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Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Phyno, Major Lazer, Banky W & More

Hear the best tracks of the week featuring Banky W, Odunsi, Major Lazer and more.

DIASPORA—At the end of every week, we highlight the creme of the crop in music and round up the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks in a Weekend Playlist for you.


Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlist on Apple Music to get immediate updates every Friday and read about some of our weekend selections ahead.

Phyno x Burna Boy x M.I

Phyno rolls through with the music video for "Link Up," one of the highlights from his album The Playmaker. This one's a turn-up joint, which boasts some high-level features from Burna Boy and M.I.

Major Lazer "Run Up" (Afrosmash Remix)

Diplo, who was recently in Lagos for Gidi Fest, comes through with an 'Afrosmash' remix of his group Major Lazer's "Run Up." The summertime track, which originally featured Partynextdoor and Nicki Minaj, gets a heavy infusion of afrobeats from Chopstix, Skales and Yung L.

Banky W "Kololo"

Fresh off London's One Africa Music Fest, Banky W drops the new music video for "Kololo," which he mentions was "Inspired by, and shot in Dubai."

Odunsi "Desire"

Odunsi is one of the producers transforming Nigerian music. He just shared the new music video for "Desire," his buzzing single with Funbi and Tay Iwar. Make sure to check out Odunsi's his latest EP with Nonso Amadi.

Young Paris "China"

Young Paris rolls through with the revamped single, "China," which was originally featured on his Afrobeats EP. The single, produced by Rancido, is definitely one for the dance floor.

Korede Bello "Butterfly"

Korede Bello’s new album, Belloved, is pop excellence. "Butterfly," one of the standout romantic tracks from that record, gets the music video treatment above.

Kinté "Oubliez"

Finally, check out this wavy track from Ivorian-NYC newcomer Kinté. He mentions that “Oubliez,” which means to forget in French, was written out of frustration at Africa’s political chaos. More than anything, it's a message of unity.

Follow our ‘Songs You Need to Hear’ playlist on Apple Music for weekly updates of new music.

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Image courtesy of Daily Paper

Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


Image courtesy of Daily Paper

Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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