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Falz 'Moral Instruction'

The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring Falz, King Monada, Zlatan, Yemi Alade 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.


Falz 'Moral Instruction'

Falz has just dropped his brand new album, Moral Instruction. As the title implies, the new record follows the rapper as he tackles several topics dealing with Nigeria's social ills and issues with political & social awareness throughout its nine tracks. The album notably samples Fela Kuti, who was undoubtedly outspoken about similar issues himself, in some of its standout songs. Additionally, the cover art for Moral Instruction was crafted by Nigerian artist and longtime Fela collaborator Lemi Ghariokwu—the man behind many of Fela Kuti's iconic covers. The album's lead single, "Talk," got a new music video as well which you can check out above.

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King Monada 'Chuwana'

South Africa's King Monada won the summer of 2019 with his viral hit "Malwedhe." The dust has barely settled from the idibala dance, and the Limpopo artist drops a new single and music video. The song is about being poor while having people think you are rich. And the song's video depicts the rags-to-riches narrative. In the beginning of the video, you see the artist trying to make ends meet. Towards the end, he's spotted in a fancy kitchen and later partying it up with some fly women.

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Zlatan 'Zanku (Leg Work)'

If you are a fan of afrobeats dance, then you're probably familiar with the increasingly popular dance move known as zanku. The intricate move was first introduced by Nigerian artist Zlatan in the video for Chinko Ekun's "Able God, but now the artist has shared the music video for the much-anticipated dance song, "Zanku (Leg Work)." The music video features Zlatan and various street dancers, who show off their impressive legwork as they zanku throughout the colorful music video.

Read: Is Zanku Set to be the New Dance Craze of 2019?

Amaal 'Not What I Thought'

Amaal is a Somali-Canadian singer whose latest offering, "Not What I Thought," has us entranced. In her new single, the Toronto-based songwriter pairs hazy R&B; soundscapes with melancholic lyrics about a relationship that's come to an end. It's a captivating song that's only improved by its Sean Brown-directed music video, which follows Amaal to the foggy beaches, waterfalls and green landscapes of Iceland.

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Tellaman "Hit Me Up" 

Durban singer, songwriter and producer Tellaman is finally releasing his debut album. The project, which is titled God Decides, is coming on the 1st of February. It will feature Shekhinah, Rowlene, frequent collaborator Nasty C, and up-and-coming Durban-based MC crownedYung. When you pre-order or pre-save God Decides, you'll get "Hit Me Up +27737088688," the only song available from the album so far. The tune sees the artist croon to a woman who he wants to be with after an unsuccessful previous relationship. He does this over a luxurious soft trap instrumental that boasts sexy ambient pads and 808s.

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Yemi Alade 'Oga'

Yemi Alade hasn't earned the title of "The Nigerian Queen of Music Videos" for no reason. The Nigerian singer is known for delivering standout visual productions and her latest, for her "Oga" is no different. In the striking video, Yemi takes her place as the oga at the top by leading a group of samurais in battle, sitting comfortably on her throne, and dressing up as various tribal chiefs.

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uSanele 'Gangular'

Boyzn Bucks and Spova Gang member and rapper uSanele released a new EP today. Gangular is only four tracks long, and only lasts for 17 minutes. But you'll probably find yourself spending an hour with it. Simply because it's an outstanding body of work that begs you have it on repeat over and over again.

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Kannon 'The Walk Through'

The Walk Through is the debut album by rising Nigerian artist, producer and sound engineer Ademola Adegbite, also known as Kannon. Following the release of his first official singles, "Stay Up" and "Cavalli," Kannon delivers a solid project that contains mostly Afro-hip-hop sounds. This one's sure to catch any listeners attention whether you love to move or love conscious music.

The Walk Through is available on all platforms now.

