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The 15 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring Mr Eazi, Fatoumata Diawara, DJ Maphorisa, Davido 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 OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.


DJ Maphorisa ‘BlaqBoyMusic’ EP & "Makhe" Video

South African producer DJ Maphorisa—the man behind many a hit for the likes of Drake, Kwesta, Shekhinah and others—recently dropped the excellent BlaqBoyMusic EP (below), which you should really check out.

The gqom banger "Makhe," which sees him join forces with Moonchild Sanelly and DJ Shimza, isn't on that recent EP, but received a new visual this week as well (above). Both are straight bangers.

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Disclosure 'Ultimatum' Feat. Fatoumata Diawara

Disclosure return with their first single in two years using an illustrious sample from Malian singer,Fatoumata Diawara. The duo said on Twitter that they discovered Diawara a few months ago. "While digging through her discography we discovered this beautiful sample and started experimenting with it." "Ultimatum" is a vibe to be caught on the dance floor this summer, and we're here for it.

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Mr Eazi 'Overload' & 'London Town' Feat. Giggs

Mr Eazi dropped "London Town" featuring Giggs and "Overload," featuring Slim Case andMr Real. The former sees the artist stepping outside his trademark mellow afrobeats sound to deliver a grimy cut featuring one of London's biggest rappers. The London love is real, so much so that a mural was made in the city to celebrate the release of the track.

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Davido & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie "Way Too Fly"

"Way Too Fly" is a wavy track worth giving a listen to a few times over. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Nigerian star, Davido, make a fresh duo on this title, which features upbeat, wine-able Caribbean vibes, and catchy bars delivered with a harmonious lilt.

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YoungstaCPT ‘To Be Continued’

YoungstaCPT is one of the most productive South African rappers there is. He just released his 30th mixtape, which is a collaboration with the Swiss producer Maloon TheBoom. Together, the duo is known as YungLoon TaliBoom. Just like on their previous two projects, Y?-Fi (The Internet Mixtape) and the self-titled album, both released in 2017, the music on To Be Continued is mostly boom bap.

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Wyclef "Sak Kap Fet"

In his music video for "Sak Kap Fet," premiered exclusively on OkayAfrica, Wyclef Jean does not shy away from highlighting his heritage and love for his country. The term "Sak Kap Fet" means "what's up?" in Creole. The visual serves as a nod to his roots and represents Haitian unity and pride, as he searches for new young talent eminent.

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Seyi Shay 'Electric Package' EP

Talented Nigerian singer and songwriter Seyi Shay recently dropped her brand new music project, the Electric Package EP Vol. 1. It's her first project in three years, since the release of her debut album, Seyi or Shay, in 2015. The EP, an intimate mix of different blends of afrobeats, contains six tracks, topped off at the end by the Gqom brand of South African house music.

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Sauti Sol & Nyashinski 'Short N Sweet'

Since announcing their forthcoming new LP, Afrikan Sauce, Sauti Sol have been serving the continent with back-to-back bangers. After collaborating with rapper Khaligraph Jones for the nostalgic hip-hop-fusion track "Rewind" in March, the band is not showing any signs of slowing down. It only makes sense that their long-awaited fifth installment would feature another Kenyan A-list act, Nyashinski.

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Wavythecreator "Shaku (Dance)"

Here's an addictive new one from self-described "Nigerian alien" Wavythecreator. Very Rare Vibes presents the official video for Wavythecreator's single, "Shaku (Dance)," check out it out above.

Big Shaq 'Man Don't Dance'

He's back y'all. Big Shaq, known to some as Michael Dapaah has returned with the much anticipated follow up to "Mans Not Hot," the track that catapulted the British-Ghanaian comedian to internet stardom last year, following his unforgettable Fire in the Booth freestyle. The comedian premiered his latest single, "Man Don't Dance," on BBC Radio. So just for the record, this means that mans doesn't dance, nor does he take off his jacket.


Future Africa

Future Africa makes music Afrocentric music with touches of hip-hop and pop. Their first song "Ntombi Endala" is a great place to start to get a taste of their sound, which has traces of maskandi and mbhaqanga.

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Aye Nizzy 'Good For Me'

Aye Nizzy got people in the UK talking with his latest drop "Ten Ten," which was on rotation at the BBC Radio 1 Xtra. The UK MC's now coming through with the new single and music video for "Good For Me," an addictive new jam which is set to feature in his upcoming The Summer of '94 EP, due June 9.

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Boddhi Satva & James Germain's 'An Nou Ale'

Last December, Boddhi Satva took a trip to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti were he connected with some of the island's artists. One of those artists he worked with was singer James Germain, known as the creator of Kreol Mandingue. The result of the artists' collaboration is "An Nou Ale" (Haitian creole for "Let's Go" or "Let's Go Together"), which sees the Central African Republic producer and Haitian singer link up with kora master N'Faly Kouyate.

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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