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Best Music of the Week: Ibeyi, Patoranking, Shatta Wale, Olamide & More

These are the songs you need to hear this week.

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.

Ibeyi "Deathless"

French-Cuban twins Ibeyi have been one of our favorite acts out for a few years now. The pair return with "Deathless," alongside Kamasi Washington, and the announcement of their new album.

Juls "My Wave"

London-based Ghanaian Juls links up with Odunsi The Engine and Sona for this alluring, half-animated music video for "My Wave." We're totally here for it.

Ayo "Paname"

Nigerian-rooted, German singer Ayo shares a beautiful love letter to "African and Jamaican Paris" in her new music video for "Paname."

Mvroe & Joseph Kiwango "Freaky"

Kenya's Mvroe and Tanzania's Joseph Kiwango drop "Freaky," a perfect summer tune about that special lady. The track also features input from East African Wave's Hiribae and Ukweli.

The HeavyTrackerz x JME x Donae'o x P Money

Grime production duo The HeavyTrackerz recruit an all-star cast of JME, Donae'o and P Money for the anthemic "Control."

Patoranking x Diamond Platnumz

Two heavyweights collide in the new music video for Patoranking and Diamond Platnumz' addictive collaboration, "Love You Die."

Shatta Wale x Mr Eazi

Here's another top-tier collaboration, this time from Ghana's Shatta Wale and man-of-the-moment Mr Eazi. Hear them calling out all haters above.

Korede Bello x Lil Kesh

Korede Bello taps Lil Kesh for this dance floor jam, "My People," off his Belloved album.

Olamide "Update!"

Olamide quickly follows up the huge success of "Wo!" with his latest, Young John-produced single, "Update!" He might have another smash tune on his hands.

Kobi Onyame Gold 

UK-based Ghanaian rapper Kobi Onyame blends highlife influences with hip-hop in his new 11-track album, Gold. Stream it above and grab it everywhere here.

Stonebwoy x Kojo Funds

Ghana's Stonebwoy connects with Kojo Funds for this dancehall jam, "Falling Again."

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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