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Weekend Burners: The Best Tracks & Music Videos Of The Week

Stream and download the best African music that came across our desks this week.


'Immigration' by Prisco III [via African Digital Art]

In Weekend Burners we highlight our choices of the best African music tracks, videos, and mixes that came across our desks throughout the week. Stream & download them below, straight from the Okayafrica bunker, and click on the track titles for more info:

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Fela Kuti x Pharrell ‘Happy Mentality’

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Blitz The Ambassador x Seun Kuti ‘Make You No Forget’

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Harry Mosco ‘For You Specially’ Nigerian Funk Reissue Via Secret Stash

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Old Money’s ‘Mothership’ EP + Chief Boima & DJ Spoko Remixes

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Hot Chip Covers William Onyeabor’s ‘Atomic Bomb’

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Chimurenga Renaissance ‘riZe vadZimu riZe’ Zimbabwe-Filmed Visual Album Stream

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Balani Show Super Hits: Electronic Street Parties from Mali

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Busy Signal Cover P-Square’s ‘Personally’

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Underground System 'Bella Ciao'

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Max le Daron 'Gulder Riddim'

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Wizkid Performs ‘Joy/No Woman No Cry’ On BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Live Lounge

Interview

Interview: Omah Lay Is Nigeria's New Young Act to W​atch

We sit down with the rising Port Harcourt-born musician to talk about his latest EP, Get Layd.

Omah Lay's music is at once introspective and hedonistic, matched with the vibrancy of alt-pop production, sometimes crafted by the artist himself. The Nigerian act, who released his debut EP, Get Layd, earlier this year has been described as wielding the "lyricism of Burna Boy and the melodies of Wizkid."

Omah Lay's grandfather played in Celestine Ukwu's highlife band; his father played the drums too. Being put through his paces in Nigeria's South region—specifically Port Harcourt—supplies the grit to Omah's velvety singing. The starkness of the world he inhabits is a wonder and his lyrics are too. Phrases like "You dun burst my eyeglass" and "Omo she be SARS and she carry full van" are a cultural stamp, a burst out of the ordinary for listeners, many of whom now declare Omah Lay as "special."

Following the validating reception of singles "You" and "Bad Influence," Omah Lay shared the Get Layd EP on May 22. Including just three new songs might have posed a gamble and not defined his sound well enough, but the musician shattered those judgements. Omah Lay is a gifted artist and has the uncanny ability to exist in his space, even when circling around the afro-fusion tag that has seen a recent rise in adaptability.

Below, Omah Lay speaks to OkayAfrica about his Get Layd EP, coming to Lagos, and more.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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