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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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Maeva Heim is the Founder the Beauty Industry Has Been Waiting on

The 31-year-old founder of Bread Beauty Supply is changing the conversation around haircare for textured hair.

It's nearing 9 p.m. in Australia, and Maeva Heim is dimly lit from behind and smiling warmly at her computer screen, ready to talk shop. We're here to discuss hair care, namely her brand Bread Beauty Supply, and how black beauty has made the globe smaller.

The 31-year-old is the founder of Bread Beauty Supply, a haircare line that encourages all textures and curl patterns to come as they are. "We don't want to tell you what to do with your hair. Enough people do that already," Heim says of Bread's brand philosophy. "We are just here to provide really good products for whatever you want to do with your hair at any point and not dictate to you how things should be. We're just women making the good products. You're making the good hair, and that's it. We're not here to define the rules."

But it's impossible to talk about recent strides in beauty products for textured hair without talking about the summer of 2020. In the weeks following the murder of George Floyd in the United States, a crescendo of cries rallied through global streets asking for not just equality but equity. The world watched with scrutiny as black boxes filled social feeds and brands made pledges to diversity. Those calls pinged from executive boards to the shelves of some of the world's largest beauty retailers. Meanwhile, after years of formulation, fundraising, and perfecting formulas and ingredients during a global pandemic, Maeva Heim introduced Bread beauty to the world in a perfect storm of timing and execution. The July 2020 launch filled a wide gap for Black beauty between homemade beauty products and behemoth beauty brands as Heim focused on an often under-explored direct-to-consumer middle.

Lauded on social media for their innovative packaging and nostalgic scents (the brand's award-winning hair oil smells like Froot Loops), Bread is a brand that makes hair care basics for not-so-basic hair. Typically, women with textured hair have not been included in the conversations around the idea of "'lazy girl hair" with minimal and effortless maintenance and styling - something Heim wanted to change. Part of Bread's mission is deleting category terms from the brand language – e.g. 'anti-frizz — that the brand feels unnecessarily demonizes characteristics that are natural to textured hair.

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Born and raised in Peth, Western Australia, to an Ivorian mother and a French father, Heim grew up as one of the few Black kids in her neighborhood. Her days weaved between school and helping her mother run her braiding salon, one of the only of its kind in 1990's Australia. From sweeping floors, answering phones, and assisting with product orders, Heim's introduction to the world of beauty was rooted in the practice of doing.

Heim would go on to study business and law at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, before working in marketing at L'Oréal, followed by an internship at Procter & Gamble in Singapore. But it wasn't until her relaxer exploded in her luggage during a flight between New York and Chicago that she began to think seriously about not only her personal hair journey but also about the beauty industry's gaps.

After ditching chemical hair-relaxer and returning to her natural texture, she pitched her idea to Sephora and, in 2019, was selected as one of the first-ever Australian participants in the Sephora Accelerate program, securing a launch deal for both in-store and online.

But what's most striking about Heim, aside from her penchant for focusing on the brand and the consumer, is her focus on the innovation gaps for Black beauty products. Uniquely shy on social media but poignantly focused on every nuance of her brand and serving Bread's prior overlooked customer base, Maeva is the founder the beauty world has been waiting for.

*This interview has been condensed and edited for length and clarity

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