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.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

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.

Get to know the 4 South African artists featured in the Black Panther soundtrack

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

"Coded Level" is available everywhere now from Okaymusic

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.

"I Just Got A Cheque" is available everywhere now from Okaymusic

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


6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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