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Best Music of the Week: Kendrick x SZA, Niniola, Ibeyi, Muthoni Drummer Queen & 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.


Kendrick Lamar & SZA "All the Stars" for 'Black Panther'

Kendrick Lamar and SZA's incredible video for "All the Stars," the lead single from the TDE-produced Black Panther soundtrack finds a way to touch on all corners of the African continent—from Congolese sapeurs to kente from Ghana.

Read about all of the video's African references here.

Niniola "Oyin" + "Maradona" SA cover

South African producer Eternal's cover of Nigerian singer Niniola's hit single "Maradona" has gone viral. The cover features Eastern Cape born vocalist Amanda Faku, who was a contestant on The Voice SA last year. She sings her vocals in IsiXhosa. Niniola's also dropped a new addictive video and single for "Oyin."

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Ibeyi's Tiny Desk Concert

Ibeyi are the latest artists to appear on NPR's Tiny Desk concert series. The French-Cuban duo performed stripped down versions of four of their songs including "Oddudua," which the twins sing in Yoruba, "Deathless," "Valé," and "Transmission/Michaelion," from their 2017 album Ash.

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Kae Sun "Treehouse"

Canadian-based Ghanaian singer and songwriter Kae Sun premiered music video for "Treehouse," a dark-yet-uplifting anthem for late nights and early mornings inspired by his neighborhood in Accra.

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LeriQ & Odunsi the Engine "Start All Over"

Nigerian producer and songwriter LeriQ—the man behind the beats on Burna Boy's solid debut albumL.I.F.E - Leaving an Impact for Eternity and his Redemption EP—teams up with Odunsi for this ultra smooth Nigerian R&B jam, "Start All Over."

"Start All Over" is available now from Okaymusic.

Muzi "Chocolate Dreams" feat. Una Rams & Saint Seaba

South African producer Muzi drops the video for"Chocolate Dreams," a catchy afrobeats-meets-pop song that features rising SA singer Una Rams and Nigerian producer and singer Saint Seaba.

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Muthoni Drummer Queen "Lover"

"Lover," the new single from Kenya's Muthoni Drummer Queen, is a buoyant, synth-lead anthem that tells the story of a proud and unapologetic transgender woman who, as Muthoni's team writes, "is experiencing the power and beauty of womanhood while basically having the sex of her life."

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Kobi Onyame "Still We Rise" feat. Wanlov the Kubolor

UK-based Ghanaian artist Kobi Onyame links up another fellow Ghanaian, Wanlov the Kubolor of FOKN Bois fame, for a hazy trip through the mountains of Ghana in "Still We Rise," a song about staying on your grind.

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Patoranking "Available"

Nigeria's Patoranking showcases the ever-growing influence of South Africa's gqom in the new music video for his single, "Available."

Montess "Ma Booi"

Cameroonian diva Montess comes through with "Ma Booi," an addictive, synth-lead single about being in love with her man.

"Ma Booi" is available across all platforms from Okaymusic.

Sean Tizzle "Kpro Kpro"

Sean Tizzle has a song that could sound track any and all of your upcoming parties. The new video for "Kpro Kpro" was shot and directed by Ademola Falomo in Lagos, Nigeria.

Mr P "My Way"

Mr P (Peter Okoye formerly of P-Square) gets his Kanye in "Can't Tell Me Nothing" on his new desert video for "My Way."

Follow OkayAfrica 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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