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The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best tracks of the week featuring Kendrick, Tiwa Savage, Zoe Modiga 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.

Kendrick, of course

Kendrick Lamar just dropped his new album, DAMN., the 14-track follow-up to To Pimp a Butterfly. and, while we're still digesting it, it's definitely the record you need to hear before the weekend. Dive in on Spotify and Apple Music.

Tiwa Savage's "All Over"

Tiwa Savage dropped her first solo single of the year. This new track finds Savage beseeching a lover to start a relationship “all over” but whether it’s to rejuvenate a failing one or to further boost a good one is not clear.

Sena Dagadu's "Play (Pa Ba Ba)"

Ghanaian-Hungarian singer Sena Dagadu recently dropped her third album, Feathers, which is inspired by "the freedom, mystery and subtle power of feathers," she mentions.

"Play (Pa Ba Ba)," one of the standout tracks on the album, is a song about healing. Watch the Andras Wicsek-directed music video, premiering with us here today, above and make sure to check out the entire album.

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

Uno July's "FokofPolisieKar"

South African rapper Uno July rolls through with "Fokofpolisiekar," the first single from his upcoming album Zero Hour Zone. The track, produced by Desert Head of Christian Tiger School, turns a Velvet Underground sample into a stomping beat.

“I felt like I wanted to express how I was feeling at the time and wanted to convey a message to the industry gate keepers and opinion makers that artists must be allowed their freedom of expression and must not be pigeon-holed into whats happening at any current time,” Uno July mentions.

Zoë Modiga

Zoë Modiga’s jazz album, Yellow the Novel, is a happiness pill for tough political times in South Africa.

Ycee's The First Wave EP

Ycee’s new 8-track EP, The First Wave, has endless replay value and is definitely worth your while.

Numerica "Tu Peux Pas"

Cameroonian singer Numerica comes through with the music video for “Tu Peux Pas,” a dance single built for this weekend’s parties.

Check out “Tu Peux Pas” above and download it, along with Numerica’s other recent tune “Ça te pique où?,” on iTunes.

Stanley Enow x Claude Ndam

Another one from Cameroon. Rapper Stanley Enow teams up with a Cameroonian legend, Claude Ndam, for a message of "peace, love and a united Africa." in "Love Song."

Photo by Peter "Size 10" Ndungu.

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Wizkid & MUT4Y's New Video For 'Manya' Will Give You Life

Starboy heads to Fela's New Afrika Shrine in the video for this heavy dance tune featuring MUT4Y and Killertunes.

Wizkid's back with "Manya," another track set to heat up dance floors across Nigeria and the globe.

For this new single, Wizkid connects with MUT4Y, one half of the star production duo Legendury Beatz. The addictive new tune was produced by Killertunes.

The song's new music video, which comes courtesy of Director Q, was shot at the Fela Kuti family's New Afrika Shrine. It's got a mixture of red-tinted studio shots and impressive stage performances that will give you life.

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Watch the new music video for Wizkid and MUT4Y's "Manya," below.



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