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Meji Alabi Is the Creative Force Behind Your Favorite Afrobeats Videos

We speak with Nigerian director, Meji Alabi, about the process of creating unforgettable music videos for the likes of Maleek Berry, Tiwa Savage, Runtown and more.

Shot on location at The Shrine, Meji Alabi's video for “Ma Lo" by Tiwa Savage depicts Lagos nightlife as a heady and hedonist bliss featuring large amounts of smoke and drink, scuffling thugs, loving couples, steamy dancing, palm fronds and the tag-team of Savage and Wizkid—a visual feast that improves on an already winning song produced by Spellz. The video went on to shock Nigerians online by amassing 500,000 views in its first day.

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Ladipoe, Tiwa Savage & Don Jazzy's 'Are You Down' Will Get You Hooked

Watch the new music video for 'Are You Down,' a highly-buzzing single from Nigeria's Mavin Records.

It's an all Mavins affair as Nigerian rapper Ladipoe links up with superstar Tiwa Savage for "Are You Down," an addictive, horn-flanked single produced by none-other-than Don Jazzy.

The buzzing single has now gotten the visual treatment in this new music video below. It features all the break dancing, freestyle football moves, and backseat romance scenes you need to get down.

Tiwa Savage has kicked off her year strongly as she also recently joined Kenyan pop band Sauti Sol for the highly-anticipated collaboration "Girl Next Door."

Watch the new music video for Ladipoe, Tiwa, and Don Jazzy's "Are You Down" below.

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Sauti Sol and Tiwa Savage: Photo: Facebook / Sauti Sol.

Best Music of the Week: Davido, Sauti Sol x Tiwa Savage, Efya & 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.

Davido x DJ ECool "ADA"

Davido and his resident spinner, DJ ECool, connect for the catchy new single, "Ada." Check out the South Africa-shot music video for this Fresh-produced jam above.

Sauti Sol x Tiwa Savage "Girl Next Door

Sauti Sol and Tiwa Savage's anticipated collaboration, "Girl Next Door," is finally here. The big Kenyan pop group and the Nigerian afrobeats queen team up for the Maleek Berry-produced new single. Check out its new music video above.

Read more here.

Solo and BETR GANG 'Tour Dates'

South African rapper Solo and BETR GANG—a crew he's part of alongside producers and rappers Al da 3rd, Subrocc, Solid The Gifted, Th&o; and Buks—have set the benchmark for SA hip-hop in 2018 with their collaborative album, Tour Dates.

Read more here.

Efya "Love"

Ghanaian star singer Efya starts off her year with "Love," a low-key and moody composition produced by The Gentleman. Check out the New York City-shot music video above.

Young Paris "My Love" feat. Dotman

Young Paris asks that you put some respeck on his name in his new single and music video for "My Love," featuring Dotman.

Reekado Banks "Like" feat. Tiwa Savage & Fiokee

Reekado Banks links up with his fellow Mavin Records star, Tiwa Savage, and guitarist Fiokee in the new visual for his previous single, "Like"—a song in which he shouts out Wizkid, Davido and Tiwa's own singles.

Temi Oyedele 'I'll Follow You (Remixes)' EP

Let Temi Oyedele and Afrologic's soulful beats and spoken words ease you into a dream state in the new remix EP, I"ll Follow You, which is available now from Okaymusic.

Gemini Major x Patoranking "Bang Bang"

Malawian-born, South African-based Gemini Major and Nigeria's Patoranking have undeniable chemistry as heard on their collaboration "Bang Bang."

Read more here.

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