Best Music of the Week: Black Panther, Sauti Sol x Burna Boy, Olamide x Skepta & 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.
The 'Black Panther' Soundtrack
It's Black Panther week and the Kendrick Lamar and TDE-produced soundtrack is the best way to celebrate. On top of packing some serious heat from K. Dot, SZA, Swae Lee, Schoolboy Q, Future and many more, the album also features four South African artists: Sjava, Saudi, Yugen Blakrok and Babes Wodumo.
Tobe Nwigwe "History"
It's also Winter Olympics time right now and Houston-based artist Tobe Nwigwe dropped what should must-hear rap anthem for the Nigerian bobsled and skeleton athletes in the competition.
Sauti Sol "Afrikan Star" feat. Burna Boy
Following well-received collaborations with the likes of Pantoranking on "Melanin," and Tiwa Savage on"Girl Next Door" Kenyan supergroup Sauti Sol return with another standout track, this time featuring Naija dancehall heavyweight, Burna Boy.
Sun-EL Musician "Bamthathile" feat. Mlindo The Vocalist
South African producer Sun-El Musician's hit single "Akanamali" featuring Samthing Soweto was one of the biggest hits of 2017. He now returns with a new single featuring the singer Mlindo which has definite hit potential as well.
Sudan Archives "Paid"
Sudan Archives is the one-woman experimental electro-folk project of Brittney Parks, whose self-titled debut EP came out on Stones Throw Records. Get lost in the hazy and entrancing magic of "Paid."
Olamide "Sheevita Juice" feat. Skepta
Olamide follows up "Science Student," which we called the first banger of 2018, with this new single "Sheevita Juice," a booming collaboration with UK grime star Skepta.
M.I Abaga 'Rendezvous' Playlist
Nigerian hip-hop star M.I has released Rendezvous, a new "playlist" featuring established acts such as AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Wande Coal, Ajebutter22, Yung L, Falz, Dice Ailes, and Ghost, among newer names like Moelogo, Nonso Amadi, Tomi Thomas, among others.
Davido "Flora My Flawa"
After a prosperous 2017, afrobeats heavyweight Davido shows no signs of slowing down. The "Fia" singer returns with his first official song of 2018 "Flora My Flawa" and a humorous accompanying video.
Obie Iyoha "Karats"
Obie Iyoha is onto something with the outer-space flow and bopping beat of his latest single "Karats," which was inspired by a recent trip to Nigeria. "This song is one of personal growth for myself in becoming a mouthpiece for my boys back home in Edo State Nigeria," the rapper mentions.
Darkie Fiction "Fiction Sound"
Darkie Fiction, one of our South African artists to watch in 2018, come through with another impressive single in "Fiction Sound."
Flappy "Coded Level" feat. Ramos
Flappy and Ramos are back with another banger, they call this one "Coded Level," produced by Nigeria's Jerrywine. This song will definitely get you moving.
Maka " I Just Got A Cheque" feat. Munachi
Soul singer-songwriter Maka comes through "I Just Got A Cheque," a laid-back Teck-Zilla-produced joint featuring Nigerian MC Munachi.