DJ Spinall 'Dis Love' ft. Wizkid, Tiwa Savage.

The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Burna Boy, Nadia Nakai, Jidenna, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Emtee 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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Burna Boy 'African Giant' 

Following a slew of standout singles throughout the year, an international tour, repping for Nigeria at Coachella, and a host of memorable collaborations Burna Boy's studio album African Giant finally dropped. The 19-track album boasts features from Angelique Kidjo, Damian Marley, Future, M.anifest, Jorja Smith, Jeremih and more. It includes the previous released singles "Anybody," "On the Low," "Killin' Dem," "Gbona," "Dangote," and "Pull Up" which the artist dropped earlier this week. African Giant sees the artist taking his signature 'afrofusion' to the next level, offering a bevy of infectious sounds rooted in afrobeat, highlife, dancehall, RnB, hip-hop and more.

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Emtee 'Prayer'

"Prayer" is Emtee in his element, reminiscent of his recent EP DIY 2(2018). Just like most of his songs, "Prayer" consists of a good balance between singing and rapping. The South African hip-hop artist sounds comfortable with who he is, rapping lines like, "They want punchlines, like the shit I'm making is whack," and "It's too late, now I'm feeling myself/ No matter how it go, I ain't killin' myself." "Prayer" was produced by Kreazo, who also produced most of DIY 2.

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DJ Spinall 'Dis Love' ft. Wizkid, Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage and Wizkid have done it again. The Nigerian superstars and frequent collaborators have reunited for another banger—this time joining forces with DJ Spinall on his latest track "Dis Love." The song opens with Wizkid singing about an intense love, and Tiwa Savage joins in on the second verse, following suit. The real standout is the song is its catchy hook. The video is equally sultry, with Spinall, Tiwa and Wizkid in a dimly-lit lounge performing the song while surrounded by several dancers.

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Jidenna 'Tribe' & 'Sufi Woman'

The talented Nigerian-American singer and rapper is back and he's brought his A-game. Jidenna gives us a brilliant sneak preview with his two new singles "Tribe" and "Sufi Woman" from his upcoming project, 85 to Africa. "Tribe" is definitely a hip hop number where Jidenna speaks about camaraderie and the friends in his life who have literally become his family. "Sufi Woman" on the other hand, sounds more like a highlife number. Accompanied by a vibrant beat, Jidenna sings about how a woman who practices Sufism or Mystical Islam, has caught his attention with her charm and the magical spells she's cast on him.

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Nadia Nakai 'Imma Boss'

Nadia Nakai's "Imma Boss" just got the visual treatment. The single, which was released in May, saw the emcee drop quotable after another over a trap beat. In the song's recently released video, the Zimbabwe-born rapper shows off her banging body, something Nadia has proven fond of doing. And it's nothing you wouldn't expect from a rapper with an album titled Nadia Naked.

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BankyOnDBeatz 'Bamilo' feat. Muyiwa

BankyOnDBeatz returns with the uplifting track "Bamilo," featuring up-and-coming Nigerian singer-songwriter Muyiwa. "Bamilo" is an upbeat composition built on light guitars, airy keyboard chords, and addictive afro-fusion beat work. Muyiwa takes center stage as he sings about finding his true love.

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Frank Casino 'Sudden' ft Cassper Nyovest & Major League Djz

Last year, Cassper Nyovest dropped one of the most talked about verses of the year in SA hip-hop. The song on which he appeared, Frank Casino's "Sudden," just got the visual treatment. The video kicks off with a scene that looks like it's off of a mafia movie. Frank reminds his goons how far they've come, and that they succeeded independently. The rest of the video, which is directed by YeahLenzo, shows Frank and Cassper rapping in front of luxury cars.

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Zakwe 'Blood' ft. AB Crazy, MPK

For his latest single's video, Zakwe is in Cape Town with his collaborators AB Crazy and MPK. In the video, the Durban-born emcee raps his first verse as if he's doing a TV interview. The interviewer is played by budding Cape Town singer Liso The Musician. A majority of the video's scenes are shot in a church.

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DJ Kaymoworld 'The Come Up' ft. 25K , Reason & Espiquet 

Newcomers 25K and Espiquet appear alongside Reason on DJ Kaymoworld's new single, which is fittingly titled "The Come Up." 25K delivers a catchy hook, while Reason and Espiquet rap laidback verses over a minimal trap instrumental. Espiquet is one of most promising lyricists in South African hip-hop, and on "The Come Up," he makes his case with an effortless verse that is decorated with his baritone. His verse sets the tone for the rest of the song; he establishes the flow, which Reason picks up in his verse.

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Freddie Harrel Is Building Conscious Beauty For and With the African Diaspora

Formerly known as "Big Hair Don't Care", creator Freddie Harrel and her team have released 3 new wig shapes called the "RadShapes" available now.


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The normalising of Black and brown women in wigs of various styles has certainly been welcomed by the community, as it has opened up so many creative avenues for Black women to take on leadership roles and make room for themselves in the industry.

Radswan (formerly known as Big Hair Don't Care), is a lifestyle brand "bringing a new perspective on Blackness through hair, by disrupting the synthetic market with innovative and sustainable products." Through their rebrand, Radswan aims to, "upscale the direct-to-consumer experience holistically, by having connected conversations around culture and identity, in order to remove the roots of stigma."

The latest from French-Cameroonian founder and creator Freddie Harrel - who was featured on our list of 100 women of 2020 - has built her career in digital marketing and reputation as an outspoken advocate for women's empowerment. On top of her business ventures, the 2018 'Cosmopolitan Influencer of the Year' uses her platform to advocate for women's empowerment with 'SHE Unleashed,' a workshop series where women of all ages come together to discuss the issues that impact the female experience, including the feeling of otherness, identity politics, unconscious bias, racism and sexism.

And hair is clearly one of her many passions, as Freddie says, "Hair embodies my freest and earliest form of self expression, and as a shapeshifter, I'm never done. I get to forever reintroduce my various angles, tell all my stories to this world that often feels constrained and biased."

Armed with a committee of Black women, Freddie has cultivated Radswan and the aesthetic that comes with the synthetic but luxurious wigs. The wigs are designed to look like as though the hair is growing out of her own head, with matching lace that compliments your own skin colour.

By being the first brand to use recycled fibres, Radswan is truly here to change the game. The team has somehow figured out how to make their products look and feel like the real thing, while using 0% human hair and not negotiating on the price, quality or persona.

In 2019, the company secured £1.5m of investment led by BBG Ventures with Female Founders Fund and Pritzker Private Capital participating, along with angelic contributions from Hannah Bronfman, Nashilu Mouen Makoua, and Sonja Perkins.

On the importance of representation and telling Black stories through the products we create, Freddie says, "Hair to me is Sundays kneeling between your mothers or aunties legs, it's your cousin or newly made friend combing lovingly through your hair, whilst you detangle your life out loud. Our constant shapeshifting teaches us to see ourselves in each other, the hands braiding always intimately touching our head more often than not laying someone's lap."

"Big Hair No Care took off in ways we couldn't keep up with," she continues, "RadSwan is our comeback.It's a lifestyle brand, it's the hair game getting an upgrade, becoming fairer and cleaner. It's the platform that recognises and celebrates your identity as a shapeshifter, your individuality and your right to be black like you."


Check out your next hairstyle from Radswan here.

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