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Skepta in "Energy (Stay Far Away)"

The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring Skepta, Wizkid, AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Shekhinah, Mr Eazi, Brian Simba and more.

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.


Skepta x Wizkid x Dizzee Rasal 

Skepta shared the new music video for his first official Wizkid collaboration, "Energy (Stay Far Away)." The low tempo, slow-burning jam, which was produced by Nigerian hitmaker Sarz, now has an appropriately low key beachside video shot in Lagos, Nigeria. He also links up with Dizzee Rascal for the new head-nodder "Money Right," the lead single off Rascal's upcoming Don't Gas Me EP.

Estelle 'Lovers Rock'

Estelle's fifth album, named after the sensual reggae subgenre, tells her parents' untold love story with collaborations from the likes of Maleek Berry, Kranium and more. The West London-raised artist who originally hails from Senegal and Grenada tapped into sankofa (looking to the past to inform the future) and returned to her roots with her concept album, Lovers Rock.

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AKA 'Fela In Versace' feat Kiddominant

AKA drops the new video for "Fela In Versace," one of the clear standouts from his latest album Touch My Blood. The track features Kiddominant on the hook. Read about how AKA's sampling is preserving and reimagining South African classics for a younger audience here.

Serious Klein 'Voodoo Money'

Serious Klein is a Ghanaian-born self-described "art rapper" coming out of the German underground who's been making waves with his infectious blend of hip-hop, jazz and soul. The artist has now released the epic and stunning visual for his single, "Voodoo Money," a dark, hard-hitting track built on an ominous piano line and an inventive flip of Rich Boy's "Throw Some D's." The song was produced by Rascal, who's worked with Chance the Rapper.

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Cassper Nyovest 'Gets Getsa 2.0'

Cassper Nyovest recently announced his new album with the drop of its lead single, "Gets Getsa 2.0" The Gemini Major-produced banger, which has been blasting on repeat over here, sees the South African megastar paying homage to kwaito legend Doc Shebeleza through a sample on the track. Cassper has now shared a new music video for his new age kwaito single, which oozes with all the 90s throwback vibes and party scenes to get South African ready for the warmer months to come.

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Lil Kesh & Duncan Mighty 'Flenjo'

Lil Kesh comes through with his newest music video and single, "Flenjo." The new track, which was produced by Rexxiepondabeat, sees Lil Kesh connecting with none-other-than Duncan Mighty for an uplifting tune about living your life. It's paired with this new party clip directed by Stanz Visuals.

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Muzi 'Questions' feat. Tiro_Other Draft

South African electronic music producer and artist Muzi just released a new scorcher titled "Questions (feat. Tiro_Other Draft)". The song is another version of "Questions" from his debut album Afrovision. When we spoke to the artist earlier this year, he said, "I'm gonna drop another version of "Questions." It was actually the first version, it just didn't flow well with the album."

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Shekhinah & Mr Eazi 'Suited (SynX Remix)

South African singer Shekihnah, has teamed up with Nigerian afrobeats mainstay Mr Eazi, for the dreamy remix to her popular single "Suited." The song is one of the standouts from Shekihnah's debut album Rose Gold. Today she shares the song's remix, produced by afrobeats producer Synx, and a breezy new music video featuring a catchy opening verse from Mr Eazi. The Durban-shot video sees the artists on luxurious ships—where Eazi can be seen getting his make up did—before attending a colorful, chilled-out party and linking up towards the end of the video.

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Yung L 'Bam Bam'

Nigerian Afro-dancehall act Yung L return with the new tune titled "Bam Bam," a nod to Sister Nancy. The Chopstix-produced joint is tailor made for the dance floor with its blend of dancehall and touches of UK garage. Get into it above and purchase here.

Brian Simba 'Silence' feat. Vanessa Mdee & Michael Love

Rising Tanzanian rap sensation Brian Simba drops the highly-anticipated single "Silence" and it features the East African diva herself, Vanessa Mdee, and newcomer Michael Love. Jamaa Flani will surely get you out of your seat with this upbeat dancehall-flavored tune.

"Silence" is available across all platforms now

Stogie T "Pretty Flowers" feat. Maggz, Kwesta & J Molley

On his latest single, titled "Pretty Flowers," South African rap legend Stogie T ropes in Kwesta, Maggz and J Molley. The latter delivers the vocal hook that gives the song a modern feel, while the three MCs spar with polished verses like the veterans they are.

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Toya Delazy "London Town"

South African musician Toya Delazy just highlighted her song "London Town" as a single for her 2017 album Uncommodified by shooting a video for it. The music video shows Toya in London, frolicking under the sun. A gang of dancers join her as she makes the streets hers.

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Ras Nebyu Is Washington, D.C.'s 'Uptown Lion Walkin'

We talk to the Ethiopian-American rapper about his new album, his Washington Slizzards crew, and the impact of gentrification on D.C.'s music scene.

Ras Nebyu is caught up in the crowd at Howard University's homecoming tailgate, where he can barely walk a block without shaking hands with another person who he knows. Although he didn't attend Howard University, the campus and the surrounding neighborhood forms as much of a part of his narrative as any student.

The Ethiopian-American rapper hails from uptown Washington, D.C., a neighborhood he uses to inform his latest album, Uptown Lion Walkin, a project that pays homage to his ancestral upbringing, as well as his thoughts on making money, love, happiness, and the government.

There's a twoness to Nebyu's identity that allows him to create from a place of historical-cultural reverence while pushing forward new ideas. He was raised in a Rastafarian household by an Ethiopian dad and African-American mother.

Nebyu doesn't hold much back when he speaks, like his music. He preaches about belonging to his community, gentrification and the diaspora. His work serves as a strong soundboard, for not only his Ethiopian community but D.C. natives.

In 2011, Nebyu co-founded the Washington Slizzards, a collective of Ethiopian creatives in D.C. What started as a joke, tacking on "slizz" to everything, became a buzz-worthy crew. Around the same time as the group's inception, he began releasing music into the world.

Nebyu first ventured into making music as a producer, but soon found it frustrating getting artists to use his beats. He decided to begin experimenting with using his own voice and hasn't slowed down since. OkayAfrica caught up with Nebyu to discuss the new album and growing up uptown.

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Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty, Afro B & Mayorkun Join DJ Neptune On 'Tear Rubber' Remix

Listen to the "All Star Remix" now.

"Tear Rubber," one of the standouts from DJ Neptune's latest album, Greatness, gets a big remix that'll jump start your week.

The track, which originally featured Mayorkun, now gets a massive revisit featuring Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty and Afro B.

All three are potent additions to this laid-back and addictive Young John-produced track which was already getting a lot of spins.

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Listen to Sade's Beautiful New Song—'The Big Unknown'

Sade has graced us with her second single of the year—this time for Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, "Widows."

We now have two new Sade songs to shed thug tears to before the end of 2018, y'all.

The queen herself released a lyric video for her new track, "The Big Unknown." This single will be played during the end credits of Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, Widows, which is due to be released in theaters November 16, Highsnobiety reports.

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