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Moonchild Sanelly x Dejot in "Newton Chips"

The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Adekunle Gold, Moonchild Sanelly, Kwesi Arthur, Davido, Shane Eagle 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.

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Adekunle Gold 'Young Love'

After recently announcing that he'd be dropping Afro Pop, his third studio album, soon, Adekunle Gold released a new music video for this single, "Young Love," and true to form, it's a definite banger. "I know this is young love, feels like a lifetime. Although this is young love, don't ever leave my side," the Nigerian artist sings as he describes a new romance he's stumbled into with a beautiful woman. The catchy and up-tempo beat was produced by Okan, an upcoming beatsmith in the UK who has worked with the likes of Mr Eazi.

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Moonchild Sanelly x Dejot 'Newtown Chips'

Dejot released the EP Uhujano in February. The Swiss producer enlisted South African artists such as Moonchild Sanelly, RADIO 123 and Waterlillyrose, among others. The producer recently shared the music video for a single from Uhujano. Titled "Newtown Chips," the song features Moonchild Sanelly. In the song, the singer muses about relationships and privacy in the digital era. The song took shape from a piece of advice Moonchild shared with a friend about the sharing of nudes, how, if you share them with another person, they will highly likely end up being seen by more eyes than intended.

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Kwesi Arthur 'Thoughts Of King Arthur 5 (Dior Pop Smoke )'

Ghanaian rapper Kwesi Arthur comes through with some serious bars and heat in his latest drop, "Thoughts Of King Arthur 5 (Dior Pop Smoke)." You'll be nodding your heard to this one for days, as Kwesi shows why he's "Ghana's king of the youth" and taking GH hip-hop global.

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Andy S 'Mi-Temps'

Get ready for a rapid-fire delivery from Andy S, a 22-year-old rapper from Abidjan, Ivory Coast who personifies "spit fire." The rapper debuted a new track last week, called "Mi-Temps," a heavy hitting French rap that has quickened lyrics spilling over a looped chant echoing in the background. The passion and cadence with which she spits the chorus evokes trap vibes—perfect for jumping up and down, and shaking your hair in rhythmic defiance. "Mi-Temps" was produced by Ugandan/South African producer Mark Akol and mixed by Sipho the Gift.

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Shane Eagle 'BLACK'

Shane Eagle announced a new mixtape earlier this week. Titled Dark Moon Flower, the project features the likes of Nasty C, Santi, Bas, Lute, Kota The Friend, PatricKxxLee, J-Tek, Resarn, Caleborate and TheMind. Today, the young South Africa released the mixtape's opening song "BLACK." Shane Eagle talks his ish over a mean bassline and 808s. He tells you he prefers to pray at the crib instead of church. In the video, as usual, Shane Eagle is on his own. The video is as ominous as the song—it's shot in black and white, and is made friendlier to the eye with slight visual effects.

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Sarahmée 'Bun Dem'

Sarahmée is a new rapper from Senegal, based in Montreal, who just released her album, Irréversible. Her new music video for "Bun Dem" took her back to her home. "Bun Dem is a tribute to women around the world and to all those who fight in the face of adversity. Caraz and I wanted to work together for two years now, and the timing surrounding this project, the stories and filming in Senegal, are very meaningful to me. I hope that with this video, people will see another face of Africa and women,"explains Sarahmée.

Fabolous 'Choosy' ft. Jeremih & Davido

Fabolous drops his latest single and music video for "Choosy," a new song that sees him linking up with Nigerian star Davido and Jeremih. The new track, which was produced by Hitmaka and Swiff D, is built on light guitars and afrobeats-inspired beatwork. Davido comes in around the 3-minute mark of the video to deliver a romance-filled verse that interpolates his much-played opening line from "If." The music video for "Choosy" follows Fabo, Davido and Jeremih in and around Cape Verde. It features several beautiful, sun-filled shots of Praia and its people. The clip was directed by Gerard Victor.

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Antoinette Konan 

Prepare your ears and ready the dance floor for the return of the "Queen of the Ahoka." Awesome Tapes from Africa (ATFA) is reissuing the queen Antoinette Konan's eponymous 1986 album in the coming weeks. For music aficionados, crate diggers and those new to Konan's music alike—this is excellent news. This album burst across the international scene in the late '80s as what the label calls "a veritable UFO of instrumental force and contemporary pop sensibility landing in a boiling pot of diverse, creative characters inhabiting Abidjan, Ivory Coast."

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25K & Doobie Man 'Netflix'

25K's single "Netflix" recently got treated to visuals. Just like most of 25K's music, "Netflix" makes reference to a lot of activities that occur in the streets over trap production. Which you would expect from a rapper whose epithet is "The Plug" and another called Doobie Man. The song is produced by Mega Beats who 25K has worked with extensively on many songs, including the rapper's viral hit "Culture Vulture," which recently saw Emtee and AKA jump on its remix. In the video, directed by Untamed Pictures' Ayanda Mayo Sedibe, the rappers and their goons can be seen making illegal deals, exchanging cash for a mysterious backpack.

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Eli Fola 'Living On The Edge' ft. Dzidzor

Nigerian-born, NYC-based artists Eli Fola continues his hypnotic 'Yoruba Tech Soul' experimentations with this latest single and music video for "Living on the Edge" featuring Dzidzor. Check out the beautiful Maria Nova-directed video above.

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Mo Laudi 'Dance inside of you' ft. Ines (Rocky)

Producer and DJ Mo Laudi comes through with the futuristic music video for his head-nodding single "Dance Inside of You" featuring Ines (Rocky). "Set in 2199, this music video stages an unrequited love affair between two beings," a press statement reveals. "'Dance Inside of You' is Afrofuturist in tone. It was filmed in the eastern and western extremities of Paris: in a stunning partly derelict housing estate in Bagnolet and in the affluent business district of La Défense."

"Dance Inside of You" is available now

TNS 'Umona' ft. Mpumi

TNS drops another banger with "Umona." The latest single and music video from his latest album, Madlokovu King of African House, sees the Durban-born producer going in over some deep house vibes.

Madlokovu King of African House is available now

Focalistic 'Klippa' feat. Emtee

Earlier last week, Focalistic shared a snippet of a song in which he collaborated with Emtee. It was well received, and fans wanted the whole song out, so the Pitori-based rapper shared the full song. On "Klippa," Emtee and Focalistic drop a verse each, with the latter handling the hook over a trap instrumental. Emtee has been consistently dropping great verses this year, fresh off his label woes and media attention.

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


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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