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Best Music of the Week: Burna Boy x J Hus, Seun Kuti, Diamond Platnumz x Rick Ross, Combo Chimbita

Here 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.

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Burna Boy "Sekkle Down" feat. J Hus

Burna Boy connects with the UK's J Hus for "Sekkle Down," a new banger that plays like a fine marriage of Burna's dancehall style, J Hus' laid-back delivery and an afrobeats-meets-CarIbbean beat.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 "Black Times" feat. Carlos Santana

Seun Kuti is back and announcing the release of his new album, Black Times. The album's lead single and title track features none-other-than Carlos Santana. Kuti mentions his new record is "for anybody who believes in change and understands the duty we have to rise up and come together."

Combo Chimbita "No Regreso"

Let's take things to Colombia with this new music video from Combo Chimbita, self-described "tropical futurists playing cumbia-not-cumbia." The magical video, which is premiering here with us today, follows a young boy from the Afro-Colombian community of Santa Cruz del Islote, as he finds a mysterious jaguar mask.

Chico Mann & Captain Planet "Ya Te Toca (Yukicito Remix)"

We keep things in the Afro-Latino realm with this stellar Yukicito remix of "Ya Te Toca," a highlight from Chico Mann & Captain Planet's collaborative Night Visions album that we're premiering here. The two are now readying the release of the Night Visions remix album, which this track come from. It's impossible not to move to this one.

Diamond Platnumz x Rick Ross "Waka"

East African superstar Diamond Platnumz dropped a big—although heavily commercialized—collaboration with Maybach Music boss Rick Ross. "Waka" is a house-influenced song about popping bottles, in particular Belaire champagne, a brand for which Ross is an ambassador.

Wande Coal "Tur-key Nla"

Wande Coal comes through with another dance floor scorcher in "Tur-key Nla," an infectious track we can see playing at all the parties this holiday season.

Sarz "Get Up" feat. DJ Tunez & Flash

Star producer Sarz—who recently made an exclusive playlist for us—shares the energetic dance video for "Get Up," his collaboration with DJ Tunez and 19-year-old Lagos newcomer Flash.

Afrikan Boy "Wot It Do?"

"I travelled the world like a refugee," Afrikan Boy spits over a dizzying beat in his new single "Wot It Do?" The London-shot music video for the track was inspired by the concept of everyone's public online persona vs. reality.

EL 'Bar 4'

Ghanaian rapper EL's Bar 4 mixtape is one of the strongest African hip-hop releases of the year. Make sure you give it a spin and read our full review here.

Skepta "Ghost Ride" feat. A$AP Rocky & A$AP Nast

Last but not least, Skepta has dropped the music video for "Ghost Ride," the bopping collaboration with A$AP Rocky and A$AP Nast off his Vicious EP.

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.


Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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