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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.

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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