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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.


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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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