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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.

News Brief

Watch Odunsi (The Engine)'s New Video For 'Wetin Dey / Better Days'

Two end-of-summer jams.

Odunsi (The Engine), one of the leading artists coming out of Nigeria's new wave, comes through with two surprise singles, "Better Days" and "Wetin Dey."

"Better Days" is a hazy production helmed by P2J, who comes off working on big projects for the likes of Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift and Burna Boy's African Giant. The guitar-flanked track features vocals from singer-songwriter WANI, who we've previously covered.

The hip-hop-leaning "Wetin Dey" samples a classic tune from Nigerian underground rap pioneers Ruff Rugged & Raw, which was also titled "Wetin Dey (Omukeke)."

Read: Odunsi Is the Artist Transforming Nigerian Music

Odunsi is coming off the drop of his latest single "Tipsy," featuring RAYE, and the success of his 13-song debut album, rare., which featured appearances from Davido, Runtown, Santi, Nasty C, Tay Iwar and more.

Listen to his two new singles "Better Days" and "Wetin Dey" below.

Update 8/15/19: Watch the new Lagos-shot music video for "Wetin Dey / Better Days" below.

"With 'Wetin Dey' I wanted to express the youth in Lagos going out and having fun," Odunsi tells The Fader. "I was inspired by the Will Smith 'Summertime' video. I always wanted to recreate that. 'Better Days' has a bit of a darker theme of running away after doing something evil. I had to shoot two videos because I like both songs as much as the other."

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Video: Walshy Fire On Bridging African & Caribbean Sounds In 'ABENG'

In 'Moments With: Walshy Fire,' we sit down with Walshy Fire to talk about the many inspirations behind ABENG, Kenya's role in the process, the label of "afrobeats," and pushing positive music.

Walshy Fire—producer, DJ and member of Major Lazer—recently released his latest record, ABENG.

Throughout its 11 songs, the new album aims to be a conversation between the Caribbean and Africa, featuring some of the biggest names across the dancehall and afro-fusion scenes like Mr Eazi, Kranium, Ice Prince, Demarco, Wizkid, Runtown and many more.

We sat down with Walshy Fire to talk about the many inspirations behind ABENG and its title, Kenya's role in the process, the label of "afrobeats," and pushing positive music.

Watch below.

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News Brief

Berita Shares Stunning Visuals Filmed at Victoria Falls for Her Single ‘Yours’

Watch Berita's new music video for her single 'Yours.'

Berita's latest music video depicts Zimbabwe in a light you hardly ever see it in. The colorful visuals show the South Africa-based Afro soul singer in her home town Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.

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Kwesta Releases New Single and Music Video Featuring Rich Homie Quan

Check out Kwesta and Rich Homie Quan's collaborative single and video.

After teasing the single for a week, Kwesta finally released "Run It Up." The song features ATL hip-hop artist Rich Homie Quan, who dominates the first half of the song with melodic raps and a catchy hook before the South African hip-hop superstar delivers a verse that reps his hood and reminisces of his come-up.

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