Popular
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.

READ MORE

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.

LISTEN HERE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.


Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.

Popular
Photo: Courtesy of Saphir Niakadie

Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Meet Nigeria’s All-Female Bikers Club, Featured In Darey's Latest Video

Darey collaborates with all-female bike riders to reimagine a pandemic-free world in the new video for "Jojo."