honest, it was very difficult," he says of the shoot, which took him 25 days. "I had to learn my accent in two weeks." Prior to commencing, there was training with the Ugandan army for realism. Due to the ongoing conflicts in the DRC, the movie itself was shot in Uganda.

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Brazil Has Made Yoruba an Official Language

The language will also be incorporated into primary and secondary school curriculum in the country, says the Minister of Culture.

Yoruba history and culture has an undeniably strong presence in Brazilian society, due of course, to the Transatlantic slave trade which brought millions of enslaved West Africans to the Americas. Despite the inhumanity they faced, many managed to keep their ancestral culture and traditions alive.

Centuries have passed, and Yoruba influences still continue to thrive in various regions of the country, as many Brazilians maintain a strong relationship with the language and religion. Its influence can be seen through the music, food and spiritual practices of various communities. Last month the Ooni of Ife—the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people—visited the country, where he was met by crowds of Black Brazilians who turned up to pay their respects.

This connection will likely remain strong for future generations, as the language has now become an official foreign language in the country.

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Brazil's Minister of Culture, Dr. Sérgio Sá Leitão, has said that the language will now be incorporated into primary and secondary school curriculum, reports the Nigerian Voice.

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This EP Blends the Afro-Brazilian Rhythms of Bahia With Bass Music

Get into Telefunksoul and Felipe Pomar's Ré_Con Ba$$ EP.

Brazilian producers Felipe Pomar (of TrapFunk & Alivio) and Telefunksoul come through with a dizzyingly energetic EP in the form of Ré_Con Ba$$.

Telefunksoul, who happens to be one of the main promoters of Bahia Bass music, came up with the concept of exploring the rhythms coming out of Recôncavo of Bahia and showing how they can fit into bass music.

Through the 7-track Ré_Con Ba$$ EP, him and Pomar mold and transform the diverse music of Bahia, fusing its rhythms with afrobeat, future house, deep house and much more.

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