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The 11 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring Cassper Nyovest, Wizkid, Angelique Kidjo, Sauti Sol 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.


Wizkid & Starboy Crew "Soco"

The music video for Wizkid and his Starboy crew's dance-Inducing single "Soco" has arrived. The vibrant song gets an equally lively video, directed by Clarence Peters, which see Wizkid and three members of his Starboy collective: new signee Terri (who got signed recently after tagging Wizkid in an Instagram video), Spotless, and Ceeza Milli In a colorful outdoor setting, jamming into the night with a group of talented dancers.

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Cassper Nyovest "Ksazobalit"

South African star rapper Cassper Nyovest drops "Ksazobalit," a song that will definitely be a staple in clubs and radio. It takes inspiration from Migos, with the hook delivered as a one-line chant. This one is poised to get big; it ticks all the boxes of a Nyovest hit—a catch hook, lofty lines and a beat that knocks hard. And fans are already eating it up.

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Angelique Kidjo "Born Under Punches"

With her newest album, Remain in the Light, Angélique Kidjo looks to re-imaging the landmark Talking Heads album, which was widely considered to be one of the top albums of the 1980s and was deeply influenced by Fela Kuti's afrobeat. While Kidjo's album will be released on June 8, you can watch the video for its first single, "Born Under Punches" now.

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Sauti Sol "Rewind" feat. Khaligraph Jones

Sauti Sol's "Rewind" is the big Kenyan collaboration we needed. Sauti Sol link up with rapper Khaligraph Jones for new single "Rewind," a song that reminisces on how far they have come. The music video, which was directed by Sesan, features a lot of old photographs and videos from the band, and let's just say the glo up has been real.

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Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi, WSTRN "Love Struck"

WSTRN, Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi's new music video for "Love Struck" is otherworldly. The single encapsulates the feelings of being unapologetically in love. the West London outfit WSTRN took body rocking beats and, along with Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi, threw dope bars in between.

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Gaika x OkayAfrica Mix

Gaika is a talented left-field musician coming out of the UK who first landed on our radar for his chilling single, "Blasphemer," before making it as one of our 10 British Artists to Watch last year. The London producer creates a hypnotizing concoction of dancehall and UK grime with additional touches of R&B and trip-hop in his songs. Check out his exclusive mix for us ahead of Black NYC.

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Mayorkun & Davido "Bobo"

Mayorkun links up with Davido for this highly-addictive new Nigerian jam, "Bobo," produced by Lush & Killertunes. Check out its accompanying music video directed by Clarence Peters.

Johnny Cradle "Salut"

South African trio Johnny Cradle, one of the most exciting groups in the SA live music scene, share the music video for "Salut." The song is straight to the point, it pays homage to working class South Africans who do the daily jobs that are necessary to keep everyday life running.

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Henok Mehari "Konjo Konjo" & "Queen of Sheba"

Ethiopia's Henok Mehari is the founder, pianist and lead singer of the Mehari Brothers Band. He's recently shared two infectious pop tracks, "Konjo Konjo" (above) and "Queen of Sheba." Get into Henok's Addis Ababa sounds above.

"Konjo Konjo" and "Queen of Sheba" are available everywhere now from Okaymusic

Bonj & Maramza "Uwrongo"

On "Uwrongo," South African singer Bonj mourns a relationship that went wrong. The once special somebody she's making reference to messed with her heart, and she's telling them uwrongo. She does this over a selection of sinewy synths that contribute to the emotion in the song. The music, which was produced by Maramza, leans towards EDM, with a smoky bassline and a dance floor-ready rhythm.

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Zubz & The Assembly 'Podcast'

South African hip-hop artists The Assembly and Zubz' new Podcast EP is a much-needed dose of positivity. Read our interview with them.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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