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Best Music of the Week: Runtown, Davido, Vanessa Mdee & 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 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.

Runtown "Energy"

Runtown makes a strong return with "Energy," a track that plays like it could be another smash hit for the Sound God. The new single sees him link up with frequent collaborator and beat maker Del'B, who also produced "Mad Over You."

Davido "Like Dat"

Davido's been on a hot streak this year with "If," "Fall," "FIA," and several other drops. He continues that untouchable form with the Shizzi-produced new single "Like Dat."

Vanessa Mdee "Bounce"

Vanessa Mdee's 'Bounce' will jump start any playlist. The Tanzanian star and all-around boss is back with another hit track featuring Maua Sama and Tommy Flavour. "Bounce" is available now across all platforms from Okaymusic.

Praiz "Show Me Love"

X3M Music's star vocalist Praiz drops "Show Me Love," a highly-addictive tune tailor made for end of year festivities.

Nu Fvnk & Hiribae "254 Dip"

East African Wave's Nu Fvnk and Hiribae are onto something wild with this new track. The stuttering beat will have you in a complete trance as the artists rep for Kenya (+254 is the country's calling code). "254 Dip" is available across all platforms now.

Maleek Berry "Pon My Mind"

Maleek Berry drops the lead single from his upcoming First Daze of Winter mixtape, a follow-up to his excellent Last Daze of Summer EP. Give "Pon My Mind" a spin above.

Mimi Mars "Sitamani"

Tanzania's Mimi Mars continues to impress with her latest single, "Sitamani," which takes a house-inspired beat to higher places. "Sitamani" is available everywhere now.

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


Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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