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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

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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