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Best Music of the Week: Runtown, Distruction Boyz, Tiwa Savage, Congolese 'Neo-Rumba' & More

Here 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's been on a mission. He released one of the best tunes of early 2017 with "Pain Killer," his collaboration with Ghanaian star Sarkodie, and more recently returned with the highly-addictive banger "Energy," produced by frequent collaborator Del'B. Watch its new music video above.

Distruction Boyz "Omunye"

Durban gqom duo Distruction Boyz have one of the hottest albums out in South Africa right now. Titled Gqom is the Future, the 13-track album has just given birth to its first single "Omunye," which is a fan-favorite from the album. Watch them throw the SA house party of the year in its new video.

Sir Loma "BB"

"BB" is the debut release from UK-based Congolese singer and songwriter Sir Loma. Loma takes influences from Congolese artists like Papa Wemba, Pepe Kalle, Ferre Gola, Fally Ipupa, and Carlyto Lassa to craft his own style which he calls "Neo-Rumba"—an addictive blend of Congolese Rumba with more modern styles like pop, hip-hop, and afrobeat.

Reekado Banks "Like" feat. Tiwa Savage & Fiokee

Reekado Banks is celebrating his 24th birthday by dropping "Like," his new single with Tiwa Savage and guitarist Fiokee. The Del B-produced track is a catchy affair that sees Reeky shouting out Wizkid, Davido and, of course, Tiwa in its chorus.

Poizon Ivy the DJ "Body & Soul" feat. L.A.X & Victoria Kimani

Nairobi-born Poizon Ivy the DJ comes through with her very first single entitled "Body & Soul." The Clemzy-produced track is a highly-addictive joint that features Nigerian crooner L.A.X and Kenyan songstress Victoria Kimani. For more, check out Ivy's all-Kenyan mixtape for OkayAfricaOkayAfrica.

Rudeboy (of P-Square) "Fire Fire"

Paul Okoye aka Rudeboy comes out with the music video to his previously released single "Fire Fire." The new clip follows a new couple on their wedding day.

D'banj "As I Dey Go"

Speaking of huge Nigeria superstars, D'banj is also back this week with a new music video and single for "As I Dey Go."

Hailu Mergia "Gum Gum"

Ethiopian keyboard and accordion virtuoso Hailu Mergia is has announced his first album in 15 years, entitled Lala Belu. Check out "Gum Gum," the lead single off that upcoming record.

Darkie Fiction "Selula"

Darkie Fiction was born out of vocalist Yoza Mnyanda and rapper Katt Daddy's move to Johannesburg from Cape Town. The two sat with producer Jakinda, who managed to create a stimulating sound in "Selula," their first ever creation together. Read our interview with Darkie Fiction about their first release.

Adekunle Gold "Money"

Adekunle Gold continues an impressive run in 2017 with the captivating, Aje Film Works-directed music video for "Money."

Vumomsé "If No Be God" feat. Kiflex

Vumomsé comes through with another gospel jam in "If No Be God," alongside Kiflex. You can purchase this track now on iTunes.

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: 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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