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Best Music of the Week: Juls x Burna Boy, Shaydee x Wizkid, M.I & 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 ourSongs 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.


Juls "Gwarn" feat. Burna Boy

UK-Ghanaian hitmaker Juls and Nigerian star Burna Boy connect for the ultra-smooth new single "Gwarn." The dancehall-influenced beat here is pretty much perfect, it plays like butter, and Burna's delivery is right on point. Looks like we got a new hit on our hands.

Shaydee "Make Sense" feat. Wizkid

Nigeria's Shaydee recruits the Starboy himself Wizkid for this laid-back new afrobeats single, "Make Sense." The video expresses how calm and cool the song is," Shaydee tells Fader, "It was born out of spontaneity which I feel is always the best way."

Wax Dey "Better" feat. Mr. Leo

Wax Dey and Mr. Leo—two of Cameroon's finest—link up in this new music video for "Better," which also features Cameroonian actors Onyama Laura and Nchifor Valery. "Better" is a highly-catchy and positive track about life simply improving. Make sure to grab Wax Dey's album, 360 Degrees, which is full of these gems.

M.I Abaga "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives"

Nigerian star M.I Abaga returned with a punch, taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers. "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives" has sparked a large debate about the current state Nigerian hip-hop.

The GTW "Sonshine"

The GTW makes music influenced by his Chicago and Nigerian backgrounds—he calls it "Chigerian." His latest drop, "Sonshine," is a total head-nodder that sees him blending Chicago ghetto house and UK rave chords. The GTW mentions that the lyrics are about finding a balance between "a thirst for both spiritual and emotional fulfilment."

Nova "Heartless"

Rising Nigerian artist Nova sings about heartbreak in his Doozybeatz-produced single "Heartless." The melancholic track now has a hazy new music video, which you should check out above.

Mazi Chukz "Rotate" (prod. by Maleek Berry)

Lastly, London-based Mazi Chukz enlists star producer Maleek Berry for this addictive party starter of a tune, "Rotate." Start your weekend early with this one above.

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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Nana Mensah's 'Queen of Glory' To Screen At The 2021 TriBeCa Film Festival

Ghanaian-American actress, writer and filmmaker Nana Mensah talks tenacity in filmmaking and telling immigrant stories from a joyful perspective.

Much has changed in the time since Nana Mensah first had the idea for her directorial feature debut — a dark comedy about a Ghanaian-American scientist trying to reconcile her family heritage in the wake of her mother's death — and began the Kickstarter in 2014 that would help turn it into a film. It may have taken a few years, but the movie Queen of Glory is now showcasing as part of the TriBeCa Film Festival's 20th edition, with a world premiere set to take place at Hudson River Park on June 15th.

When Mensah began working on the film, she was trying to break into an industry that lacked roles for complex, conflicted characters — particularly for Black women. So, she co-founded a production company with her friend Anya Migdal to create those very kinds of projects. She has since forged a solid stage and screen career, with roles in Netflix's Bonding and 13 Reasons Why, as well as NBC's New Amsterdam, and in theatrical productions alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Anthony Mackie. Last year she was in Ekwa Msinga's Farewell Amor, as well as Apple's Anthology series Little America, and she'll soon be seen in Netflix's The Chair with Sandra Oh this summer and Kogonada's upcoming film After Yang, with Colin Farrell. Yet through it all, Mensah has never lost sight of finishing her first film project.

She opens up about what it took to get the film from a mere idea to the TriBeCa Film Festival.

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