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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.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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