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Best Music of the Week: Davido, Jidenna, Tekno x Wizkid & 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.


Davido "FIA"

Davido's been on a roll this year. The Nigerian star continues that streak with the Fresh-produced "FIA" which is sure to light up club floors and dance floors over the holiday season. The singer recently won Best African Act at the MTV EMAs.

Jidenna's Boomerang EP

The Chief is back! Jidenna returns with 6-track EP featuring big names like Tiwa Savage, Maleek Berry, Wale, Burna Boy, Sardokie, and Quavo. Hear the full Boomerang EP here and watch the video for its electronic afrobeats lead single above.

Tekno & Wizkid "Mama"

Tekno and Wizkid, two of the biggest names on the scene right now, join forces for the new single, "Mama." The new tracks sees both artists singing about the constant hustle get to their level, in the same vein of Wizkid's monster hit, "Ojuelegba."

Porier & Samito "Sowia"

It's premiere time! Producer Poirier connects with Canadian-Mozambican singer Samito in the addictive afro-house banger, "Sowia." The dance-heavy single takes influences from Mozambique with its floating guitar hooks, big bass lines, and Portuguese singing. Watch our premiere of the video above. "Sowia" features on Poirier's Be Alright EP.

Mvroe "Honesty"

Kenyan artist Mvroe's new single, "Honesty," is a dark and powerful hip-hop excursion that'll grab you and not let go. In it, the East African Wave member shows off his lyrical prowess over a booming beat. You can purchase "Honesty" now on iTunes through Okaymusic.

Femi Kuti "One People One World"

Femi Kuti and his band, Positive Force, have announced their return with their 10th studio album, due February 23 from Knitting Factory Records. Hear the record's title track "One People One World," a plea towards global harmony and solidarity, above.

Blick Bassy

Last but not least, French-based Cameroonian artist Blick Bassy—who performed an incredible acoustic show on Facebook live for us—is sharing another acoustic session. Watch Bassy and his band perform "Ndjè Yèm" above.

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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