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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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Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Rema, Teni & More Win Big at 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards

Check out the complete list of 2020 winners.

The Soundcity MVP Awards, the annual award show that recognizes the best and biggest in African music, took place over the weekend at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. Some of the biggest names in African entertainment took home awards.

The show was hosted by South African star Bonang Matheba and featured performances from Diamond Platnumz, Tekno, Tiwa Savage, Stonebwoy and more.

The big winner of the night was none other than Burna Boy, who took home the award for African Artiste of the Year for the second time, the first time being in 2018 in which his mother, Bose Ogulu gave us that memorable acceptance speech warning us "to expect more madness." He also won Song of the Year for "Killin Dem," as well as Best Male MVP.

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Interview: Producer Kel-P On His Rise, Making 'African Giant' & More

We speak with the buzzing Nigerian producer about his influences, his extensive work with Burna Boy on African Giant, Wizkid, upcoming project with Future, and more.

For beatmaker Kel-P, the road to royalty seems inevitable. In just three years, the producer has managed to work with both Wizkid and Burna Boy, the latter of whom he helped in crafting his recently Grammy-nominated album African Giant.

Shortly following his work with Burna, Kel-P went on to collaborate with Wizkid on both "Ease Your Mind" and "Mine" from the recent SoundMan Vol. 1 EP, for which he seamlessly tapped into wider pallets such as jazz and reggae.

Now, Kel-P is searching further afield. With a constantly evolving sonic-offering and several collaborations with US artists on the way, the beatmaker has his eye firmly on foreign markets. We caught up with him to discuss his rise to afrobeats prominence, working on African Giant and SoundMan Vol. 1, Grammy nods and the recent interest in African genres beyond the continent.

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Watch the Hazy Music Video for Burna Boy's 'Secret' Featuring Jeremih and Serani

Burna Boy drops a new music video for a fan favorite from his Grammy-nominated album 'African Giant.'

Grammy-nominated Burna Boy shares the music for the latest single "Secret," a fan favorite from his seminal album African Giant.

The track, which features American singer Jeremih and Jamaican dancehall artist Serani, is arguably one of the album's most fun and memorable tracks. The song gets a hazy music video starring the three artists in various dimly-lit, monochromatic settings. The video was directed by David Camarena.

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Listen to J Hus' New Album 'Big Conspiracy'

The artist's highly-anticipated sophomore album features Burna Boy, Koffee and more.

J Hus is back. The heavyweight British-Gambian artist returns with his highly-anticipated sophomore album Big Conspiracy.

The 13-track album features the likes of Burna Boy, who joins the artist on the upbeat track "Play Play," as well as buzzing Jamaican artist Koffee who appears on the track "Repeat," one of the album's clear standouts.

It also features a new artist by the name of iceè tgm on three tracks. Some fans have speculated that the mysterious artist is J Hus' sister. The album includes the previously released single 'Must Be,' which he dropped in November of last year.

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