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Best Music of the Week: Mr Eazi, Sauti Sol, Wizkid, Burna Boy & More

These are 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 ourSongs 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.

Mr Eazi "Pour Me Water"

Mr Eazi's back with a new song that features his signature laid back flow and tidy production from E Kelly. With its mellow and understated afrobeats vibe, "Pour Me Water" is a quintessential Eazi track, and we're not complaining.

Juls "Gwarn" feat. Burna Boy

"Gwarn," the ultra-smooth afrobeats collaboration from British-Ghanaian producer Juls and Nigerian star Burna Boy, has been on constant heavy rotation these days. The new single has now gotten an incredible animated visual to go along with it—its probably the best music video you'll see all month.

Sauti Sol "Melanin" feat. Patoranking

Sauti Sol celebrate "Melanin" in their stunning new video with Patoranking. The Kenyan afro-pop stars team up with the Nigerian dancehall artist to give us "Melanin," the lead single from their forthcoming Afrikan Sauce LP.

Wizkid & MUT4Y "Manya"

Wizkid and MUT4Y's new video for "Manya" will give you life. Starboy heads to Fela's New Afrika Shrine in the video for this heavy dance tune alongside the Legendury Beatz producer.

J Hus "Bouff Daddy"

J Hus' new music video for "Bouff Daddy" is a kaleidoscope of vibes. The Gambian-British MC shows us how to have a good time poolside paired with sharp visuals.

Young Fathers "Lord"

Mercury Prize-winning Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers deliver a stunning music video for their angelic new track "Lord."

Kwaye "Lost In My Boots"

Zimbabwe-born artist Kwaye released his debut EP, Solar, a few months ago. The LA-based singer is now sharing "Lost In My Boots," a beautifully-crafted new songs about losing faith in a relationship.

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.



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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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