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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: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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