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Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Tiwa Savage, Popcaan x Davido, 2Baba & More

The songs you need to hear this week featuring a new collaboration from Popcaan and Davido, Wizkid and more.

DIASPORA—At the end of every week, we highlight the creme of the crop in music and round up the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks in a Weekend Playlist for you.


Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlist on Apple Music to get immediate updates every Friday and read about some of our weekend selections ahead.

Popcaan x Davido

Major collaboration alert: Jamaican dancehall star Popcaan links up with Davido for "My Story," a new joint single in which they sing about Snapchatting a girl (which will soon be Instagram story-ing a girl), among other things. Check out the Spotify and Apple Music streams above and below, plus purchase the track it on iTunes.

2Baba "Amplifier"

Nigerian superstar 2Baba is officially releasing his highlife single,"Amplifier." The new track, built on choppy synthesizers and and addictive beat, is tailor made for club dance floors across the globe. "Amplifier" was originally included in DJ Jimmy Jatt's Royal Highness; The Ultimate 2Baba Mega Mix. You can buy the song on iTunes now.

Songhoy Blues "Mali Nord"

Malian rock group Songhoy Blues are set to drop their sophomore album, Résistance, on June 16. In "Mali Nord," their latest single off that upcoming LP, they join forces with Elf Kid for a song about refugees and the immigrant experience. The band themselves were exiled out of their homes in Northern Mali after extremists took over.

Tiwa Savage "All Over"

Tiwa Savage's "All Over" is nothing but catchy. The reigning "queen of afrobeats" comes through with a new, Miami-shot beachside video for her buzzing single just in time for summer. Check out the Patrick Ellis-directed clip above.

Kranium "Can't Believe" feat. Wizkid & Ty Dolla $ign

Starboy Wizkid drops a verse in "Can't Believe," a track that we envision getting lots of airplay at parties across the hemispheres. The new single is by New York dancehall heavyweight Kranium and features Ty Dolla $ign to round things out.

Mélat "Negn (I Am)"

Ethiopian singer Mélat is in a meditative mood in her latest single "Negn." The track, sung entirely in Amharic, is an homage to her background and identity. You can find it on her 11-song album, MéVen.

Selebobo "Waka Waka" feat. Davido

Davido's been a busy man lately. On top of his Popcaan collaboration, the Nigerian star is featured in the Paul Gambit-directed music video for Selebobo's hot track "Waka Waka."

Runtown "For Life"

Hitmaker Runtown continues his hot streak with the new music video for his romantic single "For Life."

DJ Spinall "Ohema" feat. Mr Eazi

Flashback Friday: revisit DJ Spinall and Mr Eazi's insanely addictive "Ohema," which is as good of a weekend soundtrack as it gets. DJ Spinall's excellent album, TEN, is available now.

Follow our ‘Songs You Need to Hear’ playlist on Apple Music for weekly updates of new music.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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