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

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Photo: Felipe Maia.

Making Music Between the Cracks In Senegal

Navigating mbalax, hip-hop, and afropop, Senegalese artists are sticking together to make their music heard.

Taking a stroll in Dakar is an overwhelming sonic experience. One of the busiest metropolises of West Africa, Senegal's capital is flooded by taxis with lousy tailpipes and drivers who are keen to honk every now and then while cruising long avenues by the seaside. All over the city, several minarets' speaker boxes remind the prayer times throughout the day, adding chants to daily people's chats in different languages and dialects.

At first, it may not seem too different from other big cities in Africa, but one kind of music sets a unique dakarois tone. Whether in a clothing store, having a thieboudienne for lunch or taking a cab, one's ears will be caught by mbalax music.

A new generation of artists wants to bring different sounds to the main stage of the Senegalese arts. They are the likes of the electro-fueled trio Guiss Guiss Bou Bess, the big afrobeat-ish band Sahad & The Nataal Patchwork and the experimentalist sound-maker Ibaaku. He's one of the founders of Kandang, a newly-born platform that aspires to build up a healthy environment that could develop the work of Senegalese musicians through concerts, workshops and promotion.

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