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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.


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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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