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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Asa, Samthing Soweto, Sudan Archives, Mut4y x Maleek Berry, Adekunle Gold 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.



Samthing Soweto "Akulaleki" "Lotto" & "AmaDM."

It's finally happening. Samthing Soweto is releasing his highly anticipated and long overdue debut album. The album, which is titled Isiphithiphithi, is now up for pre-order/pre-save, which comes with three new songs from the album. One of them, "Akulaleki," features Shasha, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small. The other two songs are "Lotto" and "AmaDM." In the former's hook, the artist references Mafikizolo's classic hit "Loot" from their 2001 album Gate Crashers. The song also features Mlindo The Vocalist.

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Aṣa 'Good Thing'

Asa is officially back. After a five-year hiatus, the celebrated Nigerian singer returned earlier this year with the song "The Beginning." Now, the artist has shared the music video for "Good Thing," her second single from her upcoming album Lucid. The track addresses a lover who missed out on a "good thing" by failing to appreciate their partner. "Cause I'm too fly for this, and I have no time for this," sings Asa in her familiar husky tone.

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Mannywellz 'META' EP

Rising Nigerian-born act Mannywellz returns with his brand new EP, META. The new EP furthers Mannywellz' addictive blend of RnB, hip-hop, and West African rhythms, through self-produced songs that deal with love, leaving relationships, and faith. The project is named after the Yoruba word for "three." Mannywellz mentions that, for META, he challenged himself to write, record, and produce three songs in three days—the result is well worth your while.


Tshego 'Pink Panther' LP

Tshego's Pink Panther was one of the most anticipated South African albums of the year. After making the move from Family Tree to Universal Music Group, the artist released the single "No Ties," which features King Monada. Pink Panther arrived with 15 songs. Most of the production on the song is handled by him, alongside a selection of other producers. A handful of guests make appearances—Riky Rick, Kwesta, Focalistic, Tellaman, Black Cass and Frank Casino.

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Sudan Archives 'Confessions'

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, producer and violinist Sudan Archives returns with the hypnotizing new single "Confessions," the first track to see the light of day from her upcoming debut album on Stones Throw Records. The Wilma Archer-produced "Confessions" details a crisis of conscience and features the Northeast African-inspired violin riffs we've come to get hooked on from the artist.

Gloria 'Second Chances'

Newcomer London artist Gloria comes through with her new single, "Second Chances," an immersive blend of dark synths and electronic beat work with striking RnB vocals. The AART-produced song is the lead single from her upcoming EP, TESTIFY, which will be released on GAIKA's label The Spectacular Empire. "This song is about relationships, we are so quick to give Second, Third, Fourth chances we find ourselves stuck in a self-created visceral vortex," Gloria mentions. "This track plays on nostalgia and the power to push yourself forward." Listen above.

DJ Lag 'Uhuru' EP

South African DJ, producer and one of the pioneers of gqom, DJ Lag shares a new EP. The six-song project, which is titled Uhuru, is characterized by eardrum-shattering drums and eardrum slicing synths, which you've grown to expect from the producer, the songs just thump a bit harder. The EP pays homage to Uhuru, a club in Clermont, Durban, where a lot of your favorite gqom producers and DJs—Rude Boyz, Naked Boyz etc.—cut their teeth and where the genre got exposed to Durbanites and eventually the whole country and the world.

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Audiomarc ft Nasty C & Tellaman 'Catch It'

Nasty C's tour DJ, Audiomarc, released his debut single "Catch It" last year. The song features Nasty C himself and his frequent collaborator Tellaman. "Catch It" is a light-hearted banger; Nasty C and Tellaman share some obnoxious brags and sexual innuendos over a catchy trap instrumental. The song's music video looks like it was shot in Japan.

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DJ Breezy Ft. Adekunle Gold – Live My Life (Official Audio)

DJ Breezy Ft. Adekunle Gold – Live My Life (Official Audio) DOWNLOAD MP3:- http://www.naijapopstar.net/dj-breezy-ft-adekunle-gold-live-my-life/

Mut4y & Maleek Berry 'Turn Me On'

Mut4y connects with Maleek Berry for a new afro pop jam made for the dance floor. "Turn Me On," which is produced by Mut4y, comes paired with a new London-shot music video directed by Capone & Guise. Get into it above.

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The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tiwa Savage, Black Coffee x Usher, Reekado Banks, Bas, Burna Boy 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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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Jidenna, 25K, Dyo, Mr Eazi, Kwesi Arthur, Goldlink 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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South African Actor Charles 'Big Boy' Maja Has Passed Away

Tributes are pouring in for the beloved actor who starred in the popular South African television drama 'Skeem Saam'.

South African actor and former radio broadcaster, Charles Maja, has passed away according to reports by TimesLIVE. Affectionately known as "Big Boy", the name of the character he played on the popular local drama series Skeem Saam, the actor reportedly suffered a fatal stroke earlier this morning while in the northern province of Limpopo. He was just 54.

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Spotlight: Nicole Rafiki's Images Merge the Contemporary with the Traditional to Challenge Stereotypes

Get familiar with the work of Norway-based Congolese visual artist Nicole Rafiki.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists and more who are producing vibrant, original work. In our latest piece, we spotlight Nicole Rafiki, a Congolese visual artist who uses symbolism to challenge stereotypes in a critical way. Read more about the inspirations behind her work below, and check out some of her stunning images underneath. Be sure to keep up with the artist on Instagram and Facebook and her Rafiki Arts Initiative here.


How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an interdisciplinary artist, I use symbolism to re-imagine and challenge the stereotypical depiction of spaces, contexts and the people who are affected by global migration. I view my work as a platform for dialogues about identity, fluidity, place, and belonging. As an artist with a diverse cultural, historic and artistic background, I use art to inform, engage and heal. Because it is too easy to fall into the trap of promoting idealism or clichés, I make it a point to be critical and analytical in my work.

What is the message behind your recent photo-series "The Crown"?

This work came about after I had been stuck in Lagos traffic for 2 hours, listening to a radio show about the role of women in the household. One middle-aged woman called in to say that a "proper woman has to be domesticated". Listening to that radio show just made it seem like, for many people, it doesn't matter how educated, professionally accomplished or otherwise successful a woman is as long as she does not have the required domestic skills required by the African society. The urban attire complemented by traditional African elements illustrates the double role that many young African women have in our communities. And yet, that point is made against a yellow backdrop, symbolizing our power, historical achievements, hope and optimism for the future.

As an African artist, what do you want to communicate with your art about the continent?

The core message in my art is the promotion of our personal and collective healing process. That is only possible if we all understand the importance of playing our part. I believe that this is a very important time to be active in the contemporary art field. We have reached a historical point where Africans from the continent and the diaspora are challenging the status quo in the art industry by creating their own platforms to discuss, share and challenge the dominating philosophical, artistic, political and cultural perspectives on art. We have the power, individually and collectively to create a different legacy for the next generation and have personally just begun exploring all the possibilities out there.

Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Mkono" (2018), in loving memory of my grandmother.Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Untitled" (2019), in loving memory of Benon Lutaaya. Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Not without my bags" (2019)Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Kadogo (2019)"Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Mwenye imani haitaji macho" (A man of faith needs no eyes), (2019). Model: AfrogallonismImage courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Crown" (2020)Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Crown" (2020). Model: Deborah Kandoua AffouéImage courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.


Nicole Rafiki merges contemporary and traditional visual art. "Kwabende" (2019)Image courtesy of Nicole Rafiki.

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