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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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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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