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Best Music of the Week: Wande Coal, Tiwa Savage, Major League Djz, Kah-Lo & 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.

Tiwa Savage's Sugarcane EP

The Queen of Afrobeats is back with an infectious and impressive 6-track EP that's well worth your time. We talked to Tiwa Savage about the EP, having Chris Martin as a fan, motherhood and more in a new interview here.

Wande Coal "Oh No No"

Wande Coal follows up his massive hit "Iskaba" with the reggae-dancehall influenced "Oh No No." The CheekyChizzy-produced new single sounds like it has the potential to become another big one.

Major League Djz x Patoranking x Riky Rick x Kly

"Do Better," the big collaboration from South Africa's Major League Djz with Nigerian dancehall act Patoranking, SA star rapper Riky Rick, and Kly, gets the visual treatment.

Kah-Lo "Fasta"

Kah-Lo, who earned herself Grammy-nomination earlier this year for her track with Riton, comes through with another 90s-vibe house track and video with "Fasta."

Oluwole

We somehow missed a few incredible jams from Nigeria's Oluwole earlier this year but have been making up for lost time by playing catchy tunes like "Kamari" featuring Jesse Jagz, "Nagode," and "Gbabe" over and over. Purchase them on iTunes.

Shaydee x Wizkid

Shaydee enlists none-other-than Wizkid for his latest single, "Make Sense."

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. Image courtesy of the artist.

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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