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9 Videos/Tracks You Might've Missed

Watch and hear 9 standout tracks/video from D'banj, Alekesam, Wizkid, Boddhi Satva, Sarkodie and more!


The holidays are that rare (and blissful) time of the year when we get to put down our phones, ignore twitter feeds, and let our google reader pile up for days without checking it. We assume some of you might've done the same. To round up what we might've missed here's some highlight tracks, mixes and videos that dropped over the holiday from Alekesam, D'banj, Xtatic, Papa Ghana, Sarkodie, Wizkid, DJ Satelite and others.

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1. Sal Masekela, Bra Hugh's son (and previous X-Games host), drops a video for his reverb drenched R'n'B project Alekesam's latest single "Summer Jams."

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2. The Koko Master D'banj plays a high-stakes game of poker in "Cashflow."

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3. Kenya's hardest spitter (male or female) Xtatic is joined by SA rapper AKA and Priddy Ugly in this black-and-white banger.

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4. Naija boy Wizkid releases a video for the ultra-catchy fan-dedicated track "Thank You."

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5. Sarkodie flexes his flow in the uplifter jam "Hallelujah" featuring Viviane Chidid.

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6. Central African Republic producer Boddhi Satva drops visuals for "Nankoumandjan." feautring vocals from Mangala Camara.

7. Angola's DJ Satelite releases the third installment in the always-incredible Luanda No Horizonte mixes.

8. Cumbia producers Copia Doble Systema remix The Very Best.

9. Papa Ghana drops the dark-electronic dub "DVMSKO" off his upcoming debut Mandingo EP.

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