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Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Tiwa Savage, Popcaan x Davido, 2Baba & More

The songs you need to hear this week featuring a new collaboration from Popcaan and Davido, Wizkid and more.

DIASPORA—At the end of every week, we highlight the creme of the crop in music and round up the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks in a Weekend Playlist for you.


Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlist on Apple Music to get immediate updates every Friday and read about some of our weekend selections ahead.

Popcaan x Davido

Major collaboration alert: Jamaican dancehall star Popcaan links up with Davido for "My Story," a new joint single in which they sing about Snapchatting a girl (which will soon be Instagram story-ing a girl), among other things. Check out the Spotify and Apple Music streams above and below, plus purchase the track it on iTunes.

2Baba "Amplifier"

Nigerian superstar 2Baba is officially releasing his highlife single,"Amplifier." The new track, built on choppy synthesizers and and addictive beat, is tailor made for club dance floors across the globe. "Amplifier" was originally included in DJ Jimmy Jatt's Royal Highness; The Ultimate 2Baba Mega Mix. You can buy the song on iTunes now.

Songhoy Blues "Mali Nord"

Malian rock group Songhoy Blues are set to drop their sophomore album, Résistance, on June 16. In "Mali Nord," their latest single off that upcoming LP, they join forces with Elf Kid for a song about refugees and the immigrant experience. The band themselves were exiled out of their homes in Northern Mali after extremists took over.

Tiwa Savage "All Over"

Tiwa Savage's "All Over" is nothing but catchy. The reigning "queen of afrobeats" comes through with a new, Miami-shot beachside video for her buzzing single just in time for summer. Check out the Patrick Ellis-directed clip above.

Kranium "Can't Believe" feat. Wizkid & Ty Dolla $ign

Starboy Wizkid drops a verse in "Can't Believe," a track that we envision getting lots of airplay at parties across the hemispheres. The new single is by New York dancehall heavyweight Kranium and features Ty Dolla $ign to round things out.

Mélat "Negn (I Am)"

Ethiopian singer Mélat is in a meditative mood in her latest single "Negn." The track, sung entirely in Amharic, is an homage to her background and identity. You can find it on her 11-song album, MéVen.

Selebobo "Waka Waka" feat. Davido

Davido's been a busy man lately. On top of his Popcaan collaboration, the Nigerian star is featured in the Paul Gambit-directed music video for Selebobo's hot track "Waka Waka."

Runtown "For Life"

Hitmaker Runtown continues his hot streak with the new music video for his romantic single "For Life."

DJ Spinall "Ohema" feat. Mr Eazi

Flashback Friday: revisit DJ Spinall and Mr Eazi's insanely addictive "Ohema," which is as good of a weekend soundtrack as it gets. DJ Spinall's excellent album, TEN, is available now.

Follow our ‘Songs You Need to Hear’ playlist on Apple Music for weekly updates of new music.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

B3nchMarQ and the Art of Making Something From Nothing

B3nchMarQ's EP consists of great songs that don't require much from the listener—but it bangs.

There's nothing groundbreaking about South African rap duo B3nchMarQ's debut release ASPEN EP. But one indisputable fact is that it bangs.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nasty C and French Montana Hit the Club In the Video for ‘Allow’

Watch the video to Nasty C and French Montana's new collaboration.

South African rapper Nasty C just released the visuals to "Allow," his collaboration with French Montana. The song is featured on Bad Hair Extensions, the re-release of Bad Hair, the Durban-born rapper's debut album.

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Courtesy of Jojo Abot.

Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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