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.
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.
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.