Two New EPs Produced By Beatmochini 

South African hip-hop legend, Pretoria-based producer Beatmochini aka Trompie is not here to play games. He's still letting the music do the talking. After releasing a stellar album last year, I Am Also Human (which made our list of the best SA hip-hop releases of 2018), the producer has released not one, but two EPs, and we are only two weeks into the year. The first project, ReBirth EP (No plan B: part 1) sees Beatmochini's clean production meets the equally pristine and soulful vocals of Zimkhitha. The second project is titled Finally Out EP (No plan B: part 2) and is by the MC KhashanE, who the producer has collaborated with many times before. As a result, their chemistry is undeniable.

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LasGiiDi 'One Shot' featuring Poizon Ivy & Giggz

LasGiiDi, who spends his time between Lagos and Houston, comes through with an injection of afrobeats energy with "One Shot." The new single and music video, which was shot across New York City, sees him linking up with DJ Poizon Ivy and producer Giggz.

"One Shot" is available now

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Adekunle Gold, EL x Joey B x Falz, Tiwa Savage, Tshegue, Afro B, Davido 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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Cover of Mariam Makeba's album 'A Promise' and Lady Donli's 'Classic'

Sample Chief, a Go-To Platform for African Music Knowledge, Share 5 of Their Favorite Samples

From highlighting vintage Guinean records in rap songs to Nollywood references in afropop, Sample Chief wants to be an "all-knowing wizard" that "shares African music intelligence on a deeper level."

Samples are the foundation of just about all of our favorite songs whether we know them or not. For music lovers, discovering a rare song within a song can feel like stumbling upon a gem, leaving us to wonder what other musical treasures lie hidden in the songs we listen to regularly. Sample Chief is the digital platform dedicated to helping music nerds find these rare cuts by unearthing the African sounds at the heart of contemporary African music and other genres.

From rare Cameroonian-Nigerian samples on Tyler the Creator's Igor, to samples and interpolations of Nollywood movies in today's African pop, the primarily Instagram, Twitter and YouTube-based platform aims to be an "all-knowing wizard" that "shares African music intelligence on a deeper level," says Sample Chief's founder Ore Sami-Orungbe.

Sami-Orungbe, a Toronto-based student and DJ who runs Sample Chief with his business partner Sandrine Somé, decided to create the page after realizing that there were no solid outlets to go to for the discovery of samples both in and of African music. "I was on a plane listening to 'Sicker' by Niniola and thinking, 'there's a huge sample on it, (she samples "Alaye" by L.K.T) but is there a database I could go to if I feel like I've heard a song before and want to know where the sample came from? There wasn't. So I thought maybe I should fill the void." He adds that with Sample Chief, the goal is to "be a platform that brings a community of users together and opens up a space where they can share their knowledge of African music. We break down songs and highlight the influences, the samples, interpolations, and the references behind it."

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8 South African Albums & EPs to Stream While Staying Home

Let these South African releases from Bongeziwe Mabandla, Shabaka and the Ancestors, King Monada and others hold you down during lockdown.

This month saw a number of releases from South African artists. While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken money away from a majority of artists, this could be the best time for listeners to go through the new music that was released.

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What to Watch at Home During Coronavirus Shutdown: ARRAY's New Digital African Film Series

The film platform, from director Ava DuVernay, is hosting a weekly movie-viewing experience for the "global online community of cinephiles."

If you're looking for African films to dive into while at home during the coronavirus outbreak, a new digital series from award-winning director Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY is a great place to start. The multi-media platform and arts collective is launching its #ARRAYMatinee series, and each film will be available for viewing here.

#ARRAYMatinee is a virtual movie-viewing experience that will screen a string of the collective's previously released independent films from Africa and the diaspora. The weekly series begins on Wednesday, April 1 with a viewing of the 2015 South African coming-of-age film Ayanda. "Viewers will take a cinematic journey to the international destinations and cultures featured in five films that were released via the ARRAY Releasing independent film distribution collective that amplifies that work of emerging filmmakers of color and women of all kinds," says the platform in a press release. To promote a communal viewing experience, viewers are also encouraged to have discussions on Twitter, using the hashtag #ARRAYMatinee.

The five-part series will run weekly until May 13, and also includes films from Liberia, Ghana, and Grenada. See the full viewing schedule below with descriptions from ARRAY, and visit ARRAY's site at the allotted times to watch.

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