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Olamide "Science Student"

The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring DJ Spinall x Wizkid, Radio 123, Adekunle Gold, Olamide, 10LEC6, Espacio Dios and more.

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.


Olamide "Science Student"

Olamide kicked off the year in full force with the release of his single "Science Student," a highly-potent injection of energetic beats and infectious melodies. The controversial street banger, which was banned in Nigeria, now gets an epic, anti-drug music video featuring high-level choreography that gives off some "Thriller" vibes.

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Spotify x OkayAfrica 'African Heat'

By the way, did you see our take over of Spotify's African Heat playlist? It kicks off with "Science Student" then goes through all the hottest tracks out right right now from Davido, Maphorisa, Kwesta, MHD, Wizkid, Tiwa and many, many more.

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Wizkid & DJ Spinall "Nowo"

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Wizkid and DJ Spinall make a pretty stellar duo, as evidenced by their collaboration "Opoju," from Spinall's 2017 album Dreams. The two link up again on the new track "Nowo," and it's just as blazing.

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10LEC6 "Quakerz"

10LEC6 is a French group signed to Ed Banger Records. The outfit has taken new life with the addition of singer Nicole, who delivers some gospel inspired Bulu rapping inspired by her Cameroonian background. The result is a highly infectious genre they're calling BULUPUNK!

Radio 123 'Manga Manga' EP

Radio 123 is part of a new wave of South African bands defying all traditional rules and breaking genre boundaries. The Joburg duo, comprised of members Nyameko Nkondlwane and Simangaliso Mfula, just released a new EP titled Manga Manga. And oh boy, it's a treat.

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Adekunle Gold "Ire"

Adekunle Gold's latest single "Ire" is a touching, guitar-led ballad backed by traditional Yoruba percussion sounds. The personal track sees the Nigerian artist reflecting on his life's journey.

LISTEN TO OUR ARTIST PLAYLIST WITH ADEKUNLE GO ADEKUNLE GOLD

Espacio Dios 'Percussive Planet' EP

South African artist Espacio Dios just released a new EP. The project is his most focused to date and a culmination of the artist's genre bending attempts. Aptly titled Percussive Planet, the project boasts drums and percussion that support thumping electronic bass lines and synths, pads and marimbas.

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Tomi Agape "In The Night" feat. Nonso Amadi

London-based Tomi Agape—who you might remember from her feature on Juls' Leap of Faith—draws inspiration from her African roots for this dancehall-leaning cut "In The NIght," a collaboration with Nonso Amadi.

Flappy & Ramos "Challenge"

The buzzing Flappy and Ramos are back with "Challenge," a new single with they mention is meant to be an
"inspirational, motivational and encouraging song that gives you hope and faith after listening to it... Take a deep breath and enjoy!"

"Challenge" is available everywhere now from Okaymusic.

Steeky "Crazy"

Nigeria's Steeky comes through with "Crazy," a head-nodder of a tune focused on his smooth delivery and a booming bass line.

"Crazy" is available everywhere now from Okaymusic.


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Freddie Harrel Is Building Conscious Beauty For and With the African Diaspora

Formerly known as "Big Hair Don't Care", creator Freddie Harrel and her team have released 3 new wig shapes called the "RadShapes" available now.


Photo: Courtesy of Radswan


The normalising of Black and brown women in wigs of various styles has certainly been welcomed by the community, as it has opened up so many creative avenues for Black women to take on leadership roles and make room for themselves in the industry.

Radswan (formerly known as Big Hair Don't Care), is a lifestyle brand "bringing a new perspective on Blackness through hair, by disrupting the synthetic market with innovative and sustainable products." Through their rebrand, Radswan aims to, "upscale the direct-to-consumer experience holistically, by having connected conversations around culture and identity, in order to remove the roots of stigma."

The latest from French-Cameroonian founder and creator Freddie Harrel - who was featured on our list of 100 women of 2020 - has built her career in digital marketing and reputation as an outspoken advocate for women's empowerment. On top of her business ventures, the 2018 'Cosmopolitan Influencer of the Year' uses her platform to advocate for women's empowerment with 'SHE Unleashed,' a workshop series where women of all ages come together to discuss the issues that impact the female experience, including the feeling of otherness, identity politics, unconscious bias, racism and sexism.

And hair is clearly one of her many passions, as Freddie says, "Hair embodies my freest and earliest form of self expression, and as a shapeshifter, I'm never done. I get to forever reintroduce my various angles, tell all my stories to this world that often feels constrained and biased."

Armed with a committee of Black women, Freddie has cultivated Radswan and the aesthetic that comes with the synthetic but luxurious wigs. The wigs are designed to look like as though the hair is growing out of her own head, with matching lace that compliments your own skin colour.

By being the first brand to use recycled fibres, Radswan is truly here to change the game. The team has somehow figured out how to make their products look and feel like the real thing, while using 0% human hair and not negotiating on the price, quality or persona.

In 2019, the company secured £1.5m of investment led by BBG Ventures with Female Founders Fund and Pritzker Private Capital participating, along with angelic contributions from Hannah Bronfman, Nashilu Mouen Makoua, and Sonja Perkins.

On the importance of representation and telling Black stories through the products we create, Freddie says, "Hair to me is Sundays kneeling between your mothers or aunties legs, it's your cousin or newly made friend combing lovingly through your hair, whilst you detangle your life out loud. Our constant shapeshifting teaches us to see ourselves in each other, the hands braiding always intimately touching our head more often than not laying someone's lap."

"Big Hair No Care took off in ways we couldn't keep up with," she continues, "RadSwan is our comeback.It's a lifestyle brand, it's the hair game getting an upgrade, becoming fairer and cleaner. It's the platform that recognises and celebrates your identity as a shapeshifter, your individuality and your right to be black like you."


Check out your next hairstyle from Radswan here.

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