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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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Watch Yemi Alade's New Music Video for 'Shake' Featuring Duncan Mighty

The "Nigerian Queen of Music Videos" does it again.

Yemi Alade returns with the visuals for her single "Shake," one of the many infectious tracks from her latest album Woman of Steel.

In the Paul Gambit-directed music video, the singer shows off her sensual side, first posing on a bed in an elegant powder blue mesh gown, before heading into several dance sequences. As usual, the singer serves in a number of stunning, eye-catching looks.

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Yemi Alade Drops Vibrant New Video for “Vibe”

The music video queen is back with yet another visual delight from her latest album, Woman of Steel.

Yemi Alade, the Nigerian video queen, returns with a new visual for "Vibe." "It is the fifth track on her latest album, Woman of Steel, and, like the rest of the album, it presents a more liberated, more confident, no-holds-barred Alade. The album, she's said, "is all about drawing the inner strength that you have in you and being the superhero that you've always needed." In "Vibe" we hear the artist speaking on sexual liberation and coming to terms with the" vibe" of love she wants. This is just one more video in the incredible repertoire of the most watched Nigerian female artist, but it doesn't disappoint.

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Cardi B Teases New Remix of Davido's 'Fall'

Looks like the Nigerian star's massive hit is getting yet another re-up.

Cardi B has teased her apparent upcoming remix of Davido's "Fall."

Posting from a private jet, as she was on her way to New York before heading to West Africa, Cardi B shared a video of herself rapping and dancing along to the unreleased remix.

From the sounds of it, Cardi's "Fall" remix will feature a brand new verse from the New York rapper.

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Trap Bob Is the 'Proud Habesha' Illustrator Creating Colorful Campaigns for the Digital Age

The DMV-based artist speaks with OkayAfrica about the themes in her work, collaborating with major brands, and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her work.

DMV-based visual artist Tenbeete Solomon also known as Trap Bob is a buzzing illustrator using her knack for colorful animation to convey both the "humor and struggle of everyday life."

The artist, who is also the Creative Director of the creative agency GIRLAAA has been the visual force behind several major online movements. Her works have appeared in campaigns for Giphy, Girls Who Code, Missy Elliott, Elizabeth Warren, Apple, Refinery 29 and Pabst Blue Ribbon (her design was one of the winners of the beer company's annual art can contest and is currently being displayed on millions of cans nationwide). With each striking illustration, the artist brings her skillful use of color and storytelling to the forefront.

Her catalog also includes fun, exuberant graphics that depict celebrities and important moments in Black popular culture. Her "Girls In Power" pays homage to iconic women of color in a range of industries with illustrated portraits. It includes festive portraits of Beyoncé, Oprah, Serena Williams and Michelle Obama to name a few.

Trap Bob is currently embarking on an art tour throughout December, which sees her unveiling murals and recent works for Pabst Blue Ribbon in her hometown of DC and during Art Basel in Miami. You can see her tour dates here.

We caught up with the illustrator via email, to learn more about the themes in her work and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her illustrations. Read it below and see more of Trap Bob's works underneath.

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