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The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best tracks of the week featuring Baloji x Saul Williams, Stromae, Wizkid, Mr Eazi, and more.

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 throughout the last few days.


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

Lots of new Wizkid dropped

If you missed it, Wizkid dropped the music video for his new single "Come Closer," featuring Drake.

"We wanted something clean and sleek that showed little nuances of African culture without being too in your face about it. Something simple and stripped down,” video director Daps tells us—we're not sure why Drake isn't in it though.

In other Starboy news, Wizzy also hopped on two new remixes this week: the first is of Yxng Bane and Kojo Funds' "Fine Wine," the second is a revisit of South African artist KLY's "Scrrr Pull Up."

Stromae x Repetto

Belgian-Rwandan pop force Stromae announced a collaboration between his fashion brand Mosaert and French footwear company Repetto. He also dropped a new instrumental single, aptly titled "Repetto x Mosaert" to promote the new line.

We'll take what we can get from Stromae until he officially goes off his "music hiatus."

Baloji remix feat. Saul Williams, Well$ & Alec Lomami

Baloji's "Unité & Litre" is a sharp critique of the power and influence that cellphone companies (Unit = a mobile top-up) and alcohol industries (Litres) have on Congolese society.

The Congolese artist revisits the stand out track from 64 Bits & Malachite EP in this new remix featuring non other than Saul Williams, as well as Well$ and Alec Lomami.

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

Mr Eazi "Fight" feat. DJ Cuppy

Man of the moment Mr Eazi and DJ Cuppy connect in "Fight," an addictive song about putting in the work for someone's love which can be found on his Accra to Lagos mixtape.

In the single's new music video, Eazi and Cuppy search for each other in the streets of London to make things right.

Tuareg blues from Tamikrest

Tamikrest’s latest album, Kidal, is a Tuareg Blues love letter to their northern Malian hometown. Check out the group's video for "Wainan Adobat."

Iyanya's new EP

Iyanya’s Signature EP, his first release since joining Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records, is a confident step forward. Read our review of the new EP here and watch the clip for "Up 2 Something."

Montess x Stanley Enow

Cameroon's Montess and Stanley Enow join forces for the Caribbean-influenced party track "DJ Play Ma Song."

Niyola's "The Word"

Finally, a throwback clip. Revisit Nigerian singer Niyola's piano-backed ballad "The Word," which is newly available on iTunes along with "Crazy," "Na You," and "My Prayer."

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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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