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Weekend Burners: Best Tracks of the Week

Heat the best African music and African hip-hop tracks released this week.


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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Endeguena Mulu’s Ethiopian Dubstep/Bass

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The GTW x Tink ‘When I’m Lit’ (Rework)

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Sarkodie ‘Lies’ ft. Lil Shaker

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Olugbenga ‘Hafiza [INNOCENCE]

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Pharoahe Monch’s “Haile Selassie Karate” In South Africa

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Meye Mind ‘Bitch’ (Spoek Mathambo x Blak Belt Jones Remix)

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

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