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The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring J Hus, Nasty C, AKA, and some throwback gems.

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 OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.


Nasty C "Jungle" & "King" feat. A$AP Ferg

South African rapper Nasty C is gearing to release his sophomore album Strings and Bling. He just released two new singles today. One is titled "Jungle," and the other, which features A$AP Ferg, is titled "King." On both songs, Nasty C impresses with quotables and his ever-solid delivery.

Find out more and hear "Jungle" here.

J Hus 'Big Spang' EP

J Hus returns with his first release since 2017's Common Sense, and he does not disappoint. His latest, Big Spang—which he dropped last night—is a three-track rollout featuring the tracks "Dark Vader," "Scene" and "Dancing Man." It's brief, but offers a full listening experience nonetheless, with J Hus effortlessly switching up the production and flow with each transition.

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Black Savage "Kothbiro" sampled in 'Ye'

Kanye West released his latest album, Ye, last Friday following a seemingly-unending and highly controversial build-up which culminated at a listening party session in Wyoming. A look at the album credits reveals that its second track, "Yikes," contains the use of lyrics and composition from Kenyan artists Ayub Ogada and James Mbarack Achieng.

Though they haven't spoken in 10 years, Ogada and Achieng were part of the 1970s Nairobi group Black Savage. Their vocal parts and melodies from the 1976 track "Kothbiro"are sampled in Kanye West's "Yikes." The two artists had no idea that they're music had been used in Ye.

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Read: Kanye West's Album Title Has Unintentionally Boosted Burna Boy's 'Ye' Streams—We're Here For It

DJ Moma & Moniki's Afro-Brazilian Playlist

Everyday People's DJ Moma and Moniki put together this Afro-Baile playlist exclusively for OkayAfrica. It plays like perfect cross-Atlantic musical bridge between the afrobeats sounds of West Africa, the baile funk of Brazil and everything in between. "This playlist is inspired by the music that Moniki and I play consisting of African and Brazilian music which is our roots," Moma mentions to us about the selections.

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Adekunle Gold "Fame"

Adekunle Gold's highly-anticipated sophomore album, About 30, just dropped last week. We've now got an exclusive for you from the album, the brand new music video for album highlight track, "Fame," which was written in 2017, his team tells us. "Adekunle often said writing is a form of catharsis for him and this song was born out of a feeling of being outwardly successful yet still not internally happy. The reward and the healing finally came with putting those words to paper and then melody."

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AKA "StarSigns" feat. Stogie T

With just 10 days away from the release of Touch My Blood, his third (and last) studio album, AKA releases the visual for "Starsigns." The song, which features veteran rapper Stogie T, is one of the six songs from Touch My Blood which are currently available. "StarSigns" was releases in January and ruffled feathers because of the jab Stogie T throws at Cassper Nyovest and Riky Rick, and AKA's line about South African rappers sounding American.

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Ko-Jo Cue & Shaker "Mama Yie"

The dynamic duo, Ko-Jo Cue & Shaker, return with a track that "focuses on portraying Ghana's colorful dance culture from various tribes," their label BBnz states. "It also bridges the gap between the cultural dances and the recent Afrobeats dance craze.Kpanlogo meets Azonto. Damba meets Mr Eazi's Akwaaba dance. Agbadza meets Shaku Shaku" Check it out above.

Remy Baggins & Eri Ife 'YLLW' EP

Remy Baggins is a 22-year-old singer and producer based in Lagos. Eri Ife is a fast-rising singer-songwriter from the afro-alternative scene. Their collaborative EP YLLW is a glorious illustration of what happened when these two Lagos prodigies finally linked up.

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Sirens of Lesbos "We'll Be Fine"

Swiss born Sudanese-Eritrean sisters, Jasmina and Nabyla Serag, along with Arci Friede, Melvyn Buss and art director Denise Haeberli, are launching a diverse and fresh label named after their band, Sirens of Lesbos. The group christens the label with its new single, "We'll Be Fine," a soulful melodic pop experience that incorporates reggae beats with compelling lyrics that will induce island feels.

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Bils "Loudah"

English rapper and producer, Giggz, collaborated with the Houston-based Nigerian artist, Bils, to create this hot new single. "Loudah" is an infusion of fresh afrobeats, catchy bars, rhythmic drums and dance-inducing emissions.

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Kamal Keila "Taban Ahwak"

"Taban Ahwak," is yet another funky, jazzy, Sudanese-sound inspired track from Kamal Keila that must be heard. Habibi Funk Records is re-releasing another jewel from Kamal Keila's album, Muslims and Christians, and we're excited to be premiering it here for you to revel in with us.

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AliThatDude 'Mood Ring' EP

South Africa-based Namibian AliThatDude just released his second EP, Mood Ring. The artist, who's one third of the Namibian hip-hop crew, Black Vulcanite, raps less and sings more when he's solo—And he's great at it.

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Jupiter & Okwess "Nzele Momi"

Jupiter & Okwess is a Congolese group fronted by Kinshasa's Jupiter Bokondji. The afrofunk band is looking to take the DRC's musical heritage into modern times with their sophomore album, Kin Sonic, which features contributions from Damon Albarn of Blur/Gorillaz, and members of Nick Cave's Bad Seeds and Massive Attack. We premiered the band's psychedelic new music video for "Nzele Momi."

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Interview: Thando Hopa Never Anticipated Acceptance in the Industry—She Anticipated a Fight

We speak to the South African lawyer, model, actress and activist about her historic Vogue cover, stereotypes imposed on people living with albinism and her work with human interest stories about vulnerable groups as a WEF fellow.

Vogue Portugal's April edition was a moment that caused everyone to hold their breath collectively. For the first time ever, a woman living with albinism was featured on the cover of the magazine in a sublime and timeless manner. Thando Hopa, a South African lawyer, model, actress and activist was the woman behind this historic first. It was not just a personal win for Hopa, but a victory for a community that continues to be underrepresented, stigmatised and even harmed for a condition outside of their control, particularly in Africa.

At just 31, the multi-hyphenate Hopa is a force to be reckoned with across different spaces. Through her considerable advocacy work as an activist, Hopa has and continues to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about people living with albinism as well as changing what complex representation looks like within mainstream media. In 2018, Hopa was named the one of the world's 100 most influential women by the BBC. After hanging up her gown as a legal prosecutor after four years of working with victims of sexual assault, Hopa is on a mission to change skewed perceptions and prejudices when it comes to standards of beauty.

As a current fellow at the World Economic Forum, she is also working towards changing editorial oversights that occur when depicting historically underrepresented and vulnerable groups. The fellowship programme prepares individuals for leadership in both public and private sectors, and to work across all spheres of global society.

OkayAfrica recently spoke to Hopa to find out about how it felt to be the first woman with albinism to be featured on Vogue, the current projects she's working on and what's in the pipeline for her.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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