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Skepta, JAE5 and Rema on the "Dimension" cover art.

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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.


JAE5 'Dimension' ft. Skepta, Rema

JAE5 , the UK-based producer of Ghanaian origin shares his own debut single, "Dimension," and he's brought some noteworthy company in the shape of Skepta and Rema. "Dimension" is a love letter to his home nation of Ghana, a press statement reads, and its music video was shot there. "For my first single, I wanted to pull off something that represented me well. It had to be heavily influenced by Afrobeats and the UK urban scene," JAE5 mentions in a statement.

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Emtee 'Laqhasha'

Emtee has officially released his new rap single "Laqhasha" featuring Lolli Native and Flash Ikumkani. The single is yet another banging single from his highly anticipated album Logan which is set to drop this coming April. The single is a trippy hip-hop track that will leave Emtee fans satisfied. The song is about the hustle life and making ends meet.

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Frenna & Yemi Alade 'Handle It'

Ghanaian-Dutch artist, Frenna, has shared stunning visuals for his latest single "Handle It" which comes off the artist's upcoming album Highest. "Handle It" features Nigerian afro-pop singer Yemi Alade and, together with Frenna, they make one irresistible music video.

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DBN GOGO X BLAQNICK X MASTERBLAQ FT MPURA, M.J & AMA AVENGER 'KHUZA GOGO'

South African DJ DBN Gogo, Blaqnick and MasterBlaq, have released a new dance single "Khuza Gogo" featuring Mpura, Ama Avenger and M.J. The single is just the perfect way to start the weekend. The vocals and production on the track do not disappoint. DBN Gogo's "Khuza Gogo" is sure to keep dance ablaze with the quirky lyrics which are reminiscent of the underground Pitori amapiano scene where her DJing career began in 2017.

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Tayc 'Le Temps'

France's 'AfroLove' star Tayc came through recently with his latest single "Le Temps." The addictive song, built on a relentless afro-fusion beat, is taken from his debut album Fleur Froide which includes collaborations with Tiwa Savage and Christine and The Queens. With this song, Tayc got his first #1 single on official French charts. The music video is now sitting at over 9 million views.

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M.anifest x Vic Mensa x Moily 'No Fear'

Ghanaian heavyweight rapper and longtime OkayAfrica favorite M.anifest comes through with a huge collaboration that sees him linking up with Vic Mensa and newcomer Moily. The hard-hitting "No Fear" is a life motto, of sorts, rapped over big kick drums and stuttering synths. "As soon as the first line left my lips I immediately knew 'No Fear' had that life-mantra sort of energy," M.anifest explains."The link up with Vic was long overdue and he hopped on it as soon as he heard it with some incredible bars. Moliy put that balsy feminine sauce on it to compliment the cinematic production."

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Justin Bieber x Burna Boy 'Loved By You'

Justin Bieber has released his new album, Justice, today. A notable feature is Burna Boy who appears on track 14 of the album, "Loved By You." The song, which is about needing to be loved by someone, is a guitar-led composition that sees Burna Boy take over for the second verse.

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


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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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