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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.

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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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Freddie Harrel Is Building Conscious Beauty For and With the African Diaspora

Formerly known as "Big Hair Don't Care", creator Freddie Harrel and her team have released 3 new wig shapes called the "RadShapes" available now.


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The normalising of Black and brown women in wigs of various styles has certainly been welcomed by the community, as it has opened up so many creative avenues for Black women to take on leadership roles and make room for themselves in the industry.

Radswan (formerly known as Big Hair Don't Care), is a lifestyle brand "bringing a new perspective on Blackness through hair, by disrupting the synthetic market with innovative and sustainable products." Through their rebrand, Radswan aims to, "upscale the direct-to-consumer experience holistically, by having connected conversations around culture and identity, in order to remove the roots of stigma."

The latest from French-Cameroonian founder and creator Freddie Harrel - who was featured on our list of 100 women of 2020 - has built her career in digital marketing and reputation as an outspoken advocate for women's empowerment. On top of her business ventures, the 2018 'Cosmopolitan Influencer of the Year' uses her platform to advocate for women's empowerment with 'SHE Unleashed,' a workshop series where women of all ages come together to discuss the issues that impact the female experience, including the feeling of otherness, identity politics, unconscious bias, racism and sexism.

And hair is clearly one of her many passions, as Freddie says, "Hair embodies my freest and earliest form of self expression, and as a shapeshifter, I'm never done. I get to forever reintroduce my various angles, tell all my stories to this world that often feels constrained and biased."

Armed with a committee of Black women, Freddie has cultivated Radswan and the aesthetic that comes with the synthetic but luxurious wigs. The wigs are designed to look like as though the hair is growing out of her own head, with matching lace that compliments your own skin colour.

By being the first brand to use recycled fibres, Radswan is truly here to change the game. The team has somehow figured out how to make their products look and feel like the real thing, while using 0% human hair and not negotiating on the price, quality or persona.

In 2019, the company secured £1.5m of investment led by BBG Ventures with Female Founders Fund and Pritzker Private Capital participating, along with angelic contributions from Hannah Bronfman, Nashilu Mouen Makoua, and Sonja Perkins.

On the importance of representation and telling Black stories through the products we create, Freddie says, "Hair to me is Sundays kneeling between your mothers or aunties legs, it's your cousin or newly made friend combing lovingly through your hair, whilst you detangle your life out loud. Our constant shapeshifting teaches us to see ourselves in each other, the hands braiding always intimately touching our head more often than not laying someone's lap."

"Big Hair No Care took off in ways we couldn't keep up with," she continues, "RadSwan is our comeback.It's a lifestyle brand, it's the hair game getting an upgrade, becoming fairer and cleaner. It's the platform that recognises and celebrates your identity as a shapeshifter, your individuality and your right to be black like you."


Check out your next hairstyle from Radswan here.

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