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Best Music of the Week: Nadia Rose, Sarkodie x Korede Bello, Cassper Nyovest & More

These are the songs you need to hear this week.

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 ourSongs 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.


Nadia Rose "Big Woman"

Your new favorite rapper, Nadia Rose, is on-point as ever in this new track, delivering a fierce rhymes about why she's the new "Big Woman" taking over the scene over a booming beat from DJ Bamz.

Sarkodie x Korede Bello

Ghana's top MC, Sarkodie, connects with Nigerian star Korede Bellow in "Far Away," one of the many highlights off Sark's latest album, Highest. Watch the new visual for the T'Spize-produced track above.

Cassper Nyovest "Baby Girl"

South Africa's biggest rap name, Cassper Nyovest, drops the new music video for "Baby Girl" off his album Thuto. The video for the romantic track stars Tanzania's Vanessa Mdee, but our SA contributor isn't much of a fan due to Cassper's issues with biting.

Stanley Enow x Davido

Cameroon's Stanley Enow connects with Nigerian superstar Davido for his latest video for "Caramel." The new clip stars Lagos-based Zimbabwean TV personality and actress, Vimbai.

Stonebwoy "Hero"

"If I die today, I'm a hero," croons top Ghanaian dancehall act Stonebwoy in his single, "Hero." The highly-impressive street video for the track showcase Stonebwoy among huge crowds of supporters in Ashaiman and Tema.

Young Fathers "Lord"

Mercury Prize-winning Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers return with the angelic and beautiful new track "Lord," the first single off their upcoming album. We can't wait to hear what else they've got in store.

FAKA

South African music and performance art duo FAKA,—comprised of Fela Gucci and Desire Marea—drop their gqom-inspired new EP, Amaqhawe. This one really bangs.

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.


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