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The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Check out the best tracks and videos that came across our desks this week, featuring Kae Sun, Fuse ODG, Yemi Alade and more.

At the end of the week, we’ll be highlighting the creme of the crop in music and rounding up the best tracks, videos, mixtapes and releases that came across our desks throughout the last few days.


Check out this week’s selections below.

Card On Spokes “Impala Parlour / Journey To Life” Video is a Visual Feast

Cape Town-based producer Card On Spokes’ new video might be the trippiest thing you see all week. Directed by Chris Saunders and Jamal Nxedlana and produced by Okayafrica family (and my mentor) Allison Swank, “Impala Parlour / Journey To Life” is a spectacular, futuristic ride through the mine dumps of Johannesburg which follows a robot-like character performed by Alice Kok.

Speaking with Okayafrica in September, Card On Spokes (aka the production moniker of South African jazz musician Shane Cooper) mentioned the song was the first he started writing off his As We Surface EP. “It grew from a bunch of recordings I made with some brilliant percussionists,” he said, adding that he layered the track with talking drum, congas, various African shakers and more.

—AK

Yemi Alade Portrays a Choreographed Buka Beef in "Tumbum"

Winner of this year's MTV MAMA award for "Best Female," Yemi Alade releases a funny music video for Selebobo the produced track, "Tumbum," from her sophomore album, Mama Africa: The Diary of an African Woman. The Paul Gambit directed video features Nollywood superstars Ime Bishop Umoh and Beverly Osu.

"Tumbum" is the Nigerian equivalent to the "He loves me, he loves me not" game, and for the very hungry Umoh, he can't choose between whose jollof rice or whose fufu he loves the most—and the cook that comes with each.

Watch the drama unfold above.

—AI

Eddy Kenzo and Mi Casa Join Forces on "Movie Star"

South African and East African superstars Mi Casa and Eddy Kenzo recently linked up on a catchy new single. The video for “Movie Star” arrived last week.

It’s cute. Which is pretty much what you’d expect from these four.

—AK

Kae Sun Quietly Returned With the ‘Murder Ballad’ “Canary”

Kae Sun, the soft-spoken Ghanaian-born Canadian singer-songwriter and recent Montreal transplant, returned last week with his first new music in some time. The sort-of breakup song “Canary” is the earliest track to surface off his forthcoming EP, also titled Canary, due out early 2017 on Moonshine.

“The title track bills itself as a murder ballad in its artwork (a nod to his strong folk influence), but functions more as a commentary on the overwrought idea of heartbreak,” a press release mentions.

—AK

 The Azonto Craze is Alive and Well in Fuse ODG's "Jinja"

Once you see a parkour professional do his thing on an unnamed rooftop, you know ish is about to get real (and lit).

Fuse ODG released the music video for Killbeatz produced, "Jinja"—and it seems like it's the official anthem to "give excessive energy to a person or situation, especially through dance."

The video shows that Azonto is here to stay—check out how the movement's evolved with the slick dance steps in the clip above.

—AI

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Burna Boy, Maleek Berry, Fik Fameica, Michael Kiwanuka, Wale, and more

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 our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Photo of Nnedi Okorafor by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.

Nnedi Okorafor's Highly-Anticipated Memoir, 'Broken Places & Outer Spaces,' Is Here

This is the first work of non-fiction to come from the prolific science fiction writer.

Nnedi Okorafor, acclaimed Nigerian-American science fiction, fantasy and magical realism writer, has released her first work of non-fiction, Brittle Paper reports.

Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected is her memoir chronicling the journey from being a star athlete to facing paralysis—to her eventual creative awakening. Published by TED Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint, the prolific author gives us a powerful example and guide of how our perceived limitations can have the potential to become our greatest strengths.

"I've been writing this on and off since it all happened," she explains in a thread on Twitter. "The original manuscript is over 300 pages. I *needed* to record every detail while they were fresh, so there are parts of this book that I wrote while I still wasn't quite able to walk."

Here's a snippet of the synopsis from the publisher below:

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Michael Kiwanuka Teams Up With Tom Misch for Disco-Inspired Single 'Money'

The British-Ugandan musician explores the dangers of money on an infectious new collaboration with British producer Tom Misch.

It's been a while since we heard from British-Ugandan soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, but he's back with a new single and we couldn't be more here for it.

The artist teamed up with fellow British musician Tom Misch for the funk and disco-inspired single "Money." The mid tempo song is one made for chill summer nights, as Kiwanuka soulful vocals pair smoothly with Misch impressive guitar work. The '70s influence comes off strongly on the nearly 5-minute track.

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