Audio

Weekend Burners: Best Tracks of the Week

Stream the top modern African hip-hop music singles released this week.


Artwork: Folasade Adeoso

We realize our site cycles through an, at times, overwhelming number of videos, tracks, remixes and mixtapes from a deluge of African/diaspora artists that not everyone is familiar with — in fact, we've gotten a large amount of reader feedback stating so. With Weekend Burners we aim to address that by highlighting our choices of the best music content that made it on the blog throughout the week. Get 'em below straight from the Okayafrica bunker:

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Bombino & Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach Make Desert Rock For The Modern Ear

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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #42: RADIO TANZANIA

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Video: Oy ‘Market Place’

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Audio: Laura Mvula ‘Sing To The Moon’ [LP Stream] + Robin Hannibal Remix

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Video Premiere: Fore ‘Cherry Coloured’

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Video: Mauritanian Pop Experimentalist Mo Kolours’ ‘Promise’

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Music

11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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