Kwesta & Wale's "Spirit" video.

Best Music of the Week: Olamide, Kwesta x Wale, Maleek Berry, Young Fathers & More

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.

Olamide "Science Student"

Nigeria's Olamide kicked off his year in full force with "Science Student," a potent injection of afrobeats energy that could easily replace your morning, or mid-afternoon, coffee. The single sees Olamide connecting with Young John "the wicked producer," as his tag goes, who was responsible for the monster beat of "Wo!!" He's joined by BBanks on production duties for this highly-infectious new track.

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Anatii ‘Thixo Onofefe’

South African artist Anatii released "Thixo Onofefe" his first solo song since his joint album with AKA, Be Careful What You Wish For. Continuing the theme of spirituality, which was rife on BCWYWF, the artist literally prays (he chants "Phuma, phuma Satan") over bass squelches and screeching synthesizers.

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Maleek Berry 'First Daze of Winter' EP

Maleek Berry returns with the highly-anticipated follow-up to last year's successful Last Daze of Summer EP—and he's keeping with his seasonal theme. The Nigerian producer and singer dropped the newFirst Daze of Winter, which has already produced some memorable jams like "Been Calling" and "Pon My Mind."

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Kwesta "Spirit" feat. Wale

Kwesta and Wale's video for their 2017 hit, "Spirit," is a visual poem about the hood and spirituality. The music video shows different facets of the township—among people adorned in church regalia and receiving the Holy Communion and getting baptized, we see spinning gusheshes, a chicken being slaughtered for a ritual, a sangoma, guzzling of alcohol, and a whole lot more.

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Young Fathers "In My View" + New Album

Scottish-Liberian-Nigerian trio Young Fathers have been longtime favorites here at OkayAfrica. The Mercury Prize-winning outfit is now announcing their upcoming album, Cocoa Sugar, which is due March 9. The band is also sharing the captivating new video for "In My View," the album's lead single, which you should really check out above.

MI Abaga "Your Father" feat.Dice Ailes

MI Abaga sparked a strong debate about the state of Nigerian hip-hop last year with "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives." He now returns with yet-another hard-hitting and in-your-face track, "Your Father," which features help from Dice Ailes.

Ezra Collective "Pure Shade"

London's Ezra Collective mold afrobeat, hip-hop, and reggae influences into something completely unique in "Pure Shade," a highlight track from the upcomingWe Out Here compilation from Brownswood Recordings.

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Sally Boss Madam "Fasuluka"

Namibia's Sally Boss Madam dropped the bright new visual for "Fasuluka," one of the many addictive afro-fusion singles featured in her album, My Black, which is available everywhere now from Okaymusic.

Martyn 'Ready Or Not'

Nigeria's Martyn seamlessly blends rhymes and beat loops in his 7-track Ready Or Not. Any hip-hop heads should check out this new EP, and it's title track, which is available across all outlets from Okaymusic.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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