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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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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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