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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring Fresh L x Davido, Nasty C, Adekunle Gold x Pheelz, Ibibio Sound Machine 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.


Fresh L x Davido 'Firewood'

One of Davido's many standout collaborations in 2018, was when he linked up with Nigerian rapper and singer Fresh L on "Firewood." Today the duo have shared the music video for the bubbly afropop track. The Twitch-directed music video shows the two simply enjoying each other's company as they hangout in a sleek outdoor setting. "Firewood," produced by Fresh VDM is a catchy track, and a solid offering from the two collaborators. We're excited to see what else they have in store for 2019.

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Nasty C "Gravy"

After a successful string of singles from his sophomore album, Strings and Bling (2018), Nasty Chighlights yet another song from the impressive release. The mellow and melodic tune "Gravy" gets a video that's as laidback as the music and Nasty's crooning. The MC performs to camera in a beach that is without any human form except himself.

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Adekunle Gold "Ire (Pheelz Remix)"

Adekunle Gold's sophomore album, About 30, which dropped last year featured several standout tracks, one of which was the soulful and tranquil "Ire." That single is now getting turned on its head and given a wealthy dose of beats courtesy of this new remix from fellow Nigerian producer Pheelz. Pheelz bypasses the acoustic feel of the original for an all-out dance jam packed full of pitched-up vocals and bouncing beat work.

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Ibibio Sound Machine "Tell Me (Doko Mien)" 

For years now, Ibibio Sound Machine have been skillfully blending electronic sounds with West African influences, often taking cues from '70s West African disco. The UK-based group, which is fronted by Nigerian singer Eno Williams, is now sharing their latest single "Tell Me (Doko Mien,)" the first taste we hear from their newly-announced upcoming album, the follow-up to 2017's Uyai. Doko Mien, which means "tell me" in Ibibio, will also be the title of that new album which is due March 22 from Merge Records.

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Shane Eagle 'Never Grow Up' EP

While you were spending less time online and more with your family over the holidays, South African rapper Shane Eagle released a gem of an EP. Titled Never Grow Up, the project sees Shane in introspective mode as usual. The MC spits raps about success, family, relationship and spirituality over soulful jazz sample-based boom bap production. The average length of the seven tracks is two minutes, with the longest being the standout "Ride Dolo-What You Wanna Be" at four minutes 50 seconds.

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Hama "Terroir"

Nigerien keyboardist and composer Hama's songs play like an entrancing blend of Tuareg guitars and melodies with early 90s techno, synth wave, sci-fi soundtracks and much more. According to Sahel Sounds, he "quickly became an underground star on the underground mp3 networks [of Niger], unattributed compositions traded by Bluetooth on Saharan cellphones." "Terroir," a new single and music video that we're premiering here today, is an interpretation of a traditional Tuareg folk song.

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Swindle x Kojey Radical "Coming Home"

Swindle and Kojey Radical link up for "Coming Home," a triumphant horn-flanked from Swindle's upcoming No More Normal project which is due January 25.

BankyOnDBeatz x Jacob Browne "Sailing Away"

BankyOnDBeatz connects with the UK's Jacob Browne for "Sailing Away," a new single that sees the Nigerian producer and artists exploring a more soulful acoustic sound. "Sailing Away" is available everywhere now.

Demi Grace "Come Closer"

Nigerian singer and model Demi Grace rolls through with the new music video for her single "Come Closer," a lively and colorful affair that'll have you hitting replay. The single is available now.

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Listen to WurlD's New 'Love Is Contagious' EP

A sound that connects to the quintessential Afropolitan mind.

Nigerian-American singer WurlD drops his new 9-song EP, Love Is Contagious.

The new release, which is led by popular singles like "Show You Off" featuring Walshy Fire & Shizzi and "Contagious," sees the blue-haired WurlD blending elements of Nigerian juju music with pop and R&B;, making for a captivating and energetic fusion.

"Love is Contagious is a conversation about love, from the infatuation stage to drowning in the emotion to the commitment stage," mentions WurlD. "This EP is something everyone can relate to at some point in their lives. It has always been my goal to add a different range to the conversation and Love is Contagious does that, taking my fans and family on the journey a man goes through finding himself in love."

WurlD's creates "a sound that connects to the quintessential Afropolitan mind," wrote our contributor Joey Akan in an exclusive interview piece with the Lagos-born singer.

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Social Media Is Doodling On Pictures of Burundi's President In Support of Arrested Schoolgirls

Folks online are using the hashtag #FreeOurGirls to remind Burundi's president that scribbling is not a crime.

Last week, three Burundian schoolgirls were taken into custody after doodling on a picture of President Pierre Nkurunziza in their textbooks. The girls, all under the age of 18, face up to five years in prison for the act.

Now folks on social media are rallying behind the girls, using the hashtag #FreeOurGirls. People are not only voicing their unwavering support for the young girls against the heavy hand of the president, they're also using it as an opportunity to share pictures of the president with their own doodles.

In true elementary form, some images show the president with playfully drawn-on mustaches, hats and hair. One of the more creative doodles shows the president with a curled mustached and a short blue wig on.

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Nasty C. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nasty C Says The EP He’s Working on With NO I.D. Will Sound “Close to Home”

Nasty C says the songs on the EP he's working on with No I.D. "will sound so close to home, it will feel like they should be our gospel songs."

By now you should know Nasty C is working on some music with No I.D.. Ever since images of the South African rapper and producer in studio with No I.D. and Big Sean hit the internet about a month ago, we've all been kept guessing.

However, Nasty recently shared some new details about the project. While talking to Slikour in an interview that was published on Slikour On Life, the Durban rapper shared what the response to his sophomore album Strings and Bling (2018) meant to him.

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