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Best Music of the Week: Runtown, Davido, Vanessa Mdee & More

These are 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.

Runtown "Energy"

Runtown makes a strong return with "Energy," a track that plays like it could be another smash hit for the Sound God. The new single sees him link up with frequent collaborator and beat maker Del'B, who also produced "Mad Over You."

Davido "Like Dat"

Davido's been on a hot streak this year with "If," "Fall," "FIA," and several other drops. He continues that untouchable form with the Shizzi-produced new single "Like Dat."

Vanessa Mdee "Bounce"

Vanessa Mdee's 'Bounce' will jump start any playlist. The Tanzanian star and all-around boss is back with another hit track featuring Maua Sama and Tommy Flavour. "Bounce" is available now across all platforms from Okaymusic.

Praiz "Show Me Love"

X3M Music's star vocalist Praiz drops "Show Me Love," a highly-addictive tune tailor made for end of year festivities.

Nu Fvnk & Hiribae "254 Dip"

East African Wave's Nu Fvnk and Hiribae are onto something wild with this new track. The stuttering beat will have you in a complete trance as the artists rep for Kenya (+254 is the country's calling code). "254 Dip" is available across all platforms now.

Maleek Berry "Pon My Mind"

Maleek Berry drops the lead single from his upcoming First Daze of Winter mixtape, a follow-up to his excellent Last Daze of Summer EP. Give "Pon My Mind" a spin above.

Mimi Mars "Sitamani"

Tanzania's Mimi Mars continues to impress with her latest single, "Sitamani," which takes a house-inspired beat to higher places. "Sitamani" is available everywhere now.

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.


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Stella Mwangi. Image courtesy of the artist.

Stella Mwangi: Hip-Hop Saved My Life as an African Growing Up in Norway

The Kenyan-Norwegian rapper speaks about the Hollywood hustle, the potential of East African music and what she's dropping next.

If it seems like Stella Mwangi is everywhere these days, that's understandable. It's nearly impossible to see all the rings she's throwing her hat into: her songs are getting featured in Hollywood and across commercials, films and movie trailers.

There's a reason why it's possible to stay on such a grind, to make it work after more than a decade in the rap game, and that's an underlying theme with much of what the Kenyan-Norwegian artist, who also goes by STL, does. She's charged with an incomprehensible current that would have burned out other artists. Even as I caught up with her, she was hours away from taking a flight to the filming of a reality cooking competitions in Norway.

So what is on deck for Stella Mwangi? As it turns out, seemingly everything.

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This South African DJ Is Creating a List of Toxic Men in the Industry She Won't Work With

DJ ANG is taking a stand against sexual harassment in the music industry by calling out toxic artists.

August is Women's Month in South Africa, and women around the country are using the opportunity to stand up against femicide, gender violence and sexual harassment on a national level.

There are many ways to protest, and South African DJ and head of SheSaidSo South Africa, Angela Weickl, also known as ANG is carrying out her own demonstration against sexual harassment in the music industry by calling toxic artists out by name and refusing to work alongside them.

"I will be including a list in every booking agreement from now onwards," the artist wrote on Facebook. "This list will be of artists who I refuse to be on a line up with due to their toxic and harmful behaviour. I will not share the spaces where we work to promote diversity, inclusion and safety, with people who harm and disrespect us. If a venue or promoter cannot understand my choice, then I choose not to associate with them."

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Watch the Trailer for 'La Negrada'—Mexico's First Feature Film with an All-Black Cast

The beautifully-shot film snagged the cinematography award at the 2018 Guadalajara International Film Festival.

This August, OkayAfrica shines a light on the connections between Africa and the Latin-American world. Whether it's the music, politics or intellectual traditions, Africans have long been at the forefront of Latino culture, but they haven't always gotten the recognition. We explore the history of Afro-Latino identity and its connection to the motherland.

This new film that recently premiered in Mexico City has made history in the Latin American film world.

La Negrada, directed by Jorge Pérez Solano, is Mexico's first fiction film portraying the Afro-Mexican population, REMEZCLA reports.

Contributing to the slow, but long overdue recognition of Afro-Latino communities on the big screen, La Negrada tells the story of two women, Juana and Magdalena, who are both romantically involved with the same man, Neri. The film was shot throughout Costa Chica—a region that spans along the coast of Guerrero and Oaxaca that's home to the highest concentration of Afro-descendants in Mexico—as Solano enlisted locals and non-professional actors to star in the film.

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