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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.

Interview
Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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