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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Yemi Alade, GoldLink, Sampa The Great, Africa Express, Kid Tini, Olamide, Juls, Walshy Fire and more.

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 our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.



Yemi Alade 'Bounce'

Yemi Alade is back, with a new track just in time for the summer. The Nigerian singer has released her latest song "Bounce," a bubbly tune, tailor made for the dance floor. "Shake body. Bounce," she urges listeners throughout the Edgarboi-produced track. The repetitive lyrics—which see the artist flexing her range and unique flow—and upbeat production make it easy to hit some of our favorite moves to. In May, the artist teased the release of her forthcoming album Woman of Steel, which will be her fourth studio album to date.

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GoldLink 'Diaspora' + Jimmy Fallon w/ Maleek Berry

GoldLink is back with his brand new album, Diaspora. True to its name, the 14-track Diaspora sees the DMV rapper connecting with the likes of Wizkid, hitmaker Maleek Berry and British-Ghanaian producer Juls, as well as Pusha T, Tyler the Creator, Khalid, WSTRN and more. The record was first announced with lead single "Zulu Screams," an addictive track that features Maleek Berry on the chorus and Bibi Bourelly on additional vocals. Both GoldLink and Berry appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to perform the track.

Listen to the album here

Sampa The Great 'Final Form'

Sampa The Great is back with her first single of the year, the hard-hitting "Final Form." On "Final Form" the artist rhymes fiercely over grand production, offering soulful '70s funk vibes and a message of black power. The vibrant music video was shot in Zambia and Botswana, where Sampa was born and raised, respectively. The striking visual features dancers performing on the street and in the market and tons of colorful ambiance. Sampa serves up a number of bold looks as she performs the song in multiple settings throughout the two countries.

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Africa Express 'Johannesburg'

Africa Express are coming back soon with a brand new studio album, EGOLI. The 18-track album from the music collective, which was co-founded by Damon Albarn, will concentrate on the sounds of South Africa and was recorded in just a week of collaborations in Johannesburg. Featured include buzzing South African names like Moonchild Sanelly, Sho Madjozi, BCUC, BLK JKS, FAKA, Mahotella Queens, Muzi, Morena Leraba, Nonku Phiri, Radio 123, and Sibot. It will also include a posthumous track with DJ Spoko. Other notable artists include Damon Albarn, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gruff Rhys, Ghetts, Blue May, Georgia, Poté and many more.

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Kid Tini 'Get Money' ft Styles P & Stogie T 

Kid Tini, one of South Africa's most talented young lyricists, ropes in veterans Styles P and Stogie T for a bar fest on his latest single "Get Money." Produced by Kreazo (who's produced for the likes of Emtee andSjava), the song sees the three lyricists each sharing a solid verse exploring the concept of getting money. Styles P mentions his mother is from Durban, and that he gets money like it's urgent. The New York hip-hop legend was recently in the country on a personal visit, that's highly likely when the collaboration happened. For Kid Tini to go bar for bar with these veterans is great to behold, but it's not surprising.

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Juls x Tiggs Da Author x Santi 'Maayaa'

Last month, Ghanaian producer Juls teamed up with Nigerian alté star Santi and Tanzanian musician Tiggs Da Author for the sultry love song "Maayaa." Now the artist has shared the music video for the standout track. "Maayaa" is dedicated to every bold black woman [who is] never embarrassed or ashamed to boast about their success and achievements, confident in their own skin and never scared to speak their mind," said Juls about the track upon its release.

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Olamide 'Oil & Gas'

Olamide is back with the video for his latest single "Oil & Gas." On the song, the Nigerian rapper asks some of the country's billionaire's to share in their immense wealth, so others can help them spend it—they'll never be able to spend it all by themselves after all. He name drops some of the country's richest men like Tony Elumelu and Femi Otedola on the Pheelz-produced. With its rapid beat, the song is an easy one to hit the zanku to.

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Walshy Fire, Mr Eazi & Kranium 'Call Me'

Walshy Fire has been on a roll, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect from his new album Abengwith "No Negative Vibes" and "Round of Applause." Now, the Jamaican-born DJ enlists Mr Eazi and Kranium for another cross-cultural collab with his latest single, "Call Me." The music video, directed by Jocelyn Cooper, has also dropped and is a colorful affair—nodding to both the Ghanaian and Rastafarian flags with the monochrome scenes of yellow, green and red.

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Bad Boy Timz 'Check and Balance'

Timz has finally dropped the music video for his latest single "Check and Balance". On the song, Nigerian singer Timz gives us a romantic but upbeat melody that we can groove and get down to. The video opens against the backdrop of colorful umbrellas and flags overhead, bright walls and greenery. Surrounded by beautiful Black women, Timz attempts to win the heart of his love interest. One definitely gets strong island vibes from this stunning visual.

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Dr Sid 'Good Time'

Sidney Onoriode Esiri or Dr Sid as he's popularly known, has finally dropped the music video for his first release of the year—"Good Time". Mavin Records' Dr Sid brings the heat in this upbeat and energetic visual. The music video opens with shots of the ocean and then pans out with aerial shots of palm trees, giving us relaxed beach vibes. In the music video, the prolific Nigerian artist sings about how he just wants to have a good time with his friends and of course, the vibrant scenes of a house party (both outdoors and indoors) only serve to drive that point home.

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Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.





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The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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