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Best Music of the Week: Wizkid, Juls, Adekunle Gold, YoungstaCPT, Nissi & 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.

Wizkid & Starboy Crew "Soco"

Wizkid's first release of 2018 is a banger. Soco" is a Northboi-produced single which sees him team up with three artists off his Starboy label crew: new signee Terri (who got signed recently after tagging Wizkid in an Instagram video), Spotless, and Ceeza Milli.

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Juls "Agoro" feat. Adekunle Gold & Bisa Kdei

The British-Ghanaian producer Juls heads to his grandfather's hometown of Gbese, Jamestown in the new clipfor "Agoro," one of the standout tracks from his Ojekoo EP. The song sees Juls link up with two big names on the scene right now, Nigerian hitmaker Adekunle Goldand Ghana's Bisa Kdei, for an uplifting, guitar-led production.

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YoungstaCPT "Own 2018"

South African rapper YoungstaCPT just released the video for his song "Own 2018." In the video, the rapper carries on parading the trophy he won at the 2017 South African Hip Hop Awards for Lyricist of the Year in different hoods in Cape Town.

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Ras Nebyu "Don't Forget" feat. Corbin Butler & Haile Supreme

Ethiopian-American rapper Ras Nebyu comes through with the visual for "Don't Forget," a track built on one of the smoothest bass lines we've heard in a long while. The single sees Nebyu connecting with rapper/producer Corbin Butler and Haile Supreme. All three are members of the Washington Slizzards, a creative collective of artists coming out of an increasingly flourishing D.C. rap scene.

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Nissi "Familiar"

Burna Boy's sister Nissi comes through with the uplifting new video for "Familiar," arguably her most addictive track to-date which blends an array of electronic, pop and afrobeats influences for an all-out dance affair. Nissi is joined by two dancers in the new clip as she proceeds to kill it with her dance moves—and with those outfits.

"Familiar" is available everywhere now from Okaymusic.

Jojo Abot "Alime" feat. Elo & Vuyo

New York and South Africa-based Ghanaian artist Jojo Abot presents a head-spinning sound she's calling 'psychedelic Gqom' in her new single "Alime." The self-produced single is "a nod of appreciation for the spiritual trance that is South African Gqom, expressed by what a marriage between myself and this sound could create," Abot explains.

Odie "Faith"

Odie is back at it with an industrial afrobeats sound with "Faith," the infectious new single off the producer-cum-singer's upcoming project, Analogue, which is due in the spring.

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Batuk "Move!"

Manteiga and Spoek Mathambo form the music collective called BATUK.The Johannesburg-based group are back with a new single & music video for "Move!," an ode to the township roots that shaped them.

Stogie T "Honey and Pain" feat. Mike Classic

In the new video for his single "Honey and Pain," South African lyricist Stogie T gives us a glimpse into his travels and adventures. The video is a collation of clips of the rapper from a few years ago, in different places—South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Nigeria, Canada and France, among a few others.

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Flappy & Ramos "Lokere"

You all remember Flappy, the "Coded Level" crooner. He's now dropping "Lokere," another high-energy tune to blast across the streets of Lagos. It features his manager and label C.E.O. Ramos.

"Lokere" is available everywhere from Okaymusic.

Vumomsé "Shake Body" feat. B-Gahns

Vumomsé comes through with an uplifting single in "Shake Body," a dance collaboration with US gospel rapper B-Gahns. "We're spreading the celebration and happy vibe all over the neighborhoods, villages, cities, towns, and the world over," Vumosé mentions.

"Shake Body" is available everywhere now from Okaymusic

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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