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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.


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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