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Burna Boy performs at Governors Ball Music Festival 2021.

The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Burna Boy, Davido, Darkovibes, Julinho Ksd, M.anifest, Nasty C and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases 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.


Burna Boy 'Want It All' feat. Polo G

Nigerian musician Burna Boy is truly a force to be reckoned with. The Grammy-award winning artist has teamed up with American rapper Polo G to bring fans a love letter to himself in the form of latest single "Want It All." Thetrack comes as a fresh take on the Afrofusion music genre and has some noticeable hip-hop elements buried between the lines. The West African crooner's third single of the year manifests as an introspective piece, highlighting the journey the star has been on and how he made his dreams a reality. And the music video visuals certainly boast a happy-go-lucky, grateful Burna.

Darkovibes 'Je M'appelle' feat. DaVido

Ghana's Darkovibes comes through with a big time collaboration with Nigerian superstar Davido in "Je M'appelle." The new song, which was produced by Ghana's MOG Beatz, is built on an infectious, high-pitched synth beat, which both Darkovibes and Davido trade verses over before going into the French chorus. "Je M'appelle" is also accompanied by a new music video, directed by Jay Vertex, which solidifies the party energy of the tune and sees both Darkovibes and Davido donning traditional Ghanaian attire.

JULINHO KSD x PIKA 'Clima Tropicau'

Julinho Ksd is a buzzing Portuguese-based artist born to Cape Verdean parents. His new album, Sabi na Sabura, mmixes Creole, Portuguese and English to craft a wholly unique sound. "From the styles and culture to Creole, I take Cape Verde with me to show the world," he mentions. Get into album highlight "Clima Tropicau," featuring Pika above.

M.anifest 'Scorpio Flow'

Ghanaian rapper M.anifest does what he does best on "Scorpio Flow," delivering a straight bars, no hook flow on a minimalistic afro instrumental, coming from his upcoming album M.T.T.U (Madina to the Universe).

Teni 'Moslado'

Teni comes through with the new music video for "Moslado," one of the clear highlight tracks from her album Wondaland. The Nigerian artist unveals her new alter-ego, Makanaki in this new 90s-style music video directed by Alien, inspired by Missy Elliott's classic visuals. "To me, Wondaland is a complete body of work that best introduces Teni the Entertainer and who I am to different people and also to me," Teni explained to Native.

Dua Saleh 'fitt' feat. Amaarae

Sex Education breakout star and artist Dua Saleh is back in the game with their latest music video for single fitt. The Sudanese-American actor and musician teamed up with equally talented Ghanaian-American whiz Amaarae to bring listeners a unique listening and visual experience to match with "fitt."

Dax '40 Days 40 Nights' feat. Nasty C

South African superstar Nasty C jumps on this new track from American-Nigerian rapper DAX's hard-hitting new single "40 Days 40 Nights." Get into it above.

Paparazzle 'Plead My Case'

Nigerian afropop act Paparazzle comes through with a slow-burning chill new track in the shape of "Plead My Case."
"Plead My Case is a fusion of Afropop and R&B in a way that you've probably not heard before. It's fresh. It gets you vibing from start to finish," he mentions.

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


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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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