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Best Music of the Week: Burna Boy, AKA, Femi Kuti, Tiwa Savage & 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.


Burna Boy "Heaven's Gate" feat. Lily Allen

It's Burna season. The buzzing Nigerian returned this week with not one, but two, brand new singles. Our favorite is "Heaven's Gate," featuring chorus vocals from Lily Allen. The other is a (surprisingly decent) collaboration with Fall Out Boy. Burna's new album, Outside, is out this Friday, January 26.

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AKA "StarSigns" feat. Stogie T

South African star AKA returns to his rap roots and packs some serious heat. He takes a look at where he started, traces his journey, rubs his longevity on your face, and sneers at his competition. Stogie T's verse impresses, too.

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Femi Kuti "One People One World"

"'One People One World' is a plea towards global harmony and solidarity. When you look at what's going on in Africa, Europe and America, it's important to keep the dream of unity alive," Femi Kuti told OkayAfrica about the title track from his forthcoming 10th album.

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Ladipoe "Are You Down" feat. Tiwa Savage (prod. by Don Jazzy)

It's an all Mavin Records affair as Nigerian rapper Ladipoe links up with superstar Tiwa Savage for "Are You Down," an addictive, horn-flanked single produced by none-other-than Don Jazzy.

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Preto Show "Banger (Mamawe)" feat. Davido

Here's a cross continental banger from Angola's Preto Show and Nigerian superstar Davido. This one's got an infectious beat that'll heat up any dance floor.

Sarkodie "Light It Up" feat Big Narstie & Jayso

Ghanaian heavyweight rapper Sarkodie has shared the visual for "Light It Up," an ominous and booming track from his Highest album which sees him join forces with the UK's Big Narstie and fellow Ghanaian Jayso.

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Baloji "Soleil De Volt"

Congolese musician Baloji, a longtime favorite here at OkayAfrica, goes full 1970s Soul Train in this new music video for "Soleil De Volt." Get into the funk.

Stonebwoy "Bawasaaba"

Ghanaian dancehall and reggae big name Stonebwoy drops the visual for "Bawasaaba," a highly-addictive tune from his recent album, Epistles of Mama.

Julius Begger "Morale"

At only 19-years-old, Nigerian newcomer Julius Begger cements his spot our "ones to watch" list with "Morale," an impressive and percussion-heavy single from the young talent. Having worked with the likes of Killertunes, Tekno, So-Plain, Jay Pizzle, we'll be sure to keep Julius on our radar—and you should to.

Purchase "Morale" via Okaymusic.

Wande Coal "Tur-Key Nla"

Wande Coal followed up the massive success of "Iskaba" with the equally potent single "Tur-Key Nla" last year. That single now gets the colorful music video treatment.

Sona "Feeling You"

UK afrobeats act Sona is on to something with "Feeling You," a head nodder song about "the early stages of a long-term relationship," he mentions.

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Interview

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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