Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Wizkid, Praiz x Sarkodie, Cassper Nyovest & More

These are the songs you need to hear this week.

At the end of every week, we highlight the cream 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.

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every Friday and read about some of our weekend selections ahead.

D'banj "Be With You"

The Kokomaster D'banj has been coming back strong with his new singles. His latest is the dancehall-infused "Be With You," which features a beach side music video.

Don't miss D'banj live with Sister Nancy and The Compozers at our Riddim & Beats show in NYC next week!

Praiz "Me and You" ft. Sarkodie

This absolute jam from Nigerian R&B singer Praiz and Ghanaian top dog Sarkodie has been on constant repeat at our offices. Check out the new music video for "Me & You"lose yourself in the smooth beat above.

Patoranking "This Kind Love" ft. Wizkid

Patoranking links up with none-other-than Wizkid in this beautiful clip for "This Kind Love." Patoranking mentions that "the video preaches strongly against domestic Violence and also stands for upholding happy love values." two new joints from Wizkid

Even though he just released Sounds From The Other Side, Wizkid isn't showing any signs of slowing down. This week, he dropped two loosies on Souncloud, both produced by Masterkraft. Check out "Medicine," which just got a new remix featuring Flavour & Phyno, and "Odoo."

Cassper Nyovest "Destiny" ft. Goapele

South African rap star Cassper Nyovest connects with Goapele in the new music video for the slow burning track "Destiny" from his Thuto album.

Burna Boy "Chilling Chillin'" ft. A.I

Burna Boy has promised that he'll be releasing new tracks every Friday for the following three weeks. The first of those is the addictive "Chilling Chillin'" featuring A.I.

Mo Laudi "Por Cima" ft. Flavia Coelho

South Africa's Mo Laudi drops the highly-catchy dance floor-leaning single "Por Cima," alongside vocalist Flavia Coelho.

Adekunle Gold "Call On Me"

Adekunle Gold follows the object of his desire around California in the new music video for "Call On Me."

Amery "I Need Lovin'"

21-year-old Rwandan singer Amery is sounding like an incredibly promising talent in his new single "I Need Lovin'."

DJ Underdog African Summer 2 mixtape

Our fam DJ Underdog will make you shake and dance out all the vibes with his new mix, African Summer 2.

Yaa Yaa "Dumb Drum"

Revisit Ghanaian singer Yaa Yaa's excellent blend of horns and guitars in her single "Dumb Drum," which is newly available on iTunes.

Maleek Berry "Been Calling"

Maleek Berry explores VR love in his new music video for "Been Calling."

Tony Allen "Push And Pull"

Finally, afrobeat drumming legend Tony Allen shares his new single "Push And Pull"

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every Friday

Courtesy of Jojo Abot.

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.

A Nigerian Label Is Suing Nas For Not Delivering a Good Verse

M.I and Chocolate City filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court claiming Nas didn't deliver the verse they wanted.

Nigerian star M.I and his label home Chocolate City are suing Queenbridge legend Nasir Jones.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in the New York State Supreme Court, Nas and Mass Appeal Records' Ronnie Goodman are accused of ripping off Chocolate City after they'd paid the rapper $50,000 for the verse.

According to the lawsuit, back in 2013, Nas and Goodman agreed to contribute a verse to a track from M.I. The stipulations were that Nas was supposed to mention "M.I, Chocolate City, Nigeria, Queens, New York—NAS's hometown—, Mandela, Trayvon Martin, and the struggles of Africans and African Americans" in his verse.

Nas did, in fact, deliver a verse but it didn't mention any of the subject matter Chocolate City had asked for.

The Nigerian label requested that the Queens rapper to re-record the verse, which now three year later, has never happened despite them delivering the $50,000 payment. Hence, that's why they're now suing him, they mention.

It's not all fighting words, though, as Chocolate City is very complementary to Nas in the lawsuit calling him "a highly respected lyricist in the music industry" and writing that they wanted a verse from him "because of NAS's exceptional talent as a lyric writer."

Unfortunately that talent and lyricism was no where to be found in the verse they got, in the eyes of Chocolate City and M.I.

Revisit M.I's "Chairman" above.

Photo courtesy of TEF.

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