Les Amazones d'Afrique. Photo: Karen Paulina Biswell

The 11 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring Beyoncé x Fela, Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Riky Rick, 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 OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.


Beyoncé x Fela Kuti

Unless you've been living under a wi-fi-less rock for the past few days, you've heard all the hype around #BeyChella—Beyoncé's highly-anticipated return to the stage at this year's Coachella music festival in California.

As expected, Beyoncé's set was electrifying and filled with odes to various aspects of black music, history and culture. At one point, the singer payed homage to Fela Kuti as her band ran through a pulsating rendition of the afrobeat legend's 1976 classic "Zombie." Check out the clip above.

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Shekhinah "Suited (Remix)" feat. Mr Eazi & Synx

Shekhinah's 2017 certified Platinum hit single "Suited", just like most of the singer's hits, was an amalgamation of R&B;, pop and electronic music. The track's so good it was easily one of our favorites songs of last year.

On the remix of the song, which features Nigeria's Mr Eazi, Nigerian producer SynX gives "Suited" a new life in which it leans towards Afro pop. Mr Eazi adds a new verse, which transforms the song into a great duet.

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Efya x Mr Eazi "Mame (Give Me)"

Mr Eazi was everywhere this week. We've been waiting for a followup to him and Efya's "Skintight" for two years—and it finally came. The two are back with a new single "Mame," meaning "Give Me."

The dance track, which was released on Efya's birthday, has the two artists discussing a complicated relationship. They sing to each other about having physical chemistry, but question whether or not its "true love."

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ODIE 'Analogue'

ODIE is making magical hip-hop and R&B based on his Nigerian roots. The 21-year-old's debut effort, Analogue, offers a diverse, warm, and impressive new listening experience.

The highly-immersive 10-track project features ambient alternative R&B; tracks like "Little Lies" and "North Face" whilst intersecting with more up-tempo bangers such as "Faith" and "Story." With its poignant lyricism and sensual melodies, Analogue is a fully-formed project that's perfect for your evening playlist.

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Wizkid "Lagos Vibe," "Aphrodisiac," & "Highgrade" feat. Ty Dolla $ign

These three new tracks from Wizkid are sure to set your weekend right. The afrobeats superstar released "Highgrade," a new collaboration with "Manya" producer MUT4Y featuring Ty Dolla $ign. The two crooners continue to show their musical chemistry on the track.

Wizkid stays in the pocket with "Lagos Vibes," toasting a girl, telling her he wanted to "feel her vibes" in the SpotLess produced track. "Aphrodisiac" is the Starboy's foray into R&B;—producer NorthboiBeatz slows down Ja Rule and Ashanti's "Always On Time" for the slow jam.

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Eku Fantasy "Living On The Outside"

Eku Fantasy is the new cross-continental project from UK-based Nigerian artist Olugbenga Adelekan (of Metronomy) and the South African-based Gareth Jones (better known as Jumping Back Slash).

The striking music video for "Living On The Outside," soundtracks a song that tackles themes of assimilation and alienation, as experienced by both artists who are 'transplants' in their current home countries.

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Les Amazones d'Afrique "Mansa Soyari" feat. Rokia Koné

Les Amazones d'Afrique is an all-female West African supergroup who released one of last year's most moving and socially-charged records, République Amazon.The group's roster includes the likes of Beninese pop icon Angelique Kidjo, national Malian treasure, Kandia Kouyaté, vocal legend Mamani Keita, and Mariam Doumbia (of Amadou & Mariam).

The group are now sharing a new music video for album single "Mansa Soyari," a song about female empowerment on which Malian singer Rokia Koné takes center stage.

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The Big Hash's 'Life + Times of a Teenage Influence' EP

If you are a fan of flows, just press play already. On his latest EP, the aptly titled Life + Times of a Teenage Influence, Pretoria-based rapper The Big Hash shows his off as he segues from melodic flows to conventional raps over eardrum shattering 808-based trap production.

He is ambitious, relentless and emotional (without being whiney), and he expresses it fully in just five songs. Life + Times of a Teenage Influence is one gem you can't afford to overlook if you care about the future of South African hip-hop.

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Riky Rick 'Feel Good Live Sessions'

South African rapper and producer Riky Rick kicks off the second season of the YouTube show Feel Good Live Sessions with a performance that will put a smile on your face.

Because he's a don, he does vocals and also plays some pads on an MPC, ensuring the set doesn't lose the grit from the original songs. Riky and his three-piece band have some sporadic moments of improvisation and the artist also involves the audience in his performance in a way only he can.

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Trak Joy "Soften Me"

New York-based electronic R&B band Trak Joy is the indie artist you need to listen to this month. Check out Tthe duo's new single "Soften Me" above.

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Proverb "Heaven"

ProVerb's unmatched wordplay and storytelling shines in his latest single. Titled "Heaven," the song sees the talented MC imagine what heaven looks like, as he pays respect to Winnie Mandela, Hugh Masekela and more.

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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Samthing Soweto, Odunsi, Kwesta, Jidenna x Mr Eazi, Lady Donli, Wizkid x Kojo Funds 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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Celebrated Coupé-Décalé Pioneer DJ Arafat Has Died from a Motorcycle Accident

The continent and the world has lost a true force who put the sounds of Côte d'Ivoire on the map.

DJ Arafat—a beacon of Côte d'Ivoire's coupé-décalé sound—tragically succumbed to his injuries from a motorcycle accident Monday morning, BBC Afrique reports.

Ivorian Public Radio-Television (RTI) says Maurice Bandaman, Ivorian Minister of Culture, confirmed his death, saying DJ Arafat, born Ange Didier Houon, collided into a car driven by a journalist from Radio Côte d'Ivoire Sunday night. He was not wearing a helmet.

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Cameroonian UFC Fighter Francis Ngannou Is Set To Join the 9th 'Fast & Furious' Installment

"The Predator" will be the third UFC fighter to make an appearance in the blockbuster franchise.

This Cameroonian UFC fighter will be making his first movie appearance in the next installment of Fast & Furious, Deadline reports.

Francis Ngannou will be playing a character that has yet to be announced in the ninth Fast & Furious movie—the third UFC fighter to join the blockbuster franchise. The film is set to be released May 22, 2020.

Known in the ring as "The Predator," he currently ranks second in the heavyweight division, Deadline adds.

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Listen to Swae Lee & Drake's​ New Single 'Won't Be Late,' Produced by Tekno

As well as production, Tekno also gets a writing credit on the new song.

Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee drops two new singles today, "Won't Be Late" featuring Drake and "Sextasy."

"Won't Be Late" is notably produced by Nigeria's own Tekno. The new single is built on a mid tempo, afro-fusion-inspired beat, filled with claps, and light keyboard chords.

As well as production, Tekno also gets a writing credit on the new song. You can hear his input when Drake sings lines like, 'Ikebe, pressing on me heavy' and 'Bakasi, moving on me wassy.'

If you remember, Drake shouted out Tekno last year as one of his many inspirations behind Scorpion and posted a picture of them working on something together.

"Won't Be Late" is paired with Swae Lee's "Sextasy" which was produced by Mike WiLL Made-It and Chopsquad DJ.

Tekno's had a lively past few months. He was recently featured in Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift album and dropped his "Agege" collaboration with Zlatan. He was also accused of being a "threat to security" by Nigeria's Council for Arts & Culture for that single's pole dancing video.

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