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Best Music of the Week: Burna Boy, Mr Eazi x Shatta Wale, YoungstaCPT & More

These 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.


Burna Boy "Rock Your Body"

Burna Boy connected with British-Ghanaian producer Juls earlier this year for "Rock Your Body," a mellow dance single which now has a dark, steamy new music video you can check out above.

Juls, by the way, will be hosting a special showcase at OkaySpace in Brooklyn next week. RSVP here.

Shatta Wale x Mr Eazi "Haters"

Ghanaian heavyweight Shatta Wale and Mr Eazi deliver the fiery video to their recent collaboration. The Sesan-directed clip follows the pair as they duck and, literally, roast their "Haters."

YoungstaCPT drops two mixtapes

South African rapper YoungstaCPT doesn't sleep. Today he released two mixtapes at the same time, which puts him at 29 mixtapes in a space of less than five years. One is called How To Make It In South Africa, which is entirely produced by Loopsta, who produced the rapper's single “Takkies." The second is called Kaapstad's Revenge, and is entirely produced by J-Beatz, who produced his 2015 hit “Salutas." Both tapes include mostly trap production, which YoungstaCPT laces with solid flows, great storytelling and all that good stuff.

Oddisee "You Grew Up"

Sudanese-American rapper Oddisee takes a look at the root of racial issues through the story of two childhood friends who grew apart: one black, one white. "I've always attempted to see polarizing issues from both sides. If we tackle issues from the root, perhaps we as a people can be more effective in solving them. Giving context to how an officer would shoot an innocent person and showing how we're indoctrinated into our beliefs and biases could possibly inspire new methods to deal with them."

Sampa The Great "Rhymes To The East"

Zambian-born, Botswana-raised and now Australian-based rapper, poet and singer Sampa The Great landed on our radar with her solid 2015 debut mixtape, The Great. She now returns with the hypnotizing new single, "Rhymes To The East." Catch Sampa on her UK tour opening for Joey Bada$.

Bantu "Lagos Barbie"

Lagos-based 13-piece band, Bantu, shares the first music video from their oustanding album, Agberos International. As the band states, the playful music video follows "a hair obsessed lady who unwittingly finds herself time traveling through several decades while trying to get her hair weave fixed." Check it out above.

A-Reece “?"

A-Reece has been on a roll this year. His single “Meanwhile in Honeydew" is one of the most solid SA releases of the year. Yesterday, he dropped “?," another firestarter which is produced by his long-time producer Mash Beatz.

Ewube "Fall 4 U"

Cameroon's dancehall and R&B singer Ewube's quickly rising in the scene. Revisit her beachside romantic video for "Fall 4 U" above, which is newly available on iTunes alongside her hits "Choleh Me," "Trowey" featuring Rude Bwai, "Party All Nyte," and

"Pop It."

Mic Monsta

Keeping things in Cameroon, check out Mic Monsta's highly-energetic 7-track effort, Mic Monsta The EP. It's now available on iTunes alongside his previous drops Kwata State of Mind and Random Thoughts Freestyle Pt 1.

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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