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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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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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