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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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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Rema, J Hus, YoungstaCPT, Thutmose, N'veigh and more.

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 our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week​

Featuring Michael Kiwanuka, Burna Boy, Amanda Black, Runtown, Khuli Chana x Cassper Nyovest and more.

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 our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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