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Best Music of the Week: Yemi Alade, Emtee, Phyno x Olamide & 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.


Phyno "Augment" feat. Olamide

Fino Phyno comes through with the heat in "Augment," his super-catchy collaboration with Olamide. The single now gets an equally-impressive music video with plenty of group dancing. You'll be hitting replay on this one.

Emtee "Manando"

On his sophomore album, Manando, South African rapper Emtee found his voice and became SA's number one trapper. He now shares the raw visual to the album's title track.

Yemi Alade "Nakupenda" (Swahili Version)

Yemi Alade connects with Kenyan star Nyashinski for the Swahili version of her Mama Africa romantic single "Nakupenda." Look out for Yemi's upcoming record, Black Magic, which is due soon.

DJ ECool "Kilode" feat. Dremo

DJ ECool has a new single that's bound to light up dance floors across NYC, London and Lagos. In "Kilode," Ecool—who DJ's for Davido—connects with Nigeria's Dremo for an addictive tune.

Mel,b Akwen "Blessings" feat. Longue Longue

Cameroonian afropop star Mel,b Akwen's "Blessings" will have you on your feet in no time. The diva connects with Makossa legend Longue Longue for this incredible track, which is now available on iTunes here.

Wani "Instaman"

Nigerian-American afropop artist Wani has been making noise with his remix of Drake's "Blem." He recently dropped the dancehall-influenced, Instagram-inspired tune "Instaman," which should have you grooving through the week.

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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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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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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