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Best Music of the Week: Mr Eazi, Maleek Berry, MHD, Burna Boy & 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.


MHD "Afro Trap" Part 10 (Moula Gang)

MHD is the French rapper of Guinean and Senegalese descent who's been leading an "Afro Trap" revolution out of his base in Paris. His latest explosive video for "AFRO TRAP Part.10 (Moula Gang)" features cameos by football stars Mario Balotelli and Hector Belleriín.

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Burna Boy's 'Outside' LP Is Here

Burna Boy's new album, Outside, is here and it's completely worth your time. The highly-anticipated record includes well-received singles like "Sekkle Down" featuring J Hus, "Streets of Africa," and "Heaven's Gate"—an unexpected collaboration with Lily Allen.

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M.O x Mr Eazi "Bad Vibe" feat. Lotto Boyzz

British group M.O link up with Mr Eazi and Lotto Boyzz for this super-addictive afrobeats excursion, "Bad Vibe." M.O tells Fader that the collaborative single "is all about positive vibes and energy."

Uproot Andy & Studio 189's 'Bumper to Bumper'

Trust us, you really need these remixes of Mr Eazi, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B and many others in your life. Uproot Andy collaborated with Studio 189—the fashion brand and social initiative founded by Rosario Dawson & Abrima Erwiah—on this 16-track remix album of straight fire tracks.

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Maleek Berry "Pon My Mind"

Maleek Berry dropped the new visual for "Pon My Mind," one of the clear highlights off his latest project, First Daze of Winter, which also features popular tracks like "Been Calling."

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Jovi "20 BA"

Cameroonian rap force Jovi comes through with the music video for "20 BA," a booming track with enough punch to beat out your favorite trap rapper.

Read Jovi: 10 Things I Love About Cameroon

Olayinka Ehi 'Story' EP

Nigerian-born, New York City-based Olayinka Ehi shares her debut EP, Story. The artist, who we've covered before for her beautiful cover of Nina Simone, blends Afro-soul and R&B in some very compelling ways throughout these four well-crafted songs.

Tay Iwar "Video Star"

Buzzing Nigerian Tay Iwar rolls through with his first single of the year, "Video Star." Take a hazy, smoke-filled ride led by bumping bass lines and sweet harmonies with the young artist above.

Myme & JazzZ "You"

Definitely keep "You" in mind when putting together that playlist for Valentine's Day. This ultra smooth jam comes courtesy of the Lagos duo formed by the producer Myme and R&B/soul singer JazzZ. Get into it above.

"You" is available across all platforms from Okaymusic.

Ewube "Stay" feat. Locko

Cameroonian dancehall and R&B diva Ewube comes through with the soothing afropop single, "Stay," a top notch collaboration with fellow Cameroonian star Locko.

"Stay" is available on all platforms from Okaymusic.

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#LGBTRightsGhana: Ghanaians Rally Support For the LGBT+ Community

Pro-LGBT+ advocacy in Ghana is at an all-time high as members of the community face public backlash.

The LGBT+ community in the West African country of Ghana is a fast growing group, but they are also highly marginalized. In recent times, the nation's LGBT+ population has faced increased backlash from members of Ghana's society who are opposed to the rights of the community. Many members of the community are forced to live secret or suppressed lives, as those who are open about their sexuality face discrimination and oppression in various forms and degrees, as a result of living in a society that lacks progressiveness and regard for basic human rights for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation.

At the moment both the backlash and the advocacy for the cause is currently at a climax, sparked by recent events concerning Ghana's LGBT+ support group and the public opposition against it by Ghana's society and the nation's government. Ghana's official LGBT+ support group, called LGBT+ Rights Ghana, established their headquarters in Accra on January 31, 2021. The office was intended to be a safe space and avenue of support for all LGBT+ Ghanaians. On February 24, 2021. the office was shut down by members of Ghana's national security force together with the police, on orders issued by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, after the center became the subject of a furious public backlash.

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