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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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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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